How Tall Can We Build? | Answers With Joe

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    The Burj Khalifa is the tallest structure humans have ever built. But that record may fall in the coming years as a new generation of supertall buildings go under construction.
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    The first tallest structure in the world was the Great Pyramid of Giza, which held its record for nearly 4000 years. It was beat by the Lincoln Cathedral in the UK in 1311, which was topped by the Washington Monument, then the Eiffel Tower, and then the Chrysler Building in 1929.
    North America saw the next wave of world-record skyscrapers, with the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, and the Sears Tower.
    Then Asia had their turn with the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, then the Taipei 101 Building.
    The next and current tallest building is the Burj Khalifa, but it may soon be topped by the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, or the Burj Mubarak al-Kabir in Kuwait, or the Dubai Creek Tower, solidifying the Middle East as the current epicenter of supertall buildings in the world.
    Designs for vertical cities of the future include Ultima Tower, the Tokyo Sky Mile Tower, and the Shimizu Mega City Pyramid. But the tallest building ever designed is the X-Seed 4000 building which would stretch 4 kilometers into the sky and house up to a million people.
    Real Engineering on the construction of the Burj Khalifa
    Tokyo Sky Mile Tower
    Size comparison of the tallest buildings in the world:
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  • Anne Koenig
    Anne Koenig 2 days ago

    The Screenshot of that tiny bump on the far left side being the Great Pyramid of Egypt... mind numbing
    How big was the Tower of Babel? ...bigger than that last one on the right side of that frame? & how do we find out?
    -real questions

  • Corey Mallory
    Corey Mallory 2 days ago

    Hell naw I wouldn’t, why? Because it’s too damn high.

  • Strange Dee* Lee
    Strange Dee* Lee 2 days ago

    No thanks. I like my feet on the ground.

  • Joseph Walker
    Joseph Walker 3 days ago

    I would wanna live in one of these buildings, I think it would be so cool

  • Christine Manning
    Christine Manning 3 days ago

    Biggest structure built underwater?

  • Nathan Byrne
    Nathan Byrne 4 days ago

    Who’s joe?

  • Pingandlucky
    Pingandlucky 4 days ago

    Today I learned that people are already trying to build hive cities such as featured in Warhammer 40 K. The bleak future is here. Can I not imagine what the lower and basement levels of these places will be like in 50to100 years? Even less?

  • jv262002
    jv262002 4 days ago

    Bigger and even bigger buildings...bad idea summed up with 3 words...Tower of Babel

  • QueenCersei Lannister

    After 9/11 and the PTSD from that, tall buildings scare the crap outta me.

  • salwa Aj
    salwa Aj 8 days ago

    because i'm bored, and because as an african (who identify into the islamic culture) i may harbor some resentment against the golf countries, so i'm going to share some interresting religious beliefs on this matter:
    “The Hour will not be established-till the people of the desert (the camel shepherds) compete with one another in constructing high buildings.” this is allergedly a prophecy (hadith) from our beloved prophet mohamad.
    (competing is the key word here, more so than simply constructing tall buildings for true needs) (by the by, i m not using the "cael shepherds" designation as a racial slug, like most do; it's absurd to shame a poeple for their ancestors nomadic like some two thousand years ago. in the contrary, it's fascinating.)
    the following are verses from the Quran itself:
    1)Pharaoh said: "O Haman! Build me a lofty palace, that I may attain the ways and means- (Surah Ghafir, 36)
    2)And We made a people, considered weak (and of no account), inheritors of lands in both east and west, - lands whereon We sent down Our blessings.The fair promise of thy Lord was fulfilled for the Children of Israel, because they had patience and constancy, and We levelled to the ground the great works and fine buildings which Pharaoh and his people erected (with such pride). (Surah Al-A‘raf, 137)
    3)As also the evil ones, (including) every kind of builder and diver,- (Surah Sâd, 37) (ps: this one is extra wierd though haha i ve known some, ironically christians, who believe that trolls and giants did exist once, and that ,as depicted in high fantasy, trolls loved to dig tunnels)
    4)Those before them did also plot (against Allah.s Way): but Allah took their structures from their foundations, and the roof fell down on them from above; and the Wrath seized them from directions they did not perceive. (Surah An-Nahl, 26)
    5)The foundation of those who so build is never free from suspicion and shakiness in their hearts, until their hearts are cut to pieces.And Allah is All-Knowing, Wise. (Surah At-Tawba, 110)
    6)Which then is best? - he that layeth his foundation on piety to Allah and His good pleasure? - or he that layeth his foundation on an undermined sand-cliff ready to crumble to pieces? and it doth crumble to pieces with him, into the fire of Hell.And Allah guideth not people that do wrong. (Surah At-Tawba, 109) (ok, it's obviously a metaphor, but who cares. i just want to make these self appointed leading scholars of islam (saudi arabia and such) inconfortable. they easely jump on modern women's life styles to explain all what s wrong with the world, but when it comes to their male pride and flaunting huge sums of money on extravagances, it s halel)

  • Jim McClarin
    Jim McClarin 8 days ago

    Meanwhile, the Nazca Pacific tectonic plate has been building a structure via subduction reaching almost 7km high at present, the Andes mountain range whose highest point is Aconcagua in Argentina just across the Chilean border.

