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Old 01-04-2010, 05:17 PM
 
Location: 304
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Today was the grand opening of the world's new tallest building
"BURJ DUBAI"

does the US need to compete with China, Dubai, ect.

or are glory days of skyscrapers over????

I know many designs and proposals have been thought up, but are we really going to spend that kind of $$$ on achievements that can always be broken

I think we should!!!! How bout U?????

 
Old 01-04-2010, 05:32 PM
 
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Only if it makes economic sense.

I don't think there is much economic demand in the US right now for a 2,718ft. tall skyscraper, though.
 
Old 01-04-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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^ bingo

If it makes economic sense than build it, but in most cases (like this one), the building was built out of pride and to make a statement - not because of demand.

The government had a huge impact on the funding of that building. $1.5 billion for a 2,600 foot building in the desert.

As far as highrises in general - their time is nowhere near over if there's rational demand. Chicago has put up over 100 new highrises since 2000, and NYC and Miami are building hoards of them as well. The facet has shut off for the time being as far as new construction starts, but there's no reason it won't pick right back up when demand increases. We still have a dozen or so going up in Chicago now regardless of the economy. Most of them were planned pre-2008.
 
Old 01-04-2010, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Only if it makes economic sense.

I don't think there is much economic demand in the US right now for a 2,718ft. tall skyscraper, though.
Tall skyscrapers have always been a P!$$Ing contest. Edifice Rex
 
Old 01-04-2010, 09:29 PM
eek
 
Location: Queens, NY
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*joins the pissing contest*

what we should do is build the twin towers AND build the "freedom" tower. yeah, i said it. all three. the freedom tower should be the tallest in the world.

ny should enter the pissing contest...again. chicago should too. and l.a. lets take the titles back. and we need the biggest mall (i heard on cnn that dubai had the largest mall in the world).

is it good economically? dunno. we could find a way if we really wanted to.
 
Old 01-04-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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*joins the pissing contest*

what we should do is build the twin towers AND build the "freedom" tower. yeah, i said it. all three. the freedom tower should be the tallest in the world.

ny should enter the pissing contest...again. chicago should too. and l.a. lets take the titles back. and we need the biggest mall (i heard on cnn that dubai had the largest mall in the world).

is it good economically? dunno. we could find a way if we really wanted to.
If it were up to me, I would build two black hollow towers where the WTC used to be. At night the entire structure would be bathed in Light.
 
Old 01-04-2010, 10:12 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Sorry - this is the General U.S. room, and the Burj is not located in the U.S.
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