Skip to comments.Dubai to Have Tower Dangling in the Air?
Posted on 03/28/2017 12:36:32 PM PDT by nickcarraway
An artist's impression of how the proposed asteroid-suspended Analemma Tower would look.
The building will be suspended from an asteroid orbiting 50,000kms from the earth A New York-based firm is proposing that Dubai be the site of a futuristic, asteroid-suspended skyscraper that orbits around the world.
The speculative Analemma Tower - which is being proposed by the Clouds Architecture Office - is designed to be suspended downward on an asteroid orbiting 50,000km from earth. It would orbit in a figure-eight pattern across the northern and southern hemispheres in a 24-hour cycle each day.
A design close-up of the asteroid from which the proposed skyscraper would be suspended using high-strength cables
On its website, the firm notes that "Analemma inverts the traditional diagram of an earth-based foundation, instead depending on a space-based supporting foundation from which the tower is suspended. "This system is referred to as the Universal Orbital Support System (UOSS).
"By placing a large asteroid into orbit over earth, a high-strength cable can be lowered towards the service of earth from which a super tall tower can be suspended," the website noted. "Since this new tower typology is suspended in the air, it can be constructed anywhere in the world and transported to its final location."
The best location to get started, Clouds Architecture noted, is Dubai.
"The proposal calls for Analemma to be constructed over Dubai, which has proven to be a specialist in tall building construction at one-fifth of the cost of New York City construction," the designers said.
World's next tallest tower
The initial design - which Clouds Architecture is billing as "the world's tallest tower" - includes separate parts of the tower dedicated to business; sleeping quarters; devotional activities; a gardening and agricultural centre; "transfer stations" that allow for the transfer of people and goods between the earth's surface and the orbiting structure; and space for dining, shopping and entertainment.
The two highest sections of the tower - starting at between 17,000 and 20,000 metres above earth - are reserved for a reliquary section (which would house religious relics) and a funerary section. The tallest point of the tower above earth is planned for about 32,000 metres above ground.
This is how the Analemma Tower would look from space
To power the building, Analemma's designers plan to instal space-based solar panels, which - "installed above the dense and diffuse atmosphere" - would receive constant sunlight. Water is to be filtered and recycled in a semi-closed loop, and re-filled with condensation captured from rain and clouds.
Once built, the tower's proposed orbit would take it in a figure-eight pattern around the world, "where the tower would move at its slowest speed at the top and bottom of the figure eight, allowing the possibility for the towers occupants to interface with the planet's surface at these points".
Is this Arthur c Clarke’s space elevator?
Sure, everyone wants a 500,000 ton muslim owned tower doing a figure 8 over their territory every day. LOL.
All that expense just to get bedbugs and lice at a higher altitude.
Easy target. How can you miss?
Building the big boys was my gig before ret. They always started out of a WIDE and DEEP hole dug out of the good old mother earth and went on up from there. This thing is a joke. Never happen. The Archies dreaming this thing up were on drugs for sure with this ‘brainstorm’
I don’t think it would work. And where is this asteroid?
Who the hell thinks we can capture, and place in the desired orbit, said asteroid?
Do they fly a plane or a space shuttle into it?
Penalty for non-payment of rent.
The asteroid capturing part of this scheme does seem a little tricky. But through judicious use of rockets powered through a perpetual motion mechanism, I’m optimistic that this plan will come to fruition.
What could go wrong? But still, Best Architectural Plan. Ever.
I think they can handle this, the website says the bottom of the tower will be suspended toward the “service of the earth”. They’ve got this.
Lol they envisioned this futuristic plan, and they can’t have a heliport or something, you have to jump off with a parachute?
That thing will need frickin' lasers to blast errant airplanes from its path, like if Harrison Ford is flying in the area. That's going to be a chore for air traffic controllers to direct traffic around the building.
Are they suggesting that Dubai be the site of the “anchor”.
At least they're ambitious.
I remember when we used to build cool stuff.
What a stupid idea.
Like Magneto’s Asteroid M.
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