on the surface of the question it seems ...a simple enough topic to broach ? but by analogy beyond weather..
Planet Earth is weigthless in space! when compared to the little counter balance metal clip used to balance auto tires ..we have a calculation "yet to perform ....nes pa ?
Hey Steve..welcome back How high is too high?? How about $147 a barrel ??
I suspect this grandiose phallic vision germinated as our OPEC friends sought ever more adventurous ways to glorify their infrastructure with monuments to the vast oil surplus they enjoyed as speculation drove crude prices sky high. With declining crude prices now the only bright light on a devastated financial landscape, perhaps a more down to earth revision might be proposed for this thing.
Also,the colossal egos who envisioned this thing might wanna do a survey first to determine how many people are comfortable living in the clouds....and...oh yeah...CNN could have asked at least 10 much more interesting questions...like what engineering is necessary to create/build the foundation for a structure this high...and as you have suggested...WHY?
Thanks for clarification...my comments and photo related to the planned Nakheel Tower details below:
October 8, 2008 It looks like DubaiDubai is running out of countries to compete with in the architectural stakes, so they’ve started outdoing themselves. State-owned builder Nakheel has unveiled plans to build what would be the world’s tallest building before the Gulf city state’s previous claimant to the title, the Burj Tower Dubai , has even finished construction. Nakheel plans to build a tower measuring over 1 kilometer (0.62 miles), high in an area between two of the city’s artificial palm shaped islands which the company also created. Nakheel has not revealed the exact height or cost of the tower but said it would have “more than 200 floors” and be part of “a multi-billion pound development”, which includes a man made inland harbor and 40 additional towers ranging from 20 to 90 floors high.
The Nakheel Tower will take more than a decade to complete and will be composed of four separate towers joined at various levels and centered on an open atrium. The company said the tower, which was inspired by Islamic design and drew inspiration from such sites as the Alhambrahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alhambra in Spain and the harbor of Alexandria in Egypt, would be the center-piece of the planned inner-city harbor which will become the emirate’s unofficial capital. The building will contain around 150 elevators to carry employees and workers to the tower’s more than 200 floors, while the entire development will be home to more than 55,000 people and a workplace for more than 45,000.
The Burj Dubai Tower, which is being built by Nakheel’s chief competitor, Emaar Properties and reached a new record height of 688 meters, (0.43 miles), at the start of September (it is due to be finished September 2009), better make the most of it’s world’s tallest title while it can.
Neither doctrine alone can change the fact that growth in metropolitan areas will result in overcrowding, traffic congestion, and poor air quality. Gridlock is simply a function of too many people living in an area, and no concurrency policy or dollar outlay can fix it. Nor can either policy stop the expansion of cities. It's inevitable, for instance, that the UAE will eventually evolve into a massive megalopolis stretching along the Arabian Sea from Ras Al-Khaimah to Dubai. There are similar examples all around the world.
Experts suggest that cities may have an optimum size and population. They tell us that an ideal city is a sustainable one, where economic, social, and environmental systems are in balance, and where residents feel that they are part of a definable, understandable community. Writers like Ian McHarg (Design with Nature) have pointed out that urban areas, like natural areas, have an inherent carrying capacity. Others like Carl Sagan
(Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors), have described the pathological effect of population size on urban areas.
Yet, planners rarely talk about limiting growth. That is because we do not have a politically marketable alternative that allows for rational growth. Even in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where growth boundaries are a way of life, the urban areas keep expanding. Although the population is growing faster than in many parts of the country, higher densities slow geographical expansion
It has eclipsed our CN Tower as the Worlds tallest building! (My page features a photo of the Tower and our myarchN friend Debbie braving the observation deck)
The CN Tower, located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a communications and tourist tower standing 553.33 metres (1,815.39 ft) tall. It surpassed the height of the Ostankino Tower while still under construction in 1975, becoming the tallest free-standing structure on land in the world. On September 12, 2007, after holding the record for 31 years, the CN Tower was surpassed in height by the still-under-construction Burj Dubai. It remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Americas and the signature icon of Toronto's skyline, attracting more than two million international visitors annually.
my son Nathan was just born and we had my wife's family come up to see him. The wanted to go up in the tower to take photos - I have pictures of Nathan only a few weeks old, up in the tower some 30 years ago.
Another question for the topic of whether or not a “dense assortment of buildings” can ever be a real city: What is London for an eighteen-year old whose entire urban experience is confined to 200-square meters and who has never seen the Thames?
Researchers at the University of Glasgow, sponsored by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, have spent the past two years asking young residents of Bradford, Peterborough, London, Glasgow, Sunderland, and Bristol to draw maps of their own individual urban experience in order to explore micro-territoriality as both a cause and a symptom of social exclusion
height reflects our human spirit, it's part of what we (some) humans do; combined with human's ability to adapt to practically anything, I'm not sure the sky is the limit. i think people will always be captivated with the next highest building, they will want to experience it from the bottom and from the top as, in some way, it is part of their own personal human experience within their life and something they can be proud of.