Billionaire plans mile high building

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud is planning for the construction of a skyscraper that would  be more than four times taller than the Empire State Building.

Billionaire Plans to Start Mile-High Building Club Andrew Farrell Forbes 2/25/08

“‘Structural engineering-wise, it’s not even difficult,’ said Ron Klemencic, president of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, an engineering company specializing in high-rise constructions. He explained that stronger concrete and steel and advancements in designing building frames allow for the safe development of mega-skyscrapers.”

“Alwaleed must also figure out how to transport people efficiently, a longtime problem for tall buildings. Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright drafted blueprints for a 528-story building back in 1956 but scuttled the plan because lengthy elevator rides made it impractical.”

Read more about the tallest structures in the world at this old post.

And read about the Ursa tension-leg platform, at 4,285 ft, currently the tallest structure in the world.

Posted by Chris

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