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Chinese Firm Approved To Raise World's Tallest Building In 90 Days

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the but-I-want-it-now! dept.

China 307

kkleiner writes "The long anticipated Chinese construction project called Sky City, a 220-story building that can house 30,000 people, has finally received approval from the central government to break ground. The firm Broad Sustainable Building previously constructed a prefab 30-story building in 15 days, but for Sky City, they have an even more aggressive schedule: 90 days to build 2,750 feet into the air. Once completed, the building will be a place for people to both live and work, with recreational facilities, theaters, a school, and a hospital all within the structure."

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it's going to fail (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43922867)

I feel sorry for people who will die inside of collapsed building. I know commies, I know how they work...

Re:it's going to fail (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43922949)

Since it is such a high-profile building, I suggest they put the government into it. Into the highest stories, of course, something below that would not do. And of course the government officials also get to live in the building, in the stories just below the government offices.

Re:it's going to fail (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923293)

Nah. Fill the whole damn building with them. The lower floors will be just as lethal whether this pancakes, shears, or tips over.

I am not one to wish ill on anyone, but the Chinese will have this one coming to them. Their lust for speed and the need to "wow the world with superior Chinese methodology" will ultimately fall around their ears. They may be building cities and building at break-neck speed, but a lot of their infrastructure is rotten to the core. My prediction? The failure of their bullet train [guardian.co.uk] was just a glimpse of the future. I see a lot more failure from their corrupt business practices. Couple this with the social unrest of the one-child per family, resulting in 30 million unmarried men [blogspot.com] , and you have the fodder stimulating a revolution.

Re:it's going to fail (5, Insightful)

ocamsrazor (228566) | about a year ago | (#43923625)

There are two kinds of failure. The failure of ambitious dreams that maybe we'll see in china. And the never ending failure of the miserable cynical bastards in the west who never open their mouths but to whine about how terrible everything is. People so fundamentally opposed to a better world tomorrow that the highest political ambition is austerity (both economic and environmental).

You want to talk about rotten infrastructure and social unrest? Let's see where another ten years of politicians "saving money" get's you.

Re:it's going to fail (2)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923721)

Is it really cynical to say "Look, corner cutting in the name of big name projects is well documented. I worry this will end very poorly."?

Or are you just trying to make yourself feel superior?

Re: it's going to fail (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923765)

"Look, corner cutting in the name of big name projects is well documented. I worry this will end very poorly."?

Corner cutting is exactly how this thing could succeed! It could be a cylinder!

Re:it's going to fail (3, Insightful)

oobayly (1056050) | about a year ago | (#43923999)

Couple this with the social unrest of the one-child per family, resulting in 30 million unmarried men [blogspot.com], and you have the fodder stimulating a revolution.

How is the imbalance caused by the one-child per family policy? It was caused by the selective abortion by short-sighted people who thought that having an unmarried male heir is better than a married female heir (either that or they thought that they were the only people with the genius idea of making sure they'd have a son)

Other points - spot on.

Re:it's going to fail (2, Funny)

daem0n1x (748565) | about a year ago | (#43923637)

I'm more sorry for all the 1 375 Chinese that will have their feet severed to

build 2,750 feet into the air

Re:it's going to fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923975)

I'm more sorry for all the 1 375 Chinese that will have their feet severed to

build 2,750 feet into the air

I see what you did there.

Re:it's going to fail (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43924029)

You still think China is a communist nation de facto and not just in name only? Awww that's *adorable*

And it takes 100 days to fix a clock? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43922889)

Hey, that is 10 days less than it takes BBC to fix a clock on their homepage :)

Re:And it takes 100 days to fix a clock? (4, Funny)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about a year ago | (#43923073)

Well that depends on how you calculate time doesn't it?

Re:And it takes 100 days to fix a clock? (4, Funny)

telchine (719345) | about a year ago | (#43923155)

Well that depends on how you calculate time doesn't it?

Time is a like a series of tubes, the more tubes you have, the faster time flows.

Re:And it takes 100 days to fix a clock? (1)

dj245 (732906) | about a year ago | (#43923759)

Well that depends on how you calculate time doesn't it?