  • gary schraa
    gary schraa 9 days ago

    Yes I've dreamt of a skyscraper being built near the west hills of Coalinga being 2/3rds of a mile square top to bottom and as tall as the trade towers . It would cast a shadow so big and so long it could be used as a sun dial and in fact could have markers set up several miles away in an arc . You'd be able to watch the shadow sweep across the valley for miles and miles . (Desalinized water from the Pacific would be supplied with an Alaska pipeline type setup)

  • James Gray
    James Gray 9 days ago

    They would have their own governments.

  • Rhiannon Carlson
    Rhiannon Carlson 9 days ago

    And where are the resources for such projects extracted from? Build to reach the sky father and destroy the earth mother in the process?

  • That Random Guy
    That Random Guy 11 days ago

    So essentially the contest between the two gentlemen wanting to build the taller building, could literally be a innuendo for a dick comparing context?

  • Brian Arbenz
    Brian Arbenz 12 days ago

    Imagine riding the elevator to your job on the top floor of a 1-mile high building, getting seated at your computer -- then realizing you left the sub sandwich you brought for lunch down in your car. You'd wish you worked in a humdrum, non-glamorous one-story building.

  • Djohle
    Djohle 14 days ago

    Stainless steel middle finger

  • Zack Raynor
    Zack Raynor 14 days ago

    What goes up must come down : eventually! Don’t want to be there when it does!

  • Donald Wright
    Donald Wright 16 days ago

    At 4 km high, you will need heating on the top... always! :)

  • Steven Zhu
    Steven Zhu 18 days ago

    The Ultima Tower is NOT higher than 2 miles. A mile is 1628 meters, although commonly approximated to 1600 meters.

  • Kenron Storr
    Kenron Storr 18 days ago

    Nice shirt bro

  • John Huisman
    John Huisman 19 days ago

    pyramid designs are the way to go , love the idea , would we have the resources . think of the technology that would change from bottom to the top in the amount of time to build this structure.

  • Popeless Not Hopeless
    Popeless Not Hopeless 19 days ago +2

    Somewhere, a biblical fundamentalist is saying : "What about the tower of babel?!"

    • Grievous
      Grievous 16 days ago

      It was 257 blocks high.

  • ifkflgppe pgpgöekks
    ifkflgppe pgpgöekks 20 days ago

    Hey, Azerbajdzjan tower!

  • varun singh
    varun singh 20 days ago

    1600 meters 😉

  • TheOtherSteel
    TheOtherSteel 22 days ago

    06:38 "It was originally designed to be one mile high, or sixteen-hundred *kilometers*..."
    One mile does not convert into 1,600 kilometers.

  • MiLaws
    MiLaws 23 days ago

    They can get Judge Dredd to enforce their legal system.

  • JeffAM1986
    JeffAM1986 23 days ago

    So when Joe makes the point that these countries are showing off their technological prowess and power and that its these middle eastern countries turns, the irony is incredible. These countries are using the achievements and technological advancements of western civilization, not their own homogeneous Know-how. The none western world would still be in the Stone Age without the West and the blood, sweat, tears and toil or European people’s over thousands of years. All maybe with the exception of China, Japan and a few other far eastern civilizations. The simple fact is that Europeans built the modern world, and their technological achievements have created these safe and comfortable societies that leftist claim we must give up to the unwashed low iq third world hordes because diversity. Western civilization is at stake, they want us to quit eating beef so that some stream in Vietnam or Africa won’t flood while at the same time pay to take care of all the dregs of the world who have failed to create equally viable and valid civilizations. Just remember that the next time some Arab prince claps as he gets out of his Rolls Royce and does a ribbon cutting at some super sky scraper in the desert. Peace.

  • acf2802
    acf2802 24 days ago

    Yeah, I don't think Africa is taking the crown any time soon. For one, you can't stack mud that high.

  • readme info
    readme info 27 days ago

    Tower of Babel. We built it, before we all spoke different languages. Too imagine how big it was, it was a worst offense and a larger failure when a worker dropped a brick vs when a worker (without a brick/equipment) fell off the tower. It took years, towards the end of the construction, to reach the top of the tower to place a brick down... incredible. No wonder God got so worried!

  • Renagade5150
    Renagade5150 28 days ago

    Loved this one Joe!

