blockitecture leaderboard

Seven Skyscraper Design Fails

This week, sun rays bouncing off the "Walkie-Talkie" skyscraper in London have caused cars to melt and forced the city to ban parking in the area. Here are 7 other skyscraper design fails that have led to mishaps and disasters for cities.

"London's "Walkie-Talkie" is melting cars... a weird story that provides more evidence of a harrowing trend: skyscrapers taking revenge on cities."

From Shanghai's "glass bombs" to the Vegas "death ray," here are seven examples of "sheer stupidity when it comes to designing and implementing high-rise buildings."

What can city leaders and architects glean from these mishaps, and how must building codes and regulations be amended so that skyscrapers cease fire on our cities?

The author includes images from the seven design fails, which include:

  • Toronto's soaring skyscrapers
  • Dallas Condo vs Dallas Art District
  • The Arab Gulf's "Towering Infernos"
  • Glass Bombs-Away in Shanghai
  • Fatal Building Collapse in Shanghai
  • Peek-a-Boo: (London) Shard Sees You!
  • Viva Las (Vegas) Death Ray
Full Story: Skyscrapers Strike Back: 7 Design Fails

Comments

building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
Red necktie with map of Boston

For dads and grads: tie one on to celebrate your city!

Choose from over 20 styles imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95

NEW! Get the "Green Bible"

Understand the complexities of planning at the local level while preparing for the AICP* exam. Find out why this edition is included in the APA's recommended reading list.
$105