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Subject: Re: Skyscrapers and the 21st Century Date: 2/3/2001 12:36 AM
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Ummm, wrong.

Skyscrapers are typically limited by current vertical transportation technology (elevators). Basically, waiting times dictate a certain number of lifts and higher buildings require dedicated banks to make the journey reasonably swift. As you add in more banks to serve higher floors the area devoted to shafts becomes quite significant, and consquently, leasable space is lost. A number of companies are developing "smart" lifts which can move horizontally and vertically and thus share the same shaft. In theory, if you can get 'em up there and keep a reasonable proportion of leasable space, size is not a factor. In practice, structure, construction logistics and planning constrain the practical size of most buildings.

I'd also argue that the telecommuting argument doesn't hold water. Aside from human social imperatives, a city is one of mankinds most successful and innovative creations - economically, resource-wise, and spiritually.

No one waxes lyrical about suburbia and the commuter lifestyle!

- who is quite happy to work as an architect on the 24th floor and live on the 27th floor of Hong Kong highrises and would have to be carried kicking and screaming into a telecommuter lifestyle!!
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