439 Tokyo’s future skyline could include a mile-high skyscraper

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Rising like the Emerald City is a building that will not only dwarf the world’s tallest skyscraper — the Burj Khalifa in Dubai — but double its height.

If built, the aptly named Sky Mile Tower by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and Leslie E. Roberson Associates (LERA), would climb to approximately 1,600 meters, or one whole mile.

The residential skyscraper is part of “Next Tokyo 2045,” a joint-proposal by the firms for research and developmental purposes. Its intent is to imagine a mega-city that contains resilient infrastructure.

Tokyo, like other vulnerable coastal cities with low-lying elevations, is faced with factors like rising sea levels and increased typhoon risks. The eco-district would be located on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay and developed for a half-million residents.

I – Word Understanding
Aptly – in an appropriate or suitable way
Resilient – flexible and strong

II – Have Your Say
1. Tall, supertall, megatall buildings…..is this the answer to rising sea level?
2. By utilizing today’s technology, here are some of the features of the “Next Tokyo 2045” project:
– Rings (approximately 500 to 5,000 feet in width) shaped like hexagons, are positioned to break up strong waves. Some doubly function as freshwater reservoirs, others contain urban farming plots.
– it is intended to house 55,000 residents
– it has vertical slots to allow the wind to flow thru to minimize tower movement caused by strong wind vortices
– utilizes cloud harvesting as water source

439 Tokyo’s future skyline could include a mile-high skyscraper

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