You won't believe the architectural fails that we have on this list. From skyscrapers that melt cars and dangerous bridges breaking.
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# 6 Lotus Riverside Complex
The Lotus Riverside was a residential apartment complex in Shanghai. It’s made up of eleven 13-story rectangular buildings. One fateful morning in June 2009, one of the buildings toppled completely over on its side. It fell straight over and just barely missed a nearby building. The way they are shaped and constructed, if it had hit, it would have created the world’s most destructive domino effect. The thing that caused this wasn’t an architectural glitch in the building but rather the foundation it was built on. Right below the building, workers were excavating earth to create an underground garage. The soil was dumped into a landfill near a creek which caused the water to seep into the ground. All of this combined turned the foundation beneath the complex to mud, leading to the collapse.
# 5 Ray and Maria Stata Center
The Ray and Maria Stata Center is an academic complex at MIT that was designed by Frank Gehry. It was opened in 2004 and received lots of positive attention for its unique and mind-bending angles and structural facades. However, the building has since been riddled with so many problems that MIT has sued Frank Gehry’s firm for it. The $300 million dollar building had drainage issues that caused cracks in walls, mold grew on the brick exterior, and huge dangerous icicle daggers hang from the roof. The repairs cost the school more than $1.5 million dollars.
# 4 Tropicana Field Stadium
The Tropicana Field is home to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Major League Baseball Team based in St Petersburg, Florida. The problem with the field isn’t the actual field, but what hangs above it. The ceiling has four catwalks and several lights hanging down that, as you can imagine, get in the way of baseballs that are hit into the air. In case you don’t know, a major facet of baseball is trying to hit the ball as high and as far as possible so you can potentially, hit a homerun. The structures at the stadium often get in the way of that and will even block potential home run balls. Sometimes a light will get hit and cause a dangerous rain of super hot glass to fall into the field. Maybe the next time you design a baseball stadium, consider not building a roof.
# 3 Walkie Talkie Skyscrapers
The Walkie Talkie Skyscraper in London was an architectural novel, acclaimed for its slightly concave facade and towering height. However, there was something else about it that became much more infamous: it’s a 525 feet tall heat ray. The concave shape of the building focuses and reflects sun rays in just a way that it magnifies them and burns everything on the street around it. The heat rays reflecting off the building have been found to fry doorways, shatter tiles, and heat the ground up to 243 degrees Fahrenheit. It even melted cars down to their body frames.
# 2 Sampoong Department Store
The Sampoong Department Store was initially meant to be a four-floor office building but was later converted into a department store. To do this, they, of course, removed support columns of elevators and relocated an air conditioning unit to the roof. Obviously, the result was not good. The structural instability caused the building to completely collapse in 1995, trapping 1500 people and killing 502.
# 1 Skyscraper on Stilts
When an architect named William LeMessurier wanted to build a skyscraper in the 1970s, his ideal construction site was occupied by a Lutheran church that was completely unwilling to move. So instead of demolishing the church, he decided to build the skyscraper in the air right above the church. The Citigroup Center tower is a 59 story building that has a foundation made of stilts, so the building is right above the church. However, as you might think, a skyscraper on stilts can have some pretty dangerous structural problems if you’re not careful. The whole building was made with bolted joints rather than welded joints, which made it super susceptible to being toppled by a strong enough storm. So did Citigroup warn everyone in the area that the biggest building on the block could come crashing down at any moment? No, they just secretly welded all the joints together and prayed to all their Gods that it wouldn’t come crashing down before then. If it had come down, it could have ended the lives of around 200,000 people.
In my opinion, this video is utter rubbish. Shame for all those who actually believe this form of immature social media shite.
With the exception of the Baseball Stadium, the Gehry building at MIT (an Architect I much admire for his freedom of mind not influenced by received ideology), and the Walkie Talkie building in London (same as per Gehry's ideology), this whole video is misleading. Even the three aforementioned structures will have deeper implication/stories behind the Architectural remit than stated in this vague video. The video has been put together by someone who is bereft of what the term Architecture means as opposed to what they believe the term stands for. (i.e. the word Architecture is a legal term respecting the 'Professional Capacity' of the designer related to their concept of design. There is no formula for this other than possessing good intentions and holding a heart and soul respecting what Human Beings can achieve if they apply their minds).