I know this is supposed to be funny, but if you change the definition of "completed" to "as large as it is going to get", then the calculation of time gets a lot shorter.

If you think this is ridiculous, just look at ship construction. A ship is "completed" when it is launched, but the time required for fitting the equipment and commissioning can take years.

Re:And it takes 100 days to fix a clock? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923947)

Time is an illusion, BBC time doubly so.

Re:And it takes 100 days to fix a clock? (2)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#43923247)

Hey, that is 10 days less than it takes BBC to fix a clock on their homepage :)

That's relative. Clearly, the Chinese economy is moving faster that UK's.

Re: And it takes 100 days to fix a clock? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923389)

Moving for the sake of movement, doesn't mean it's a good thing. This is not the publicity cliche. Next title in 180 days... "Worlds tallest building falls over, ones of people hurt". Yes this is a reference to the Chinese ghost cities of build it and no one will come.

Re: And it takes 100 days to fix a clock? (1)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#43923497)

Moving for the sake of movement, doesn't mean it's a good thing.

Bzzzt... wrong answer... the correct way to account for the difference of "100 staff x (UK) imperial days" into "90 days x Chinese units of length" is by using Lorentz transformation... speed needs to be taken into account, irrespective if it's good or bad.

Re:And it takes 100 days to fix a clock? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923397)

No, BBC requires 90 "working days" while this building only requires 90 days.

Re:And it takes 100 days to fix a clock? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923667)

Yes but this is different. See the building already finished, They just need to raise it to a vertical position.

Re:And it takes 100 days to fix a clock? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923733)

Fair to say they're probably throwing a bit more than a couple of developers at the problem.

I'd expect AT LEAST a dedicated coffee fetcher.

90 days to raise... (0, Redundant)

ctrl-alt-canc (977108) | about a year ago | (#43922891)

...a few seconds to collapse!

Re: 90 days to raise... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923439)

Reminds me of the Shanghai building collapse where a whole building fell over on its side.

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2009/06/29/shanghai-building-collapses-nearly-intact/

Re: 90 days to raise... (1)

trum4n (982031) | about a year ago | (#43923819)

This is exactly what i'm worried will happen. The building itself is well built from what i can see, but you can't prefab a foundation, and a real foundation takes time.

Re:90 days to raise... (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#43923829)

Lots of American shit fell down too. Lots of European shit as well. China just gets more publicity because the narrative is that everything made in China is a cheap knock-off of some western product that inevitably crashes and burns.

China has a poor safety record. So does everyone else, at least historically. That's one of the reasons why they call them developing economies.

Re:90 days to raise... (2)

MightyYar (622222) | about a year ago | (#43924007)

There is a difference between a building collapsing because it was the first of it's kind 100 years ago and a building collapsing because the inspector was paid off by the guy selling substandard cement, 100 years after the materials and architectural engineering have been worked out. There were some high-profile crane collapses in Manhattan in the past few years that demonstrate stupidity and corruption if you want a US example.

Larry Niven's Oath of Fealty (1)

Bruce66423 (1678196) | about a year ago | (#43922893)

talks about that sort of building...

Re:Larry Niven's Oath of Fealty (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923167)

Judge Dredd did it first.

Re:Larry Niven's Oath of Fealty (0)

JasterBobaMereel (1102861) | about a year ago | (#43923589)

90 days is the construction time

Add to that the time to plan and prefabricate and you end up with a time similar to a conventional building ...

But it is cheaper to build (unless transportation costs are excessive)

Re:Larry Niven's Oath of Fealty (2)

dave420 (699308) | about a year ago | (#43923737)

In total it takes about 7 months. That is still a lot faster than building traditionally. Moving the fabrication to a factory, where the environment is controlled and heavy, more permanent machinery can be installed and used, clearly is more efficient.

Built in 90 days (4, Insightful)

Viol8 (599362) | about a year ago | (#43922895)

Falls down in 90 seconds.

And if anyone thinks I'm being unfair they should read up on the safety compromises chinese railways made in the rush to build high speed lines in record time.

Re:Built in 90 days (1)

cold fjord (826450) | about a year ago | (#43923029)

The big question is, if it does fall down, will we have to endure 12 years of conspiracy theories about false flags, controlled demolition, and transwarpthermite? I don't think I would have the strength to endure that. Again.

