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10 Biggest Architectural Fails

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You won't believe the architectural fails that we have on this list. From skyscrapers that melt cars and dangerous bridges breaking. Subscribe to Talltanic http://goo.gl/wgfvrr # 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.
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Ciera Rae (23 hours ago)
Seems like a lot of buildings were like they were build on sand. SMH
Jack Toddy (1 day ago)
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.
A Kap (2 days ago)
I stopped listening at "after an infant burned THEMSELVES". Resist newspeak.
Ben Gibson (3 days ago)
What Goes Up, Stays In Vegas
Gold Pixie (12 days ago)
Jaf Jaffy (16 days ago)
is this only responsible by architect or also by engineers?
Da Ro (16 days ago)
Stupid China junk
mykill fano (17 days ago)
I have a headache this guys voice is ruining my mornin
Mr. Dizon (17 days ago)
Structural failures are not architectural failures. learn the difference
paul Newman (20 days ago)
Lasted 1.39 with the audio from a guy who couldn’t read from a script
barry mcdougal (20 days ago)
barry mcdougal (20 days ago)
mpomrenke (21 days ago)
And they re-built the original Tacoma Narrows. And it’s Olympic peninsula.
mpomrenke (21 days ago)
A building “ attempts to knowingly intentionally injure “.... really? The building has INTENT as well as fault? Try the builders
Johnnywhamo (23 days ago)
Something shoddy made in China... what what whaaaaaaat!?
Scratch Dog 22 (25 days ago)
Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT. January 17th, 1978. Damn close call.
Veljko Stevanovic (28 days ago)
How about bent pyramid of Snefru? Or Pyramid of Amenemhat III (Dahshur)?
NBArturo38 (1 month ago)
Number 1: The Twin Towers
EIN SWIFT (1 month ago)
im old enough to remember watching number #2 on tv. sad memory...
Cuchito (1 month ago)
I live 30 min from the tropical field iv been in it it’s great
Rosalind Jimenez (1 month ago)
How could you leave off the Kansas City Hyatt hotel collapse of 1981? 113 killed 216 injured
liquidbraino (1 month ago)
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.
Tigi Bucaro (1 month ago)
that's not the John Hancock Tower
mikael olisa (1 month ago)
I pity the engineer
Letocetum sulley (2 months ago)
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..........
YiMan (2 months ago)
Shit video on a shit channel. I thought it would show buildings collapsing
Ty Smith (2 months ago)
Same old regurgitated content found on dozens of other youtube channels. youtube is getting worse by the day. I'm officially done with youtube.
Ty Smith (2 months ago)
I didn't realize the point of baseball was to hit the ball as high and far as possible. Thanks for teaching me something new.
Emad Girgis (2 months ago)
This guy is Aussie like me
Morten Kristoffersen (2 months ago)
Tried watching. Sadly, the narration is abysmal, and make the video unwatchable!
Gary Cameron (2 months ago)
#4: They play major league baseball all the time at the Toronto skydome - nobody has managed to put one into the retractable roof as far as I know.
CyeOutsider (2 months ago)
500 people killed? Jesus, what a catastrophe. Thise poor people.
A building falling isn't gonna kill 200,000 people. thanks
Bruiser Night (2 months ago)
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.
Makayla Ray (2 months ago)
Honestly I hate this video. There was no introduction, hardly any explanation, and the audio sucks.
Beck Zhu (2 months ago)
Many of those are engineering failures
onesixgg (2 months ago)
Baseball stadiums in Florida need to be domes (or at least have a retractable roof) because if they weren't, you'd have a lot of postponed games in the summer due to rain.
NOTABOOS (2 months ago)
The 10 biggest where? When? Clickbait crap.
bongo fury (2 months ago)
bongo fury (2 months ago)
Citicorp building? And the conspiracy nuts can't imagine the Twin Towers being built shoddily by mob-controlled construction contractors in the 1960's/'70's? IDIOTS ON PARADE...........
bongo fury (2 months ago)
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. GOOD TIMES..........
Tee K (2 months ago)
These are construction fails. Not architectural fails
zippy zip (2 months ago)
One building kills 200,000 people? Where’s your numbers??
Kaz EE (2 months ago)
also why not try video footage? we didnt come to YouTube for picture stories
LEONG KUM FATT (3 months ago)
Tropicana Field Stadium was gone
Mitch Cohen (3 months ago)
The John Hancock is in Chicago you stupid fuck
Tauras66 (2 months ago)
Greg M. (3 months ago)
What a terrible. Abrasive. Voice. This guy. Must be a reject. From a telemarketing firm. JEEZUZ PLEASE SHUT HIM UP.
Cyber Mixologist (3 months ago)
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 ...