I am an Architect who holds a PhD in Material Physics. What this video denotes: are shortcomings in the construction process relating to selection and designation of materials, unresolved structural design and inadequate component fixings, and, possibly, the hierarchy of design concept given towards the immediate environment. Whether the shortcomings are deemed to be the Architects’ responsibility is much more complex than one believes. There are all manner of: Building Contracts, Instructions, Variations, Quality Control/Funding issues, etc., that govern building works - all of which hold significance influence on how Architecture is; either designed or not.
I find the thrust of this video unfair to Architectural Practitioners as the video; in my opinion, is nothing more than sensationalism and scare-mongering coupled together to garner YouTube watches and thence, lucre.
6:20 How is it a fail if the building never fell and his idea worked perfect?
This whole video is a fail. Remove.. all... punctuation. in. your script.... and.... try..... not to sound...........like captain Kirk.
Modern Architecture is vastly overrated, Traditional buildings can stand a thousand years or the Colosseum 2 thousand, just as well modernist are flawed and won't last, most are ugly and characterless..........
OK, the picture of the Chinese Apartment building on it's side has nothing to do with an architectural fail, or even an engineering fail. It has to do with corruption and greed. The supervisor and project manager were responsible for this, nothing more. Altho it was officially reported by the PRC government as a soil subsidence from excavations for the car park being the reason for failure, the actual cause was that they had sold of approximately half the pilings, which supported the foundations. This was an incremental change situation, where previously they had been 2 pilings short on a build (as a genuine shortfall in delivery) They decided to continue the build and it was fine. They then sold off some pilings on the next build and pocketed the money. This trend continued until they got down to half of the required pilings and.........Uh Oh, she's over! You need to understand that the company responsible for the build was delivering 2 apartment buildings every 3 weeks, so the chance for this to all go wrong quickly was very real. It was also highly profitable for the 2 men concerned, although eventually being executed wasn't that great. I know all this because I was part of the official investigation team, brought in to conduct a parallel investigation as to the cause.
Our playground in Kennedy Park in San Lorenzo, CA in the 1960's/'70's had a real WWII jet carcass (painted black) that kids could play on/in. It also got scorching in the sun, besides having many sharp horrendous things inside the hull to wreck yourself on.
THE PLAY GROUND ORBs have nothing on the 1960s- 80s we had metal slides at most schools that were 15 foot tall to break your neck and fry your legs going down lol..owe the good old days in kindergarden and elementry ...
this will be the last talltanic video i will ever watch. this collection of stories is so full of fake fact and bullshit , it's not even funny. you people need to do some research and present the facts, not supposition and bullshit."the building COULD HAVE fallen down and killed 200 000 people" where the fuck did you get that figure from? your ass ? do everyone a favor, and just state the truth, this sensationalism is fucking disgraceful
the walkie talkie building has never melted any car "down to its frame" quit spewing bullshit.the sampoong department store didnt collapse because they moved the elevators aand an air conditioner, it failed because the owner wanted to add extra floors that the structure couldn't support, idiots.
the tacoma narrows bridge didn't fail because of what it was made of, it failed because the wind blowing over the bridge caused "torsional flutter"., a phenomenon that causes vorteces to form around the bridge structure as air passes through and around it. do some research and find out.
He left out some vital information about the sampoong building
Not only did they convert it into a department store, they did not relocate pillars, they made every column 20 percent thinner. Added a floor, and the air conditioner, was the only thing "relocated" by dragging it across the roof because nearby neighbors complained about the noise. The air conditioner should have been lifted and relocated, but just like this narrator's job they didnt do their homework and said "good enough" and drug an enourmous load across a very weak and crippled structure.
Son, I would not boast about this crap. The title is grammatically wrong -10 Biggest Architectural Fails- *10 Biggest Architectural Failures* - conclusion _America is hopeless at building anything_ maybe you should have enlisted the of Isambard Kingdom Brunel the structures he designed and built in the 1840s in the UK are still standing!
I live in Washington, the materials of the bridge are not why it collapsed, it had to do with the form of the bridge and the typically high velocity wind going through the narrows. Also, the bridge was never recovered, it's all still under water.
A lot of BS here, as others have noted. The real reason for the failure of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was aerodynamics -- vortexes shed from the span in a high wind resonated with the structure. By the way, neither of those two side-by-side bridges at the beginning are the bridge that collapsed.
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I love this edgy look! I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows! A view from the back of her Dutch pigtail braids! A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from this view of the back. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair. For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first! Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.
We will have to be coming up with lots more short hair braids in the future, so be sure to give us a follow over at our newly redesigned blog Abella’s Braids to see more as we do them!
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love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!
Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair. I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?” Almost everyone said “YES!” So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second! I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality! It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone! We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!
This first braid (above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off.