Re:Built in 90 days (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923055)

I think there might be a slight difference between a pre-fab 2000+ foot tall building that was assembled in 90 days and what you're referring to.

Re:Built in 90 days (1)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about a year ago | (#43923093)

will we have to endure 12 years of conspiracy theories about false flags

No .. it would collapse in record time. Even physics would fail in the face of the record conspiracy theory collapse, fueling still more'anecdotal' evidence of China's control of the masses.

Re:Built in 90 days (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923069)

In defence of the chinese, they have built plenty of skyscrapers and seem to be fairly competent at it. I'm sure that the delays in getting government approval was largely about making guarantees that there will not be an embarrassingly spectacular failure. What I would expect to be poorly done are the little things like plumbing and wiring that are so often under-spec in chinese buildings and will likely making living in such a huge building a misery.

Re:Built in 90 days (5, Interesting)

tippe (1136385) | about a year ago | (#43923581)

You're not the only one that thinks so. From TFA:

Head of Structures for WSP Middle East, Bart Leclercq, told Middle East Architect, “I don’t think it’s possible to build [an 838m tower] as quickly as they claim. If they manage to build this structure in three months then I will give up structural engineering. I will hang my hat and retire. I will be eating humble pie as well.”
Leclercq likes the idea of prefabrication but says concrete poured onsite in tall buildings provides stiffness, and the time it takes concrete to cure is non-negotiable. He thinks the five-year mark set by the Burj Khalifa is about as good as it gets with current techniques and technologies.

Empire State Building Built in 14 months (3, Interesting)

wilby (141905) | about a year ago | (#43923853)

You're not the only one that thinks so. From TFA:

Head of Structures for WSP Middle East, Bart Leclercq, told Middle East Architect, “I don’t think it’s possible to build [an 838m tower] as quickly as they claim. If they manage to build this structure in three months then I will give up structural engineering. I will hang my hat and retire. I will be eating humble pie as well.”
Leclercq likes the idea of prefabrication but says concrete poured onsite in tall buildings provides stiffness, and the time it takes concrete to cure is non-negotiable. He thinks the five-year mark set by the Burj Khalifa is about as good as it gets with current techniques and technologies.

Five years to build with current technology?
The Empire State Building in New York was built in 14 months.
Maybe they should look at using 1930's technology.

Re:Empire State Building Built in 14 months (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43924039)

Five years to build with current technology?
The Empire State Building in New York was built in 14 months.
Maybe they should look at using 1930's technology.

They also didn't have OSHA and other worker protections back in the 1930's. A lot of men were injured or fell to their death constructing the Empire State Building on a practically slave wages.

Re:Built in 90 days (2)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#43923863)

They are not building it in 90 days, they are erecting it. The building is pre-fabricated in a factory and assembled on site. Lots of places do buildings that way, including Germany which is particular fond of it.

They are ambitious, but their plan is also quite solid (pun intended).

Re:Built in 90 days (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923585)

Oh, I don't think you're being unfair. You just say that like the U.S. isn't also making compromises when it comes to construction and maintenance and endangering peoples lives, which they are. [homelandse...wswire.com]

Re:Built in 90 days (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923957)

Seems to me the USA has bigger problems just keeping simple bridges up. Shouldn't trolls like you be more concerned about them than issues that haven't happened in a country you've never been to?

The future! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43922911)

This makes me think of an arcology. All that it's missing is a few floors dedicated to high-efficiency hydroponic food production and its own power generation. Throw in massive corporations having more power than the government, complete with private militaries, and we'll have our own cyberpunk dystopia.

Re:The future! (1)

Optali (809880) | about a year ago | (#43922955)

... and we'll have our own cyberpunk dystopia.

In China !!!

And to put the icing on the cake we equip everything with cameras and broadcast the thing live and we have the first ever cyberpunk reality series!!! Awesome!!

A 90 Day Erection (5, Funny)

Ukab the Great (87152) | about a year ago | (#43922937)

Is something to be wary of.

