Civil Engineer, interested in the planet Earth... and cheesecake
Chicago’s Willis (Sears) Tower became the world’s tallest skyscraper in 1973 after surpassing New York’s One World Trade Center, holding the title until 1998.
Currently the 2nd tallest in the US after the newly rebuilt 1 WTC, Willis is clearly a major player in the legendary NY-Chicago ”whose is bigger” war, and a testament to the engineering strength and perseverance that makes this country great.
SKY FARM by Gordon Graff
Architect Gordon Graff may succeed in the more green and progressive city of Toronto with his plans for a sky farm with 48 floors and millions of square feet of floor space (and even more growing space). This building, if constructed, will be able to feed tens of thousands of people per year. Best of all, particularly in Canada, the success of the building’s crops isn’t contingent upon climactic conditions. As an architectural and urban design gesture this structure both fits into the city skyline and differentiates itself with simple layers of green.
MY WHOLE LIFE IS A LIE
This is a blatant violation of trust
YOU LYING FUCKS I SPENT MY WHOLE LIFE ADMIRING THE BRICK LAYERS THAT ALWAYS LAY THE BRICKS NEAT AND PERFECTLY LINED UP HOLY SHIT I LOOK UP TO YOU HOW COULD YOU
I FEEL LIKE SOMEONE JUST TOLD ME SANTA CLAUSE ISNT REAL ALL OVER AGAIN
SON OF A BITCH
I mean, you guys are complaining, but it’s not like this is done purely to pretend the paths are bricks. There’s a structural reason - namely, that large concrete slabs will unavoidably crack and degrade when undergoing expansion and contraction due to temperature changes (unless much larger compression forces are applied via expensive steel reinforcement cables through the slab that are generally used in buildings not general pavement). This causes those cracks to form along the pattern, thereby eventually turning the slab into actual bricks (instead of cracking randomly and therefore potentially dangerously).
Also it’s a shitload cheaper than creating and laying bricks, which results in more infrastructure for the same price, and looks pretty much the same in the end, so what the hell are you all complaining for seriously chill the fuck out. You’re probably the kinds of people who would have complained the first time they saw a farm plough being used, like “what they don’t dig the field and plant all the plants individually by hand oh my god I feel so BETRAYED!”
(Also often they actually are bricks, particularly in higher economically-performing areas, but that’s beside the point.)
Civil Engineer here, Beanni’s right. Although usually concrete surfaces are placed in sections so that when it does expand and contract it has room to move rather than spending extra time adding a brick pattern.
You can see from the photo though that they’ve laid the concrete the whole length without sectioning it.