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The world's tallest building opens today.

I am constantly amazed at the heights of human engineering.

The Dubai Tower (Burj Dubai) is scheduled to open to the public today.

Its height, claimed to be 824.55m (2,705.2 feet), but believed to be 818m (2,684 feet) - more than half a mile tall - makes it far taller than Taiwan's Taipei 101, which had been the world's tallest skyscraper at 509m (1,670 feet).

Do I agree with Dubai's policies as a nation? No. But this quote from the article should be enough to show why I chose this piece to spotlight today.

"The structure's architects, Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, have called the Burj 'a bold global icon that will serve as a model for future urban centers.'

Declaring that 'tall buildings are back,' the company predicts that the groundbreaking techniques it used to push the Burj to new heights should enable the construction of even taller towers in the future.'"

Read more at CNN > http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/01/04/dubai.burj/index.html?ere...

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Comment by Ottens on January 12, 2010 at 10:04am
Fascinating isn't it? I saw a documentary on the tower's construction on National Geographic a few weeks ago, and imagine that they have to consider winds, the sun, the heat, earthquakes, you name it --- all on top of regular building constraints. A great testimony to human accomplishment!

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