World’s tallest building in the works

I was in Dubai the past three days, at eto ang bumulaga sa paningin ko. Kinuhanan ko ng pic gamit cellphone ko. image009_1.jpg

By: Jan Karlsbjerg, Ph.D – Vancouver Techie

A new record-breaking building is being built in Dubai: An 800m tall building called Durj Dubai. In terms of surrealism, it doesn’t quite beat another Dubai project (palm shaped island city for the obscenely rich), but it’s close.The article says that the building will be “300 meters taller than the tallest floored building in the world today, the Taipei Tower in Taiwan”. It also leaves the Canadian CN Tower in the dust (553m). The CN Tower has the claim (which every Canadian can recite from memory) of being “the world’s tallest free-standing structure”. The term “free-standing structure” always seemed quite odd to me, and I suspected it was a disclaimer that would somehow distinguish the CN Tower from other (taller) structures that were part of a larger complex of buildings and so couldn’t be said to be “free-standing”. I became even more confused when I found these two, very different lists from the same source: The world’s tallest towers, and the world’s tallest buildings. But the notes on the pages are quite helpful. For example the definition of “tower”.

 

A tower differs from a building in that the latter has floors, and is designed for residential, business, or manufacturing use. The structures listed here are principally telecommunications towers, and while they may have observation decks or restaurants, they do not have floors all the way up.

 

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Thus the CN Tower is a real tower (unlike the Petronas Towers) in that it’s basically a tall antenna. The term “free-standing” is explained too as “not supported by guy-wires”. The record for wire-supported structures was the Warszawa Radio Mast at 646m (it collapsed in during renovation work in 1991), so the new Durj Dubai will even surpass this infinitely lighter construction type by 150m. Amazing.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chuvaness
    Sep 16, 2007 @ 02:28:27

    hanubayan! pataasan sila ng pataasan…sabagay di naman yata prone sa kulog and kidlat ang dubai eh…hahahha

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  2. Banana
    Sep 16, 2007 @ 20:53:13

    sis sinabi mo pa walang imposible dito sa kanila lols..

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  3. kwan
    Sep 17, 2007 @ 10:54:34

    ok man da sa dubai? twice na ko nagturn down sang food inspector job for dubai government, kag kis-a daw nanugunan gid ko

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  4. taroogs
    Sep 17, 2007 @ 11:09:30

    aaay! phallic symbol kaya ito ng mga bossing sa dubai? hehehe… pero di ba nakakatakot na magtatayo sila ng pagkataas-taas na building na ganun kalapit sa lungga ni osama?🙂

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  5. kiko773
    Sep 17, 2007 @ 14:57:16

    Bilib talaga ako sa Dubai, lalong dumadami ang tourist attractions nila. Tax-free pa ang bilihin.

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  6. Banana
    Sep 17, 2007 @ 19:22:16

    @Malen
    Uu sis di naman umuulan dito. miss ko na nga ulan eh tagal na 2 years na akong walang ulan huhuhu… basta pag uwi ko maliligo naman ako sa ulan. gawain ko yun eh lols.😆

    @ manong kwan
    kung may obra ka man lang nga desente sa pinas kag compensates good naman di ka na lang di mag kadto kung nde ka sanay malayo sa pamilya. it doesn’t pay more here and be away from them. salamat sa paglabay😀

    @taroogs
    kuya di naman nakakatakot dito eh. wala naman giyera dito hehe.. malayo kami sa iraq niyahaha!

    @kiko
    uy nabuhay ka hehe.. di na ako masyadong nakaka blog hop nowadays balik na ako trabaho eh.. pero bibisita ako sa yo kuya kiko! miss mo na UAE? hmm i dont think so.. lols

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  7. jhowa
    Nov 07, 2008 @ 11:30:37

    hahaha ei i got good news!
    sa year 2012 matatapos na ang PAGCOR Tower sa Makati,Philippines and PAGCOR Tower is the 2nd tallest building in the world and the owner is local

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