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TrumpTower Chicago height controversy

There is a controversy over the height of Trump Tower Chicago at Talk:Trump_International_Hotel_and_Tower_(Chicago)#Height_and_floors. Advice is needed.--TonyTheTiger (t/c/bio/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 14:58, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

Burj Khalifa height related to Goethe's birthday?

There is a discussion here regarding the relation between Burj Khalifa's height (828 metres) and the birthday of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August) when written in US date format (8-28).

  • Rbbloom is of the opinion that this connection is by no means a coincidence
  • Golbez, Astronaut, Canada Jack and myself believe that the connection is ridiculous and that unless confirmed by an arhitect, it cannot be assumed to be there.

Opinions on this would be appreciated, preferably here. Thanks, timsdad (talk) 02:46, 8 January 2010 (UTC)

Allow me to elaborate upon my opinion: what. --Golbez (talk) 02:57, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
Particularly since the only reference we have so far [1] (not a great reference I admit but not too bad) only mentions the fact that 8 is a lucky number in Chinese, which seemed to me much more likely even before I found the reference (well it was the reason I found the reference). Nil Einne (talk) 06:28, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
Obviously China was founded by Goethe, and therefore he made two digits of his Gregorian birthday their lucky number. --Golbez (talk) 08:34, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
That number 8 thing is almost as ridiculous, I think, as all of those references to the numbers 9/11 and the connections between the terrorist attacks in 2001. 1) That reference is a blog, and 2) Jan 4, 2010 (01042010) --> (1+4+2+1=8!) ??? Come on. Might I add, I found that above comment hilarious. --timsdad (talk) 14:01, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
In binary, 9 is 1001. So, 9 1 1 is 1001 1 1. Four 1s. Multiplied by 2 (the '2' in 828 meters) gives us 8. Clearly, Goethe is Osama bin Ladin. --Golbez (talk) 00:38, 9 January 2010 (UTC)
Geothe? Piffle. Clearly it's Leo Tolstoy who was born on August 28, 1828. Numerology is a fun game to play. Scalzi+ | (Talk | contribs) 05:18, 9 January 2010 (UTC)

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CTBUH height criteria and the Skyscraper infobox

The CTBUH uses 3 height criteria to measure skyscrapers. From the CTBUH FAQ page:

If the Sears Tower places a big pole on top of the building and calls it art, does that make it the tallest building in the world again? It seems that anyone can put a huge spire on top of building and make it the tallest in the world.
This issue is a long standing argument and one of the reasons the Council recognizes tall building height in three categories:
1. Height to Architectural Top
2. Highest Occupied Floor
3. Height to Tip
However, it is "Height to Architectural Top" that is the most widely utilized and is used to define the rankings of the 100 Tallest Buildings in the World. For this, height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. The late Dr. Fazlur Khan, who was the original engineer of the Sears Tower and also a former Chairman of the CTBUH, was involved in writing these definitions. He always reported the Sears Tower to be 1,450 ft high. As far as the antenna supports, Dr. Khan never reported them. The CTBUH Height Committee meets regularly to keep on top of this debate and to discuss how increasingly common non-orthogonal and sculptural skyscrapers are impacting on how tall buildings should be measured and categorized.

The {{Infobox skyscraper}} has three parameters described as follows:

  • antenna_spire - the height from the main entrance to the top of the spire or antenna
  • roof - the height from the main entrance to the roof
  • top_floor - the height from the main entrance to the top floor

I assume the correspondance between these is as follow:

  • antenna_spire = "Height to Tip"
  • roof = "Height to Architectural Top"
  • top_floor = "Highest Occupied Floor"

...but is that actually the case and shouldn't the template documentation reflect this? Astronaut (talk) 01:21, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

List of tallest buildings in St. Louis at FLC

Wikipedia:Featured list candidates/List of tallest buildings in St. Louis/archive1. Please leave any comments, suggestions, etc.  fetchcomms 18:22, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

The discussion may be of interest to some regarding the reliability of, which is listed at Wikipedia:WikiProject Skyscrapers/Tallest building lists#Referencing, the (albeit outdated) guideline for these lists. Although SkyscraperPage and Emporis are the only main references used in these lists, I question their reliability myself a bit.  fetchcomms 23:41, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

A skyline gallery

I have made a skyline gallery. Please help it improve by nominating good pictures on its talk page. In future, if it develops nicely it could be very good source of finding picturesque images of cities rather than plunging on to every city's article and finding images or always using Wikimedia Commons. -- Extra999 (talk) 11:53, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) GA Review

I have reviewed 30 St Mary Axe if it qualifies as a Good Article and have found several issues, which I have detailed here. Since the article falls under the scope of this WikiProject, I thought you would be interested in contributing to help the article reach GA status. Elekhh (talk) 05:15, 15 March 2010 (UTC)

Yes, we are. --Extra999 (Contact me + contribs) 17:47, 22 March 2010 (UTC)

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Suspension structures

Although I realize it is not a skyscraper, you guys and gals may be of some assistance. I am working on Gerald Ratner Athletics Center and am unable to find an article or category for suspension structures.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 00:21, 3 May 2010 (UTC)

My first reaction on seeing the name "Gerald Ratner": it must be " crap" :-) Anyway, some more constructive advice... how about creating a new category Category:Suspension structures? It could be populated with the Athletics Center, Terminal 3 of King Abdulaziz International Airport and |I'm sure other examples can be found as well, and perhaps suspension bridges could be added as a sub-category. Unfortunately, I don't know how to go about creating a new category, but the help desk is the place to go ask that question. Astronaut (talk) 13:24, 3 May 2010 (UTC)
I know how to create cats. I thought maybe I should be looking for a technical name or something. Also, what cats would you make it a subcat of?--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 05:22, 4 May 2010 (UTC)
P.S. Different Ratner.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 05:24, 4 May 2010 (UTC)
I have created Category:Cable-stayed structures & Category:Suspension structures.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 02:48, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

Proposed or under construction?

