Foundations: From Solid to Faulty Towers

Design flaws aren’t always fatal, but they can be an expensive liability.

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July-August 2019

Volume 107, Number 4
Page 214

DOI: 10.1511/2019.107.4.214

Historically, the most conspicuous skyscrapers of New York City have been clustered in two distinct locations: one in lower Manhattan, in the vicinity of where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center once stood, and one in midtown, where the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building still stand. The rise at these locations of what were once the tallest buildings in the world was not coincidental. The massive structures were built where they were because of the unique geology of Manhattan Island.

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