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Taipei 101 Becomes World's Tallest Building (2003) Options
Daemon
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Taipei 101 Becomes World's Tallest Building (2003)

On October 17, 2003, a pinnacle placed atop Taiwan's Taipei 101 allowed it to surpass the height of what had once been the tallest buildings in the world—the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia—by 184 feet (56 m). Designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes, Taipei 101 houses a massive pendulum suspended from the 92nd floor to counteract swaying. Its elevators set a record in 2004 with top ascending speeds of about 37 mph (60 km/h). What is currently the world's tallest structure? More...
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I never knew about a "tuned mass damper" as a device for mitigating structural sway/damage before reading this article.
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What an impressive erection!

A 'tuned mass damper', it uses the power of the building's wind shear to run its clock, its curtain walls, it recycles water from its roof & it's got double-decker lifts & what about the mysterious Summit 101 club - does it exist or not?

Was it really exceeded by Burj Khalifa in UAE? or is that just a phallusy?
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I was intrigued by the tuned mass damper, as well. They seem to be everywhere, yet no one ever talks about it.
I wonder if/how it relates to the inertial dampeners on Star Trek?
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Visitors to the world's tallest building in Dubai can now get an even more elevated view of the Middle Eastern city.

The owner of the 2,717 foot-tall (828 meter) Burj Khalifa skyscraper says that starting on Wednesday, visitors can pay to ride up to a new observation deck on the 148th floor.

That is 1,821 feet (555 meters) above street level, making it the world's highest observation deck, according to Guinness World Records. To get there, they have to change elevators on level 125.

Earlier, tourists could only go to a still operational observation deck on the 124th floor. Nearly 1.9 million visitors did so last year.

The higher views come with steeper prices. Pre-booked tickets for the new attraction cost the equivalent of $109, or $136 for immediate entry.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burj_Khalifa
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tall but enviromentally impressive
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I have often marveled at, what I consider a rather stupid male trait; building the tallest building. Wow, really reminds me of all those adolescent boys back in my junior and senior high school that stand around comparing the length of their penis's. Then, with these "tallest" buildings, things fly into them; birds and airplane's....
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A friend of mine lives right across the street from TaiPei 101 and it really is as great as they say! it is an architectural wonder to all people. Many cities and countries to this day are still trying to earn the title of tallest building in the world while spending billions of tax dollars that could have been used for feeding people, which is now a big issue in today's world.
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