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New Paradigms In Energy Conservation And Generation

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.752.1 - 6.752.15

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Garen Gregorian

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Francis Di Bella

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Session 2333


Francis A. Di Bella, PE 617-373-5240 ( Assistant Professor, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 02115 School of Engineering Technology and Garen Gregorian, PE Gregorian Engineers (617-484-3565) Consulting Structural Engineers Belmont, Ma.

ABSTRACT The development of advanced building materials seems to be progressing as fast as the creativeness of architects who demand them for use in their latest creations. Architects often spur onward the development of building materials in order to “push the envelope” of building size, height and form. In 1956, the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright once envisioned a skyscraper that would be 5,280-ft. tall (500 stories). Wright’s contemporaries are still looking to build the Grand Design Skyscraper- some with as many as 210 stories or approximately 3,000 ft. tall. Many contemporary architects see the research for stronger, lighter, corrosive free building materials as the Holy Grail that promises that their modern buildings will live, not only after them, but also through many generations of full usefulness.

Their grandiose life goals are not simply a test of their ingenuity and their ability to get the job done. A very tall skyscraper does serve to solve a very critical dilemma in the business and private world to day: the need for ever expanding office space in a shrinking or stagnant supply of open areas within attractive urban settings. According to Dr. James Trefil (“A Scientist In The City”, Doubleday Publishers, 1994), a 200-story building would have about 20 million square feet of floor space; enough office space for 30,000 workers in a commercial environment or 50,000 occupants living in an ultra-high rise apartment.

In order to be able to compete successfully for the privilege of getting a commission for the Grand Design, architects are constantly looking for the competitive edge; a modern design that would make such buildings more functional and certainly more attractive economically. The fact that futuristic buildings can reach ever increasing heights never before conceived enables innovative and heretofore uneconomical concepts for energy

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Gregorian, G., & Di Bella, F. (2001, June), New Paradigms In Energy Conservation And Generation Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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