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November 28, 2007

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Skyscrapers Aren't Square Anymore

Ah, nothing like a Wired article about crazy mega-engineering. This one’s about Bill Baker, an engineer at Skidmore Owings and Merrill. He worked on the engineering for the Burj Dubai, which will be the tallest building in the world by a wide margin.

What surprised me is the shape Baker came up with the solve the “2000-foot problem.” This thing is a giant tripod.

(Via Andrew Blum’s blog, ‘cause he wrote it.)

Okay, so: I just spent ten minutes clicking around SOM’s site. Unbelievable.

Posted November 28, 2007 at 1:18 | Comments (3) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted


Running into this story freaked me out because the cover photo is a couple blocks from my house.

Square is so yesterday. As time goes by, skyscrapers will become irregular, asymmetrical and generally bizarre.

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