The science of skyscrapers

Published on August 26th, 2011
The science of skyscrapers

Skyscrapers are engineering and architectural marvels that tower above other city structures.

While skyscrapers serve a purpose, taller buildings also pose new and different challenges for engineers and architects. For example, when special allowances must be made for wind speed and the sheer weight of the structure.

We stumbled upon this really cool article on, which lists the world’s top 33 strangest buildings. Imagine a crooked house in Poland, a house made of stone in Portugal or a library in Kansas City that actually looks like a stack of books.

To check out these and other mind-boggling buildings, click here.

What role do you think nature plays in architecture? Let us know!

Pic credit: FromTheNorth

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