  • Marty Smith
    Marty Smith Month ago

    'Someday Africa will have its turn" LOL they burn "witches" and rape children to "cure AIDS" over there. They arent building shit without someone coming in and doing it for them.

  • JohnG6
    JohnG6 Month ago

    I wonder how long it would take for someone to live an entire life in one of those enclosed cities. Not somebody with agoraphobia or anything like that, but to live a normal life with friends, school, work, etc. There are already plenty of people who have grown up all over having never left their home town so I'm sure it would be possible.

  • Dennis Schock
    Dennis Schock Month ago

    me? I was hoping to get a rancher.

  • Literal Trash
    Literal Trash Month ago

    These are the city districts in Stellaris

  • Literal Trash
    Literal Trash Month ago

    Some of these tower cities are so fucking cool sounding, it’s awesome. I live in a very rural area, so going to a city and seeing normal skyscrapers is pretty cool for me. Going to a city and seeing a two mile high city tower? That would probably be the coolest thing I’d ever see. I hope to god one of these things gets built before I’m gone.

  • Stiffe
    Stiffe Month ago

    this is fake you can only build 240 blocks upp there is a invisible border stupid

  • Richard Eldridge
    Richard Eldridge Month ago

    I would never live in a tall building in Japan, or San Francisco.

  • Wi-Fi TV
    Wi-Fi TV Month ago

    It's kinda cool that the middle East has reclaimed the tallest building record after almost a thousand years

  • Michael van kerckhoven

    "1 mile high or 1600 km" he says, 1600 km = +- 1000 miles ;-)

  • Ian Hillan
    Ian Hillan Month ago

    "...same as you'd expect to spend in monthly rent on a 1-bedroom apartment in San Francisco..." Lmao.

  • Kevin Marshall
    Kevin Marshall Month ago

    Imagine the view of stars from the top of a 4km tall building.

  • Aska Maru
    Aska Maru Month ago

    At 4k nobody will hear you scream!

  • Aaron Posadas
    Aaron Posadas Month ago

    Welcome to central central intelligence

  • Alejandro Flores
    Alejandro Flores Month ago

    OK America time to take back the record and prove we can be eco friendly or bring back Frank Lloyd Wright's design

  • Will Cody
    Will Cody Month ago

    A mile is 5,280ft.

  • Sadi
    Sadi Month ago

    imagine if only a few years after the jedah tower there's a terrorist attack targeting it

  • 왕반짝반짝
    왕반짝반짝 Month ago +1


  • dhincks1
    dhincks1 Month ago

    For me, no wouldn't want to live that way. If enough people want it I say go for it. They could have what they want. The earthship or variation of one coming from New Mexico seems like a better idea. Coupled with the greenhouse the retired postal worker designed in Nebraska. Is my current choice of sustainable living.

  • Imran Shishir
    Imran Shishir Month ago +1

    Yep.humans are getting there. Sifi here we come

  • 108johnny
    108johnny Month ago +1

    What about those strange buildings designed by Ivo Shandor?

  • Wendell Sims
    Wendell Sims Month ago

    I thought we went by feet and inches in America not meters..

  • Lee Chapman
    Lee Chapman Month ago

    Whats the point of height?
    Yeah, I can see the amount of people in these building... just I thought that building in and on the ground of Mars would be better... I say this for I know we will be able to contact humans in other worlds like Mars... After all two worlds are better than one

  • Petronius
    Petronius Month ago

    Total and completely bugfuck. Only in the California Bay Area would someone think it was a good idea to design a structure for humans tro live in Human, describe it as a Human Termite Mound and stand up there in front of the audience wondering hw everyone is silently staring at her as if she were taking a shit right there on stage in front of everybody. Buildings so large they change weather patterns? To what end? Remember the final line of BRDIGE ON THE RIVER KWAI?

  • Shawn Walker
    Shawn Walker Month ago

    You must read Arthur C Clark's 3001 where he imagined a ring around the Earth connected by a series of towers that would go so high as to experience low gravity. As someone aged the would send to higher floors and love in lower gravity. Everything would be managed by robots that would repair and manage the structure. You would have the ability to take an elevator from the surface of the Earth to the upper ring and anywhere on the ring

  • paul snor
    paul snor Month ago

    Nice you explain to moron viewers that a kilometer is one thousand meters.

  • Ed S
    Ed S Month ago

    For those who want to know if there is a limit, Issac Arthur has a whole video series on mega structures.

  • Alphonso ButlakIV
    Alphonso ButlakIV Month ago

    If we get the elevator right, we could pull Mars somewhere nice

  • Alphonso ButlakIV
    Alphonso ButlakIV Month ago

    I feel like the jeta tower needs it's square rotated and made bigger, the middle cables don't look like they'll be doing much.

  • Alphonso ButlakIV
    Alphonso ButlakIV Month ago

    I just want to see the longest string, I want to pull space and a boat in Japan.