BigBollocks (3 months ago)
Those first couple of pics are NOT of the Tacoma Narrows bridge. Moron.
323 040 (3 months ago)
The voice, the cunt can't speak
pzkpfwiv freak (3 months ago)
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
pzkpfwiv freak (3 months ago)
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.
pzkpfwiv freak (3 months ago)
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.
EL NAYRUBY (3 months ago)
too much facade
Luke Stein (3 months ago)
That intro practically killed my hearing.
Alan Peery (3 months ago)
I love the Walkie Scorchy! Just after completion, a number of us took a late lunch break so we could walk through the focus point. It was intense.
I can't stand to listen to _his_ voice for longer than ten seconds.
Trust me, I'm an engineer!
RJ (3 months ago)
Trump Towers?
Matrick Galius (3 months ago)
Nothing architectural here.... engineering failure.... fix your title
Mountain Mamma (3 months ago)
Get aids and dies nigga
Steve Mcguiness (3 months ago)
So number on was a non story 😞
Aniceto Maldonado Jr (3 months ago)
Nice. 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.
OHFORPEATSAKES (3 months ago)
5.5 million views.... for this garbage
yusaf khan (3 months ago)
Try adding a full stop (period). Will help you complete a sentence.
M. Strain Jr. (3 months ago)
Well I enjoyed the video.
Glen Strong (3 months ago)
Why is this guy yelling at the video, and also, somehow, sounds like an angry robot reading from a cue card?
nyc mubi photography (3 months ago)
Number one failure are the twin towers in Manhattan on 9/11.
Mister Physics (3 months ago)
Wasn't architectural, was DEW, and it wasn't just 2 buildings, it was 7 of them, in fact every single building with WTC prefix was destroyed that day and you idiots think two planes did it, cucks.
theonemodifier (3 months ago)
Mike Marcelli (3 months ago)
these are all engineering failures with the exception of the mit disaster
Olea Lohne (3 months ago)
Don Vittorio DiMaggio (3 months ago)
Your voice tone gave me headache 🤕
Josh Brackelsberg (3 months ago)
Welds fail before bolts if you don't weld it right.
Natsuki Kr (3 months ago)
Dindo Nuffin (3 months ago)
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!
Dindo Nuffin (3 months ago)
The title is grammatically wrong -10 Biggest Architectural Fails- *10 Biggest Architectural Failures*
newforestroadwarrior (3 months ago)
It irks me he uses the term superheated totally out of context
Advocatus Diaboli (3 months ago)
Blah blah blah, what a bunch of stupid drivel.
Gary Garrett (3 months ago)
5:10 Can we build a walkie talkie skyscraper across the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington DC?
Vladimir_Bone Spur_tRump (3 months ago)
Gary Garrett fat does melt. It would be fun to watch.
Kyle Janson (3 months ago)
The last one was a bad idea
Jeffrey Messier (3 months ago)
There are so many innacuricies in this story!
Mary kai (3 months ago)
Anyone who would actually order and pay for a gehry building deserves what they get. Truly. Dangerous and ugly. Not even a good ugly.
Boisson Media (3 months ago)
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.
nightlightabcd (3 months ago)
This is the result of deregulation so companies can maximize profits with the blessings and encouragement of the GOP!
Nunster's Place (3 months ago)
Just another retarded youtuber. Melted a car down to it's frame?
Kazik Nowik (3 months ago)
let's not impeach Trump,lets impeach tik-tok from YouTube
Sue Kennedy (3 months ago)
Who was the architect for the bridge.
DJ KaNeck (3 months ago)
Before watching this video, there was an advertisement for shaving your ball sacks. Just so you know. Awfully disturbing, awfully disturbing.
I heard about the Citigroup Center tower (the skyscraper on stilts) years ago, but couldn't remember the name of it until I saw it in this video. So what keeps it from falling today, in 2019?
Peter Nyc (3 months ago)
architects sometime just know the design, never think of other possibility created by mother nature.
gary proffitt (3 months ago)
It is gone for destruction but this is "Totally Wrong ???"
Handlegrip (3 months ago)
This is my life on drugs.
CC Perso (3 months ago)
Felt asleep after 36 seconds...
Boston Parker (3 months ago)
This list is just bad. Maybe research the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City. You are welcome!
B J (3 months ago)
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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whisperingthylacine (4 months ago)
It's never a good idea to play baseball in an indoor stadium. 🤭
Vincent Ciccone (4 months ago)
Removing support columns 😂😂😂
Andrew Rook (4 months ago)
I would wrather inhale smoke at the top of north world trade than listen to this.
boinkye (4 months ago)
I think #2 should be #1because of the loss of lives. That's a lot of people!
Dirt Church (4 months ago)
This channel is a trap , did not burn down to the frame softened plastic parts on a car

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