Wednesday, August 28, 2013

China -- Sky City, World's Tallest Building

What could go wrong, indeed?
This is not the first time for me to learn something from half-way around the world. When Nick Kristoff was speaking at a local university two years ago I learned of it via an Egyptian news bureau, not a local announcement. 
So a Korean blogger gets credit for the image and links. 
CNN also has a blurb.
Dubai's 828-meter Burj Khalifa has less than a year left as the world's tallest building.
China's projected 838-meter (2,749 feet) Sky City broke ground in Changsha in central China on July 20.  Astonishingly, the construction company behind it expects to top out in April 2014 -- a build time of just 10 months.  It took five years to build the Burj Khalifa.
"The speed is horrifying, how can that be possible?" said one user on Weibo, China's Twitter-like service. Another criticized the liveability of the homes within, calling the project a "giant stack of trailer homes." [Detailed  propoganda  description.]
But the building would appear to herald a new age in Chinese construction, one in which tall, fast builds become common.   [More at the link.] 

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