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    Default Sky City: Changsha, Hunan Province, China: Broad Group

    The ground breaking for the planned (alleged?) construction of "Sky City" in China was this past Saturday. Among the most fantastical claims of the building are that it will be the tallest in the world at 2,749ft and require a total schedule of only 210 days for completion. This includes only 90 days of onsite assembly.

    I'm very much in favor of pushing the boundaries in terms of speed of construction, advancing new materials and assembly techniques and lowering the cost of overall building construction. The days of concrete and steel giants like One World Trade Center in New York or Burj Khalifa in Dubai are fast running out and buildings like Sky City will be the future. The functionality of the building progressive also with as many as 4000 families to live in the within the "city" as well as schools, medical centers and shopping malls.

    Many may have concerns and reservations but then so too did horse-riders when the first car passed them on the road.

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    Concerns like structural stability? When you throw up something this big in that short amount of time it makes me worry.

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    Just how crazy is China’s plan to build the world’s tallest building in nine months?

    Construction on Sky City officially kicked off last weekend in Changsha, capital of Hunan province. Broad Group, which is building Sky City, is shooting for an April 2014 completion. By May or June, the 30,000 people it plans to accommodate (pdf) can start moving in. That also means that in the time it takes to gestate a human baby, Broad will finish a structure that hits 2,750 ft (838 meters)—ten meters higher than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s current tallest building.Broad seems confident it can pull this off. “We are the pioneers, the pioneers of men,” sings a chorus in hardhats on Broad’s website. “We are the geniuses, the geniuses of technology.”
    Not everyone is so sure. It’s not clear that Broad Group can afford its $1.47 billion price tag, say Chinese critics, and constructing in such haste compromises safety. On top of that, there’s no actual need for Sky City.


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