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Today, on a site along the Chicago River, architects are exploring a new kind of high-rise structure built entirely from timber. The River Beech Tower is a spindly, beechwood building whose 80 stories cut a blonde silhouette against Chicago’s dark, glassy horizon. The concept building hasn't been constructed yet, and may never be. It's part of an ongoing research project between Cambridge University, architects at Perkins + Will, and engineers at Thornton Tomasetti that aims to answer lingering questions around how, exactly, architects and engineers might bring these massive timber towers to life.

River Beech is just one of a handful of ambitious ideas that have popped up in the past couple of years. Designers have proposed a scheme for an equally tall wooden skyscraper in London called Oakwood Tower. In Stockholm, plans for a 436-foot residential building—the tallest in the city—are in the works. And Zaha Hadid’s firm recently won the commission to construct an undulating, all-timber soccer stadium in England.

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What could possibly go wrong?  :unsure:<_<

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2 minutes ago, kandace said:

Today, on a site along the Chicago River, architects are exploring a new kind of high-rise structure built entirely from timber. The River Beech Tower is a spindly, beechwood building whose 80 stories cut a blonde silhouette against Chicago’s dark, glassy horizon. The concept building hasn't been constructed yet, and may never be. It's part of an ongoing research project between Cambridge University, architects at Perkins + Will, and engineers at Thornton Tomasetti that aims to answer lingering questions around how, exactly, architects and engineers might bring these massive timber towers to life.

River Beech is just one of a handful of ambitious ideas that have popped up in the past couple of years. Designers have proposed a scheme for an equally tall wooden skyscraper in London called Oakwood Tower. In Stockholm, plans for a 436-foot residential building—the tallest in the city—are in the works. And Zaha Hadid’s firm recently won the commission to construct an undulating, all-timber soccer stadium in England.

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What could possibly go wrong?  :unsure:<_<

One terrorist with a gas can and a match...🔥 or ⚡️

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Just now, mrdeltoid said:

One terrorist with a gas can and a match...🔥 or ⚡️

So true.  It seems as if some folk love to invite trouble.

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Just now, kandace said:

So true.  It seems as if some folk love to invite trouble.

Yup, sounds a little whacky! Lol

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2 minutes ago, mrdeltoid said:

Yup, sounds a little whacky! Lol

Societies that embrace things just because they are wacky tend to be on the verge of serious rebooting.

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Time for a new Towering Inferno movie.

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34 minutes ago, mrdeltoid said:

One terrorist with a gas can and a match...🔥 or ⚡️

One terrorist with a box of termites.... :D

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54 minutes ago, Baltimatt said:

Time for a new Towering Inferno movie.

Indeed. 

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25 minutes ago, blowboatbethesda said:

One terrorist with a box of termites.... :D

So true.  Destruction via termites.  Not sexy but efficacious.

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4 minutes ago, kandace said:

So true.  Destruction via termites.  Not sexy but efficacious.

I wanna see the movie adaptation. A disaster movie with sales to out gross Titanic, not to mention the Towering Inferno and the first Die Hard. 

As Charleston Heston isn't available (and would be politically incorrect if he was) who would be the lead star? "Woody" Harrelson?  ;)

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1 minute ago, blowboatbethesda said:

I wanna see the movie adaptation. A disaster movie with sales to out gross Titanic, not to mention the Towering Inferno and the first Die Hard. 

As Charleston Heston isn't available (and would be politically incorrect if he was) who would be the lead star? "Woody" Harrelson?  ;)

Normally I would say this is corny but given the silliness of the proposed project it seems appropriate.

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A building that would become a carbon storehouse. You’d think some folks would embrace that vs scoffing the proposal. Read the article. They’re not talking about using 12’x12’ beams and 2’x4”’s. 

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10 hours ago, Baltimatt said:

Time for a new Towering Inferno movie.

Well they can't bring back any of the originals .....

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24 minutes ago, mlatoman said:

A building that would become a carbon storehouse. You’d think some folks would embrace that vs scoffing the proposal. Read the article. They’re not talking about using 12’x12’ beams and 2’x4”’s. 

You know how these old folks get set in their ways. 

Glulam beams have been around for a long time. I've used them. They are just as strong as steel. There are lots of fabricated wood products that have unusual strength.

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12 hours ago, kandace said:

Today, on a site along the Chicago River, architects are exploring a new kind of high-rise structure built entirely from timber. The River Beech Tower is a spindly, beechwood building whose 80 stories cut a blonde silhouette against Chicago’s dark, glassy horizon. The concept building hasn't been constructed yet, and may never be. It's part of an ongoing research project between Cambridge University, architects at Perkins + Will, and engineers at Thornton Tomasetti that aims to answer lingering questions around how, exactly, architects and engineers might bring these massive timber towers to life.

River Beech is just one of a handful of ambitious ideas that have popped up in the past couple of years. Designers have proposed a scheme for an equally tall wooden skyscraper in London called Oakwood Tower. In Stockholm, plans for a 436-foot residential building—the tallest in the city—are in the works. And Zaha Hadid’s firm recently won the commission to construct an undulating, all-timber soccer stadium in England.

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What could possibly go wrong?  :unsure:<_<

I guess they have never seen the movie "The towering inferno.

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It can be done using technology from Wakanda.

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2 hours ago, mlatoman said:

A building that would become a carbon storehouse. You’d think some folks would embrace that vs scoffing the proposal. Read the article. They’re not talking about using 12’x12’ beams and 2’x4”’s. 

You’re no fun....:P

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2 hours ago, mrdeltoid said:

You’re no fun....:P

But I am! Normally after seven-ish PM! :P

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2 hours ago, mlatoman said:

But I am! Normally after seven-ish PM! :P

:lol:

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7 hours ago, FatBoy said:

You know how these old folks get set in their ways. 

Glulam beams have been around for a long time. I've used them. They are just as strong as steel. There are lots of fabricated wood products that have unusual strength.

It's a type of plywood, right? A wood product glued together in layers?  

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I'd like to see how the 18 story building works for a few years, then maybe try one in the 30 or 40 story range. Then 60. I wouldn't jump right to 80, if it were my money and liability. :)

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2 hours ago, zenwalk said:

It's a type of plywood, right? A wood product glued together in layers?  

Yes it is, but the the layering is much thinner than typical plywood grades you would use for sheathing or underlayment. 

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