We Americans give Frenchies, and Parisians in particular, a fair amount of flak, and mostly deservedly so. Their au natural ways, ineptitude at war (post-Napoleon of course), obsession with baguettes, and general snobbish disposition rub us the wrong way and make them easy targets. However, we should also give credit where credit is due – they have gotten A LOT of things right in their time: French food, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre (full of artwork commadiered by Napoleon), baguettes, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, and Brigette Bardot. They also came so close to creating the most awesome bridge in the world – a trampoline bridge over the river Seine.
Throughout this year, there has been a substantial amount of interest and speculation about a Chinese project called Sky City – a 220-floor, 838 meter (2,749.3 foot) skyscraper planned for construction in the city of Changsha. What makes this building interesting is not just that it will be the tallest building in the world upon completion – indeed, many such projects have been recently announced and completed, seeming to just barely edge each other out – but instead, that the construction is planned to take only 90 days to complete. No, that is not a typo; 220 floors in three months. That is five floors per day plus interior work.
Can it be done? Well, there are a couple of considerations…