Re:A 90 Day Erection (3, Funny)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#43923271)

Wonder how many rhinoceros and tigers were sacrificed?

Re:A 90 Day Erection (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923359)

Wonder how many rhinoceros and tigers were sacrificed?

Not quite as many brown children that was sacrificed for One World Trade Center.

Hive City (3, Funny)

Aboroth (1841308) | about a year ago | (#43922951)

This is history in the making, humanity's first hive city [wikia.com] . Glory to the Emperor!

Re:Hive City (1)

tgd (2822) | about a year ago | (#43923467)

This is history in the making, humanity's first hive city [wikia.com] . Glory to the Emperor!

There were a couple places like this one in Hong Kong, north of the city even 15 years ago.

Its the scale that is new, not the concept.

Seems like overkill (2, Insightful)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | about a year ago | (#43922959)

Shouldn't they work on filling those empty cities before they build more stuff? Or maybe reduce pollution?

Re:Seems like overkill (2, Insightful)

Mashiki (184564) | about a year ago | (#43923013)

Nah. Gotta keep up the imaginary growth factor, after all it's not like banks over there are already running into issues seizing assets from companies who've taken loans out against them. You know, two, three or sometimes four times. Wish I could find the article on zero hedge again but it was up sometime last year.

Re:Seems like overkill (4, Insightful)

tgd (2822) | about a year ago | (#43923475)

Nah. Gotta keep up the imaginary growth factor, after all it's not like banks over there are already running into issues seizing assets from companies who've taken loans out against them. You know, two, three or sometimes four times. Wish I could find the article on zero hedge again but it was up sometime last year.

Every country's growth is based on an imaginary growth factor.

At least they're getting infrastructure out of it.

Re:Seems like overkill (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923177)

Shouldn't they work on [...] Or maybe reduce pollution?

Assuming that there will be no highways inside of the building, this is going to reduce pollution.

Re:Seems like overkill (1)

ericloewe (2129490) | about a year ago | (#43923245)

Their current solution for their pollution problems is telling people to stay inside. This seems like a logical next step in an idiotic pollution management system.

A year in development/approval (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43922971)

The inhabitat story linked to in the prior post was written a year ago (with plans to be constructed by end of January 2013). So they are still covering at least some bases not rushing through for an arbitrary deadline.

What can possibly go wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923017)

I guess we'll just have to wait and find out!

What could possibly go wrong? (0)

Smerta (1855348) | about a year ago | (#43923063)

I've seen my fair share of bad ideas over my life, but this has got to be up there with the worst of them.

Old news, obsoleted six months ago (5, Informative)

Nuffsaid (855987) | about a year ago | (#43923081)

The Fine Article is a full year old. On October 17 2012 the very same source reported that the firm revised its plans, pointing to a more reasonable (but still very short) 210 days construction time. http://inhabitat.com/worlds-tallest-skyscraper-to-be-built-in-210-days-instead-of-90-as-originally-planned/ [inhabitat.com]

my faucet has been dripping for 3 years (0, Troll)

decora (1710862) | about a year ago | (#43923087)

but you know what? last night i went to Lowe's and asked this guy how to fix it. Fortunately my wife speaks spanish, so she was able to install a new faucet in about 3 days.

take that, China.

Units in the summary (5, Insightful)

Freultwah (739055) | about a year ago | (#43923101)

I realise that many /. readers are from the US, but out of politeness to the rest of the world, it would have been nice to provide metric units in the summary in addition to the imperial units. Yes, I can go and convert them and so can others, but such accumulated waste of time could have been easily avoided.

Re:Units in the summary (2, Informative)

JRowe47 (2459214) | about a year ago | (#43923299)

Learn to guesstimate big numbers. It will help reduce your apparent anxiety when confronted with American imperial units of measurement.

It takes about a second or so of guesswork - 1000 feet is about 300 meters. 2000 is 600. 75% of 300 is 225, so we get a guesstimate of 225 + 300 + 300 = 825m . In reality, we're off by about 13, but remember, that doesn't matter. If you're really good at math, you could subsitute 304 for 300 and get closer to the reality, but why bother? The more you do conversions like that, the easier they get.

