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#GreenerBuilder speaker Jason McLennan's perspective on scale and sustainability

I would further Kunstler’s assertion, predicting that the age of the skyscraper will also come to an end within the next couple of decades. An experiment that began just a little over a hundred years ago, culminating with the Burj Khalifa at nearly 1,000 feet taller than its contemporaries, will be done within twenty years. In an era of peak oil, declining environmental health, global population above seven billion and climate change, it will be impossible to sustain the paradigm in which high-tech materials come from all over the world and large-scale technological solutions are required to fix creeping large-scale engineering problems. Our experiment of building mega structures will be complete. As Kunstler has said, “many buildings being built today will never get retrofitted.” Certain historic structures will get restored, as the Empire State Building recently was, for...

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