Skip to comments.Is it possible to build a mile-high skyscraper?
Posted on 09/15/2020 6:05:57 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
Frank Lloyd Wright originally proposed The Mile-High Illinois in the 1950s. Innovations in construction materials and elevators are necessary to reach the one mile height and beyond. We may see the first mile-high skyscraper by the middle of the 21st century.
The undefeated champion of the skies right now is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 2,717 feet (roughly half a mile) and is the tallest building in the world.
Although take that with a grain of dusty saltonly 1,916 feet of the Burj Dubai is occupiable space, the rest is vanity height, meaning nearly 800 feet is non-occupiable space. That represents 29 percent of the building's
There are three major construction and stability aspects that must be dealt with if we're to reach a vertical mile. Those are:
Dampening wind sway
Elevator speed and length
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And the transit time getting to your floor. Thousands of people all going home about the same time? Impossible.
And most people become uncomfortable if you move them up or down too quickly.
Could take longer to exit the building than the train to the suburbs?
If you were in Denver, yes.
Practical, probably not
Couldn’t get me in it.
In reality why would you?
Why would anyone want to?
Build it only on granite and no where near fault lines. It will need an incredibly expensive set of elevators, and many of them.
Just build it around a space elevator.
Yes.... Just build half of it... Underground...
I’m pretty sure I can’t sneak that by my HOA!
The elevators are the biggest problem. The longer the cables,the heavier they will be.
It would be built similarly to how they are built now, with elevators stopping every thirty floors for everybody to ride another thirty floors.
How about “escape pods”? It might save weight.
Remember Arabs and Chinese, especially after 9/11, have gotten into the whole phallic dick measuring contest with buildings. All in Dubai is not practical or sustainable. But not a peep from Greta.
The tower of babel: The Book of Jubilees, known to have been in use between at least 200 B.C.E. and 90 C.E., contains one of the most detailed accounts found anywhere of the Tower.
And they began to build and in the fourth week they made brick with fire and the bricks served them for stone and the clay with which they cemented them together was asphalt which comes out of the sea and out of the fountains of water in the land of Shinar. And they built it: Forty and three years were they building it; its breadth was 203 bricks, and the height [of a brick] was the third of one; its height amounted to 5433 cubits and 2 palms, and [the extent of one wall was] thirteen stades [and of the other thirty stades] (Jubilees 10:20-21, Charles’ 1913 translation).
5433 cubits translated to 8149 feet. Seems impossible.
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