Out of politeness to your future self, you should adjust your attitude and simply accept that sometimes you'll have to think a little bit. Not much, fortunately, but a little.

And if you absolutely can't handle it, then take responsibility for your own information consumption and install an automatic converter. There are plugins for firefox and chrome that automatically convert units to and from metric and imperial. You can even auto-convert units of currency. You'll never have to waste another second on translating again.

Real politeness never imposes on others. Do unto others as you would have done unto you has a nice corollary: do for yourself what you'd expect to do for others. At some point you have to take care of yourself. :)

Re:Units in the summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923381)

Learn to guesstimate big numbers. It will help reduce your apparent anxiety when confronted with American imperial units of measurement.

It takes about a second or so of guesswork - 1000 feet is about 300 meters. 2000 is 600. 75% of 300 is 225, so we get a guesstimate of 225 + 300 + 300 = 825m . In reality, we're off by about 13, but remember, that doesn't matter. If you're really good at math, you could subsitute 304 for 300 and get closer to the reality, but why bother? The more you do conversions like that, the easier they get.

Out of politeness to your future self, you should adjust your attitude and simply accept that sometimes you'll have to think a little bit. Not much, fortunately, but a little.

And if you absolutely can't handle it, then take responsibility for your own information consumption and install an automatic converter. There are plugins for firefox and chrome that automatically convert units to and from metric and imperial. You can even auto-convert units of currency. You'll never have to waste another second on translating again.

Real politeness never imposes on others. Do unto others as you would have done unto you has a nice corollary: do for yourself what you'd expect to do for others. At some point you have to take care of yourself. :)

That has to be one of the most condescending posts I have ever seen in the last 15 years on Slashdot.

I just we (the US) would join the rest of civilization and just use the Metric system. It's a superior system - and calculations that would require a calculator for most in Imperial units can be done in one's head. Like, what is the mass of 371ml of water?

371 grams.

What is the cubic volume of 371 grams of water?

371 cubic centimeters.

It would be wonderful for building materials too. I went to Home Depot the other day fro plywood and you;ll see sheets with thicknesses of 33/64 and other ridiculous fractions. And you have to get your mind around a 3/4 panel or 25/32 panel.

I want millimeters dammit!

And don't get me started on having to have two sets of tools - SAE and Metric - to work on my car.

Re:Units in the summary (3, Insightful)

JRowe47 (2459214) | about a year ago | (#43923533)

Condescending? I wasn't preaching imperial superiority or anything like that.

I already know the metric system. I accept the fact that there are two conventions, and I live with it. I agree the metric system is easier. At some point, however, you have to reconcile yourself to the undeniable fact that there are times in life you'll have to deal with imperial units. It sucks, but get over it. (That last bit was condescending, in case you missed it.)

As for the post that started this, he implied that the summary was somehow impolite because it didn't conform to his preferred units of measurement. I responded in kind. The summary wasn't impolite, it's a consequence of the worldwide culture we live in. It's not logical to go around expecting the rest of the world to conform to your notions of right and wrong (metric right, imperial wrong.) Even when metric measurement is clearly and objectively a superior system, it's not "impolite" to use imperial units of measurement It's especially not sensible to couch your expectation of other people's conformity in some sort of assumption that noncomformity is offensive or rude.

At worst, noncomformity is ignorant. At best, it's simply a competing convention. Learn to accept that and your life will have much less needless stress.

Re:Units in the summary (1)

Hans Adler (2446464) | about a year ago | (#43923945)

Well, yes, there are times when I have to use the system of measurement used by roughly 5 % of the world population rather than the one used by the other 95%. But there shouldn't be so many of these occasions.

Just like a news report in the US should not assume familiarity with the Spanish language just because it's the mother tongue of 12 % of the US population.

Re:Units in the summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43924005)

Just like a news report in the US should not assume familiarity with the Spanish language just because it's the mother tongue of 12 % of the US population.

Are you implying that the metric system is the "mother system" of units of even a majority of Slashdot readers?
I don't buy that.

Re:Units in the summary (4, Insightful)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#43923931)

The US is one of only three countries in the world that uses that system. Some people in the UK do but it isn't taught at school any more. You expect the rest of the world to know conversion ratios for your archaic system. Feet just happen to be an easy 1/3 ratio with metres but most other Imperial units are not.

