Posted by: Johan Normark | October 16, 2011

The earthscraper in Mexico City

The “earthscraper“, or inverted skyscraper/pyramid, that they are planning to build in central Mexico City is a foolish idea. Apart from penetrating the former ruins of Tenochtitlán, built on the former Lake Texcoco, this is an area known for its many earthquakes. The earthquake in 1985 killed more than 10,000 people. I also doubt that Mexico could finance such a giant project, particularly these days. Where will they get the money? From the drug cartels, the upcoming 2012 tourism, or China? Interesting architecture though even if it remains a fantasy reminiscent of the Mines of Moria. Now we’ll just have to wait and see when Semir Osmanagich finds an inverted pyramid in Bosnia that can rival this one.


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  1. Lol. One crack from an earthquake and they got them selfs a nice pond. The mud and clay-geology of the area with silt layers means that actually, no one should build anything there. And building on the depth, thats really dangerous since theres probably tons of layers of (maybe seasonal) ground water flowing there.

  2. They have some fairly tall skyscrapers in Mexico City. Torre Latinoamericana is roughly 200 m tall but it withstood the earthquake. It felt “safe” when I visited it a decade ago.

  3. Yes, but a massive one (above 8 or so) could liquify most of the ground in that city. As in Tokyo as well which is equally idiotically located for a megacity.

  4. The initial settlement in the area only had one story domestic buildings and the monumental pyramids were less likely to crumble in an earthquake. Centuries of expansion into the large Lake Texcoco makes the central part of this megacity a very unstable location.


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