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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Man Mountain

posted by on August 22 at 15:50 PM

As challenge to this:

Man wants to build this:

Inspired by Mount Fuji, Taisei Construction Corporation [in Japan] has completed designs for construction of the world’s tallest building. The X-Seed 4000 (no idea where that came from) would stand at approximately 13,123 feet (4 km), nearly 700 feet (213 m) taller than the real Mount Fuji. The next tallest buildings don’t even break 2,000 feet, how puny… the X-Seed would have up to 800 floors, and be capable of housing between 500,000 and 1,000,000 people.
It will never happen, but not to dream is not to be human.

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The Discovery Ch show, "Extreme Engineering" did an episode all about this. It was pretty cool.

Posted by monkey | August 22, 2007 4:01 PM

it will happen...

Posted by infrequent | August 22, 2007 4:05 PM

Wow, that is so sci fi ala 1984 or Blade Runner (the movie). I'm surprised the U.S. government isn't all over that - it looks like the new "Ministry of Secrets" or something.

Posted by Jude Fawley | August 22, 2007 4:20 PM

I agree with Charles, it will never happen. It is cool that people drew up plans for it and all though, kinda a supreme version of how I used to draw way rad skateparks on my book covers in Jr. High.

Posted by Dougsf | August 22, 2007 4:31 PM

Be fun watching it after an earthquake causes it to catch fire.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 22, 2007 4:33 PM


Posted by matthew fisher wilder | August 22, 2007 4:34 PM

it will not happen. it should not happen. there is no reason for it to happen.

Posted by maxsolomon | August 22, 2007 4:45 PM

Put aside architectural style and human habitat concerns for a second and consider the sheer quantity of raw resources required to build such a thing. Since its structure will be made of a consistent material, presumably steel, consider how many real mountains would be destroyed in such a pursuit.

Impressive indeed.

Posted by david | August 22, 2007 5:10 PM

It has to happen, so Blade Runner can come true.

Posted by Gitai | August 22, 2007 5:19 PM

David @8 - don't worry we'll just mine asteroids.

Posted by Jude Fawley | August 22, 2007 5:26 PM

Beyond the massive environmental impact that no doubt would be negative that would have I would love to see us build something like that.

We do not build truly amazing and truly beautiful, useful structures that are built to last the ages. No more former Roman Forums or Parthanon's. Now we get King Domes we blow up in less than a generation......

Civilization is in decline...enjoy the collapse.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | August 22, 2007 5:29 PM

I'd love to see that thing on Broadway, where the old QFC used to be, to help us get rid of the meth heads and other addicts on that street.

Posted by frederick r | August 22, 2007 6:39 PM

@8 and 10

Ya know, since Pluto's not even a planet anymore...

Posted by Mike of Renton | August 22, 2007 8:10 PM

What about Godzilla? Fire melts steel...

Posted by lawrence clark | August 23, 2007 1:29 AM

I think "X-Seed 4000" means "Exceed 4,000 meters," referring to the building's height.

So lame.

Posted by Bill | August 23, 2007 9:40 AM

Lame? Very, by all accounts.

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