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Old Oct 1, 2009, 09:13 AM   #1
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I thought businessmen weren't going to build tall sky scrapers in the world anymore because of terrorism, and yet another one is coming up. Actually, this one is going to be the tallest in the world.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091001/..._tallest_tower
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Old Oct 1, 2009, 09:25 AM   #2
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It's ridiculous how tall the building is. I'd really love to see it someday.
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Old Oct 1, 2009, 10:01 AM   #3
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Old Oct 1, 2009, 10:04 AM   #4
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Soon, astronauts will be making manned elevator missions to the moon.
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Old Oct 1, 2009, 10:13 AM   #5
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Petronas Towers way too tall in that rendering. Their "height" is the top of their "spires", while Sears' height is the top of the 110th floor, the antennae excluded. If you're on the roof of the Sears you're looking down on Petronas.

Taipei is way too tall as well.

Sorry KBLEE, that graph sucks.
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Old Oct 1, 2009, 10:14 AM   #6
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Here's a better comparison of non-Burg buildings:

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Old Oct 1, 2009, 10:20 AM   #7
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The Burj Dubai is beautiful.

Here's a mega-photo-thread on the Burj Dubai, continuously updated starting in December 2004.

Let's jump to today's posts on Page 393:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...06899&page=393


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Old Oct 1, 2009, 10:31 AM   #8
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Soon, astronauts will be making manned elevator missions to the moon.
Totally different issue than tall buildings.

This will maybe happen, but not soon.

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Old Oct 1, 2009, 10:39 AM   #9
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Petronas Towers way too tall in that rendering. Their "height" is the top of their "spires", while Sears' height is the top of the 110th floor, the antennae excluded. If you're on the roof of the Sears you're looking down on Petronas.

Taipei is way too tall as well.

Sorry KBLEE, that graph sucks.
The Petronas Towers' spires are considered part of the architecture of the building and are counted towards the height. The Willis Tower's antennae can be removed or something so that's why it's only counted to it's roof. I'm assuming it's the same for Taipei.
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Old Oct 1, 2009, 10:49 AM   #10
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No offense KBLEE, but Dan's graph is more accurate.

I've been following the Burj for a couple years now. It's not only amazing how tall this thing is (and it's legitimately tall, unlike Petronas), but how many other tall buildings are going up in that city. It's ridiculously amazing. I saw a photo somewhere and counted something like, a million different cranes simultaneously working on various structures and high-rises in Dubai. And none of them were little. Unbelievable.

It's like building the entire city of Chicago in a span of 15 years. Unreal.

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Old Oct 1, 2009, 12:19 PM   #11
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All I can say is wow. You really don't get it until you see the pics Dan provided (Thank You). Just imagine what it's like seeing it in person.
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Old Oct 1, 2009, 12:59 PM   #12
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I still like KBLEE's diagram because I will never call the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower.

Also, we should build a cheater tower also, with a structural rod that goes up another 500 meters from the top of it's useful floor.

Thats brings me to a better way to measure building height. A building should be measured by how high on the building a person can actually get to, and just not through structural design.
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Old Oct 1, 2009, 02:10 PM   #13
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No offense KBLEE, but Dan's graph is more accurate.

I've been following the Burj for a couple years now. It's not only amazing how tall this thing is (and it's legitimately tall, unlike Petronas), but how many other tall buildings are going up in that city. It's ridiculously amazing. I saw a photo somewhere and counted something like, a million different cranes simultaneously working on various structures and high-rises in Dubai. And none of them were little. Unbelievable.

It's like building the entire city of Chicago in a span of 15 years. Unreal.
It is unbelievable the scale of the building projects going on there. They are building the "World's Largest" everything there. World's largest shopping malls, world's largest indoor sports complex, world's largest hotels, and on and on. They even built man made island communities that are basically giant subdivisions built in the middle of the ocean off shore.

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Old Oct 1, 2009, 02:15 PM   #14
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On Dan's last picture, did anyone else find themselves wondering how they planned to get that red construction crane down?

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Old Oct 1, 2009, 02:33 PM   #15
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On Dan's last picture, did anyone else find themselves wondering how they planned to get that red construction crane down?
Wow - I didn't even see it until you mentioned it. Maybe it has wings...
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Old Oct 1, 2009, 08:15 PM   #16
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No offense KBLEE, but Dan's graph is more accurate.

I've been following the Burj for a couple years now. It's not only amazing how tall this thing is (and it's legitimately tall, unlike Petronas), but how many other tall buildings are going up in that city. It's ridiculously amazing. I saw a photo somewhere and counted something like, a million different cranes simultaneously working on various structures and high-rises in Dubai. And none of them were little. Unbelievable.

It's like building the entire city of Chicago in a span of 15 years. Unreal.
Not sure if this is the photo you saw, but it's pretty cool.



This website has that picture, plus a lot of other neat ones from the Dubai architecture. The buildings there are just amazing, not to mention the islands they are making.

Here's a picture of their indoor skiing facility. More of this can be seen here.

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Old Oct 1, 2009, 10:23 PM   #17
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Those pictures are crazy. Thats explosive growth there, time to change all my Sep IRA accounts to any offshore account with a Dubai company in it.

Yep, the world is definitely catching up, if not already caught up to us.
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Old Oct 2, 2009, 06:40 AM   #18
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Incredible. Where is the demand for all that space coming from?
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Old Oct 2, 2009, 07:39 AM   #19
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It's like a giant nuclear bomb went off, except instead of destroying everything at once, it built everything at once. Did that make any sense whatsoever?

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Old Oct 2, 2009, 11:35 AM   #20
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Those pics are insane. I don't even know how there could be the resources to sustain that scale of place in the middle of a desert country. The money being invested right now there probably dwarfs any other place on earth by several orders of magnitude.

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Old Oct 2, 2009, 12:30 PM   #21
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The reason Dubai is building all of this is that they are running out of oil and want to rely on tourism, not because they are catching up with the USA.
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Old Oct 2, 2009, 01:13 PM   #22
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We have our own desert, why would I fly all across the world to go to this one?

Oh yeah, to see the world's tallest building.
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Old Oct 2, 2009, 01:36 PM   #23
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Burj Dubai is impressively tall and IMO a beautiful building as well. It is a lot like Sears (same architect or designer, I think?) with the bundled construction dropping out on the way up. Imagine a 160 floor version of Burnham 310....
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Old Oct 2, 2009, 02:00 PM   #24
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Here's a better comparison of non-Burg buildings:

Ugh...nice comparison except for the Willis Tower label. There is something wrong with one of the most iconic American buildings being name after a foreign company.
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Old Oct 2, 2009, 02:15 PM   #25
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It will never be the Willis Tower to me. That sounds like fat guy.

Sears Tower is an iconic name in Chicago and an important symbol.
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