Will the skyscrapers outlast the pyramids? ⇥

Thought provoking article about the durability of the pyramids vs. our modern day skyscrapers:

Of these, the Great Pyramid of Giza – completed in 2540 BC – is unrivalled, with superior materials, engineering and design to any built before or since. Ancient Greek tourists would travel thousands of miles to gawk at its towering limestone steps, which were so highly polished they were said to glow; their names can be found carved into its walls to this day.

Remarkably, Cleopatra lived closer in history to today’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa – than she did to this monumental tomb. When the last mammoths died out, it was already 1,000 years old.

​5000 years is a long time for something to exist. Turns out though the Egyptians had a lot of practice in getting the construction right. 

In contrast our modern day skyscrapers have been getting more and more efficient in their construction:

Just like early pyramids, the earliest generation of skyscrapers may be the most robust. When a B-25 plane crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945, the building was reopened in a matter of days. “Back in the early 20th Century they were still calculating everything by hand, so they always added extra steel just in case,” Agrawal. Though the Empire State Building is less than half the height of the Burj, it weighs two-thirds as much.

I can’t imaging any of the tall buildings in Singapore lasting more than 100 years, the pace of development is just too quick. Still it’s worth wondering what Singapore might be like in another 5000 years. 

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