Well. today the project may seem impossible, but I will not deem it impossible for
ever. Improvement in technology will find a solution to any problem. My question,
however, is what is the purpose in such fantastic monument? What is the cost benefit?
Is the initiator of the topic trying to get whatever thoughts he can from the internet
to come up with a book?
> As a long time sci-fi/fantasy aficianada, this concept of 'living in the clouds'
> is a recurring theme....Buck Rogers and his 'cloud people' come to mind....
> The logistics of building a 5.5+ mile high building does not seem possible--where
> would you find a crane tall enough to lift up the materials (steel beams are
> pretty hefty)? Even if cost were not a factor (hence, "fantasy"), helicoptering
> up the girders, etc., is not possible--we don't have hover craft capable of flight
> at that altitude. Just a thought....
> audra ranous
> Rbengrguy(--nospam--at)aol.com wrote:
> > Attention fellow Structural Engineers.
> > This message is just in from the WORLD's Tallest Building website manager.
> > Maybe you have some thoughts on trying to build a 30,000 foot skyscraper!!
> > Bob Johnson
> > SEAOI
> > NCSEA
> > =====================================================
> > Subj: Re: Question for creative writing project
> > Date: 99-05-09 22:07:31 EDT
> > From: jeff(--nospam--at)worldstallest.com (Jeffrey K. Herzer)
> > To: ablyweiss(--nospam--at)tginc.com (Adam Blyweiss)
> > Hello, Adam...
> > Sorry for the delay in responding. I'm just returning from a week in Arizona
> > and
> > I'm hoping the euphoria from my cranial enema will hold at least until
> > Tuesday.
> > So you know, my background is broadcast journalism, not architecture or
> > engineering. I'm also a great Science Fiction aficionado...one who still
> > can't
> > figure out why the &$)@!!! "Fantasy" is snuggled in there right next to
> > Asimov and
> > Heinlein.
> > Very briefly, the things that come to mind when you mention a building of 30k
> > feet:
> > - The upper floors would obviously have to be pressurized like an airplane,
> > and
> > rapid decompression would certainly be a hazard. What kind of window glass
> > could
> > handle the stress up there?
> > - It would take one heckuva long time for an elevator to reach that height,
> > and some
> > kind of magnetic levitation system might be the preferred elevator system.
> > - Otis Elevator has come up with the idea of a cable-less elevator called
> > "Odyssey",
> > where elevator cars would travel horizontally as well as vertically. It
> > would be
> > possible to climb into a "transitor" car at the airport and ride it straight
> > to your
> > apartment.
> > - Have you seen the Japanese "X-seed" concept design? The 4000 meter (13,000
> > foot)
> > building looks like a miniature Mount Fuji. See the bottom of the 94th floor
> > page,
> > section M-Z for a thumbnail and link. It makes you wonder if they'd somehow
> > have to
> > scrape snow and ice off the sucker, or somehow heat the facade so frozen
> > precipitation wouldn't stick. As a former resident of "Tornado Alley", I'd
> > sure
> > hate to be sitting on an upper floor during a whopper thunderstorm or F5
> > tornado.
> > I don't guess I'm being particularly imaginative. Being a great fan of Isaac
> > Asimov's "Foundation" books, I fear anything I'd have to say about
> > sociopolitical or
> > other issues would be influenced by "Psychohistory" and Asimov's descriptions
> > of
> > life on Trantor...or perhaps Robert Silverberg's "The World Inside"
> > http://www.cs.brandeis.edu/~daniilf/silverberg/world.html
> > http://www.english.uiuc.edu/vaughn/english120/silverberg.htm.
> > If you'd like, I'll put your letter and e-mail address on the 44th floor page
> > next
> > time I update the website.
> > I started writing a Science-Fiction short story about 15 years ago having to
> > do with
> > television news, my former occupation. Somehow, I never really liked the
> > story.
> > Like my days as a Music major, I loved Jazz to death and could feel it in my
> > bones,
> > but I could never play it very well.
> > Good luck on the project...
> > - Jeff Herzer
> > --
> > - World's Tallest Media, Inc. - http://www.worldstallest.com/media.html
> > - The World's Tallest Buildings Page - http://www.worldstallest.com
> > Adam Blyweiss wrote:
> > > This may sound like a strange request, but I hope you can humor me for a
> > moment.
> > >
> > > I'm starting an extensive science-fiction/dramatic writing project. I'm
> > > looking for any and all input on architectural, environmental,
> > > sociopolitical and other issues that might be related to building,
> > > working in, and living in a 30,000-foot-tall skyscraper. (I think that's
> > > about 5.6 miles up.) I've got some early ideas to work with, but I'd
> > > like some advice from professionals since buildings and environmental design
> > > aren't my areas of expertise.
> > >
> > > Direction from anyone in your leadership and/or readership would be
> > > greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help.
> > >
> > >
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