Ultimate Phallus*

burj_dubai.jpg

*Until they build Next Big Thing next year.

Above is the Burj Dubai, the biggest building in the world.  I’m glad the profits of petroleum resource exploitation are being well spent.  I mean, the tower’s obviously a bargain at $800 billion.

Of interest to me (if no one else), it appears to use a bundled tube structural system (think Sears tower), and they’re getting impressive mileage out of that old standby.  There are newer systems (such as the Mega-Structure system used in the Shanghai World Financial Center (pdf link)), that many professionals believe will produce the biggest buildings in the next few decades.  So, we’ll see what happens, maybe skyhooks aren’t that far off…

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