The Man Who Brought Down a Bank

The other night, I watched a movie called “Rogue Trader” based on an autobiography written by a man named Nick Leeson. If you were born in the late 80’s or early 90’s, you probably don’t remember him; however, to people of an older generation, he was infamously remembered as the man whose actions single-handedly brought down the oldest bank in the world.

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China’s Sky City: Tallest Building in the World in 90 Days

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…

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