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Monday, 4 November 2013

The Biggest Architectural Failures of All Time.

Architecture is one field which never ceases to amaze us, be it the the Palm Islands, the Petronas Tower, the Tajmahal, The capital Gate or the Pyramids of Egypt. Although there are countless buildings that acts as tropies upon the showcase of humanity, there are certain structures that doesn't quite make the cut. Here's a list of five structure that remains a stain upon the near perfect architectural legacy of humanity.

5. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge (1940)

  When a suspension bridge is nicknamed 'galloping gertie' you just know that it is one bridge that you should'nt be on. The first version of the tacoma narrows bridge was constructed in 1940 connecting Tacoma and The Kitsap Penninsula. Apparently the bridge wasnt build considering the wind factor in the area and effort to rectify the 'fluttering failure' proved to be ineffective and it finally met its tragic end on november the same year. This epic failure resuled in boosted reseach in the fields of aerodynamic elasicity of long span bridges which has been adopted since.

4. The St Francis Dam

  Built between 1924 and 1926 it was a promising storage reservoir located in the san francisquito canyon. This was a catastopic failure that ended many lives and careers. The dam collapsed on March 28 1928 around 12 midnight killing almost 600 people. The St Francis Dam had to be in our top 5 considering its short life span of two years.

3. The Hyatt Regency Walkway

 This was one of the deadliest structural collapses till the world trade centre attack on 2011. The walkway collapsed because of an overload of onlookers for a dancing contest going on the lower floor. Since the 4th floor walkway was directly on top of the 2nd floor walkway the collapse of the former inevitably destroyed the latter which fell down onto the people gathered below killing 114 people and injuring more than 200.

2. Leaning Tower of Suurhusen

The leaning tower of suurhasen was a late medival steeple located in suurhusen Germany. This structure held the record for the most tilted building until it was taken away from it by the capital gate building in the U.A.E. This steeple was apparently built on marshy grounds which rotted away its oakwood foundations causing the building to tilt at an angle of over 5 degrees.

1. Leaning Tower of Pisa

Even the leaning tower of suurhusen has a greater angle of tilt, the leaning tower of pisa is the most famous architectural blunder in the modern age. Attracting attention for all the wrong reasons, this here stucture has vistitors from all around the globe. The leaning tower of pisa is stable at the moment and is expected to stand for another 200 to 300 years thanks to some clever engineering tweeks in the form of counter weights and some strong cables holding the structure in its less than comfortable position.