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What will skyscrapers of the future look like


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The most memorable structures are forged of construction steel, defying gravity and high winds. Learn why.

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What will skyscrapers of the future look like

  2. 2. Defying gravity, with its highest point peeking through the clouds. Yet as trends in architecture transform, “grandeur” won’t be what designers aim to achieve. In a world of tall buildings, innovators will instead be vying for a new title: the most efficient. THE MOST MEMORABLE STRUCTURES HAVE BEEN FORGED OF POWERFUL CONSTRUCTION STEEL
  3. 3. In 2004, Manhattan – the queen of the concrete jungle – was home to 28 skyscrapers scaling 700 feet or taller. In the 14 years since, an additional 13 super structures have been built and a further 15 are under construction. WE’VE COME A LONG WAY SINCE THE WORLD’S FIRST STEEL SKYSCRAPER WAS CONSTRUCTED.
  4. 4. SHANGHAI TOWER IN CHINA. IT’S THE SECOND TALLEST IN THE WORLD AND BOASTS THE BEST ENERGY RATING, DUE TO ITS UNIQUE SHAPE AND DESIGN WHICH REDUCES WIND LOAD. This design feat allowed the construction team to save 20,000 metric tons of steel reinforcement. Along with its modern shape, the building relies on renewable energy, significantly reducing emissions. A SHINING EXAMPLES OF THE NECESSARY STEPS ARCHITECTS MUST TAKE
  5. 5. ELEVATORS: THE REAL CHALLENGE OF CHANGING SKYSCRAPERS THE FIRST CHALLENGE OF SKYSCRAPER DESIGN BEGINS WITH THE ELEVATOR. STEEL CORDS CAN ONLY CARRY SO MUCH WEIGHT BEFORE THE LOAD BECOMES UNBEARABLE. A German company, ThyssenKrupp, has come up with a solution: Magnets. Yes, magnets. Their elevator design boasts the ability to have multiple cabins in one shaft, allowing them to circulate the building and move horizontally. Source: ThyssenKrupp
  6. 6. FUTURE PREDICTIONS ACCORDING TO THEIR PREDICTIONS, THERE WILL BE “HYPER-TALL SKYSCRAPERS, UNDERWATER BUBBLE CITIES, PERSONAL HOME MEDICAL PODS AND CIVILIAN COLONIES ON THE MOON.” We’ll have dug “Earth Scrapers”, buildings that tunnel 25 stories deep. Our underwater cities will use the water itself to generate breathable atmosphere and produce hydrogen fuel in the process, while 3D printing will be the norm for building houses and furniture.
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