Politeness would be recognizing that you chose not to use the standard system everyone else does but still accommodating them with a quick google conversion.

Re:Units in the summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43924003)

Please stop using the word "guesstimate", the word "estimate" works fine enough, and doesn't sound as retarded.

Re:Units in the summary (2)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#43923333)

Given the origin, imperial units are fine... except the empire that was used is totally wrong.
For the case at hand, it should have been expressed in chi [wikipedia.org] ; the building will be 2514.6 chi high.

Seriously, one wonders when will those Western barbarians start to learn something?
Even if it's only the basic mandarin; can't be that hard, tens of millions of children learn it effortlessly.

(grin)

Re:Units in the summary (1, Insightful)

tgd (2822) | about a year ago | (#43923499)

I realise that many /. readers are from the US, but out of politeness to the rest of the world, it would have been nice to provide metric units in the summary in addition to the imperial units. Yes, I can go and convert them and so can others, but such accumulated waste of time could have been easily avoided.

And /. is in the US. Note the .org domain.

The post was also not in French, German, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Mogolian, Yiddish or Aztec.

American site. American English. American units of measure.

(Although, someone should do a units of measure translator like Bing and Google Translate can do with webpages.... so those of you who can't multiply by three in your head can read the site.)

Re:Units in the summary (2)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about a year ago | (#43923677)

And /. is in the US. Note the .org domain.

.org is an international domain. It has registrars around the world and supports internationalized domain names for Spanish, German, Danish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Swedish

Re:Units in the summary (2)

Rude Turnip (49495) | about a year ago | (#43923815)

There is no such thing as an American unit of measure. It's an a-national concept. The American military and scientists use metric. Do you hate our troops?

Re:Units in the summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923569)

Slashdot still has no support for comments containing non-English characters, and probably never will. I don't think they're in a hurry to be polite. Excuse me, I'm off to the café for a coffee.

Re:Units in the summary (1)

JasterBobaMereel (1102861) | about a year ago | (#43923577)

Metric is used in most of the world, including China where this is being built ...

The US uses metric for many things ...

Re:Units in the summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923865)

The US uses metric for many things ...

Just ask any American drug dealer.

Re:Units in the summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923915)

That would be 90 metric days

possibly rational (2)

stenvar (2789879) | about a year ago | (#43923211)

That's about $65/sq ft, somewhere around the cheapest US cities or Berlin. Most Asian and European cities are far more expensive. So, these kinds of building may make sense. I'd worry about maintenance, crime, and long-term value, though.

The real issue is (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923383)

that it looks awful flimsy, you'll probably hear every footstep and toilet flush...

2,750 foot = 3048 african swallow wingspans. (5, Funny)

Barryke (772876) | about a year ago | (#43923493)

I found it very hard to google the average foot size, so i converted it for you all to see.

modular (1)

Dereck1701 (1922824) | about a year ago | (#43923545)

The modular construction technique is pretty impressive, and while it would be great for shorter buildings I'm having my doubts as to its effectiveness in a skyscraper. Also while the structure looks pretty robust the facade, walls and flooring look a little flimsy and may not stand the test of time/usage.

A place to live (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43923701)

"the building will be a place for people to both live and work, with recreational facilities, theaters, a school, and a hospital all within the structure.

But no sunshine or trees. Oh right, squinty-eyed people don't require that to "live".

Arcologies (1)

Saethan (2725367) | about a year ago | (#43923713)

Can Maxis sue Broad Sustainable Building for prior art?

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(yes I know Maxis didn't come up with arcologies, it's a joke)

Re:Arcologies (1)

RobertNotBob (597987) | about a year ago | (#43923895)

Yes, you said it as a joke. And indeed that would be outrageous.

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Sadly, that won't prevent people from trying to sue somebody, these days...

nice post (-1)

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Chinese erections ! (1)

axonis (640949) | about a year ago | (#43923755)

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Outer structure in 90 days (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43924031)

This is just the frame of the building, not total completion. If they are using prefab components, while aggressive, i don't see a fundamental problem with the timeline.

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