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Over the course of each day, the floating skyscraper would trace a figure-eight path over our planet's surface, according to plans posted online by Clouds Architecture Office. It would swing between the northern and southern hemispheres, returning to the same point once every 24 hours.
Analemma would be powered by solar panels and use recycled water. Lower floors would be set aside for business use, while sleeping quarters would be sited about two-thirds of the way up. The plans don't say exactly how people would get on and off the building, though one illustration seem to show people parachuting from the tower to the ground.
Anyone venturing to Analemma's highest reaches would be treated to extra daylight — about 45 minutes more at an elevation of 32,000 meters, according to the plans. Of course, tenants who ventured that high would need a spacesuit to go outside because of the near-vacuum and temperatures estimated to be about minus 40 Celsius.
"Harnessing the power of planetary design thinking, it taps into the desire for extreme height, seclusion and constant mobility. If the recent boom in residential towers proves that sales price per square foot rises with floor elevation, then Analemma Tower will command record prices, justifying its high cost of construction."
In an email to NBC News MACH, Carlo Ratti, director of MIT's Senseable City Lab and an architect noted for futuristic thinking, called the tower a "fun utopian mega-project" but said a cable suspended from space would break under its own weight.
And beyond feasibility, Ratti expressed philosophical doubts about the very idea a suspended skyscraper.
"I am not sure I would like to live in such a self-referential building, literally detached from the rest of the world," he said in the email. "Cities are built to bring humans together, while a building such as the Analemma tower would do the opposite."
Firm Floats Plan to Hang Colossal Skyscraper From an Asteroid
originally posted by: corblimeyguvnor
a reply to: knowledgehunter0986
Supposedly it is attached to an asteroid orbiting the earth 30,000 miles up. This asteroid supposedly makes one orbit per day. If whatever is hanging from the asteroid is in the atmosphere, it will be ripping along at about 1,000 miles per hour. How about those winds?
In other words ...... not a chance in hell
originally posted by: dffrntkndfnml
...but perhaps down the road combining a space elevator and tower together would give mankind something other then war to distract ourselves....