Once a formal groundbreaking ceremony has been done, is a skyscraper then under construction, or should we wait before more is actually done (as reported in reliable sources, obviously)? Astronaut (talk) 14:08, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Infobox merger notice

See Template_talk:Infobox_skyscraper#Merge_.E2.86.92_Template:Infobox_building.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 04:17, 17 May 2010 (UTC)


FYI, 200 Greenwich Street has been requested to be renamed as Two World Trade Center. See Talk:200 Greenwich Street. (talk) 04:50, 22 May 2010 (UTC)

Record height succession in the skyscraper infobox

The {{Infobox skyscraper}} template contains the previous_building and surpassed_by_building parameters which are related to succession of record height (though they're not mentioned in the template's documentation). On the Burj Khalifa article, the previous_building parameter was set to CN Tower, but this recent edit changed it to Taipei 101. I can see what the editor intended with that edit, the succession boxes at the end of the article say the previous world's tallest building was Taipei 101, but the succession boxes also say the previous world's tallest freestanding structure is the CN Tower. Should the previous_building and surpassed_by_building parameters be used just for buildings or for structures, and if so which kinds of structures? Astronaut (talk) 09:18, 31 May 2010 (UTC)

Template:Chicago Skyscrapers

Someone should be keeping {{Chicago Skyscrapers}} current.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 13:48, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

Two questions

1) Can someone suggest the cutoff point for "List of tallest buildings in..." Raleigh, North Carolina (list) and Arlington County, Virginia (list)?
2) Every "List of tallest buildings" article I've seen deals with specific cities. Arlington County is "geographically the smallest self-governing county in the United States" and consists of several "urban villages" (ex: Rosslyn, Crystal City, etc.), but no incorporated towns. Should I start one list covering the entire county or several lists covering individual neighborhoods (example)? Gracias. APK whisper in my ear 02:35, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

I would question the need for a "List of tallest buildings..." for a small place like Arlington County - it only has two buildings over 100 m tall. While the case is a little more convincing for Raleigh, how many of the buildings in the proposed list are notable enough to have a Wikipedia article? Astronaut (talk) 16:30, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

list of tallest buildings in x

Since "List of tallest buildings in x" seems to be a favorite among this WikiProject, it would be nice if all the links here were turned blue. Any volunteers? Griffinofwales (talk) Come and join theSimple English Wikipedia 13:56, 7 September 2010 (UTC)

Photos of views from skyscrapers

Is it appropriate to have a gallery of views from skyscrapers? The question arises from the inclusion of a gallery on the world's tallest all residential building - Q1 (building)‎. - Shiftchange (talk) 11:02, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

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Monadnock Building at FAC

The skyscraper article Monadnock Building is now a Featured Article candidate. People on this project may be interested in the review. --Nasty Housecat (talk) 21:43, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

Selected skyscrpers

This article contains a list of selected' skyscrapers, via the use of Template:Chicago_Skyscrapers, there is no obvious selection criteria, and it looks like WP:OR and it fails WP:V. This is enough to derail an otherwise fine article in the FA candidacy process via WP:FA Criteria 1c. If anyone knows the selection criteria, could it be made a little more obvious for the reader. Fasach Nua (talk) 18:27, 21 November 2010 (UTC)

Accuracy; emporis and skyscraperpage aren't great

People should understand that sometimes building lists should not be there at all. I've changed some to not go down so far because once you get to around the 80 meter zone emporis drops off and goes by floors often. One case is the Jade Beach in Sunny Isles Beach. It has an almost twin tower that's nearly the same height but the height is not known on emporis; so there can't be a List of tallest buildings in Sunny Isles Beach. Daniel Christensen (talk) 04:11, 25 November 2010 (UTC) Jade Ocean is the name of it; not to mention they're all residential condos there anyway so they're less covered. It would be like making a list of tallest buildings in Myrtle Beach. It would be a bunch of 50 way ties between thousands of hotels. Daniel Christensen (talk) 04:15, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

this is the 1,846th tallest building in a broader area, two years ago

All the "xy tallest building in the US" things need to be deleted, except for on the tallest buildings; they are always out of date, often by 10 or more rankings, having not been changed since the article was made. It's like that on absolutely every list of tallest article; even on the big ones like List of tallest buildings in Chicago, for which, for now, I removed the featured template. For building pages: they should say "it is among the tallest buildings in [it's city]. When all of those "great" featured lists were made, the main editor obviously wanted to get the list featured and thought it would be good to list the rankings of each building in some other list sometimes nearly to 100. Daniel Christensen (talk) 18:51, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

I agree with Daniel's assessment. It strikes me as a maintenance nightmare to have "... is the x-th tallest building" or whatever in many articles. Such things get to be out of date and it is a real problem revisiting each and every instance to address a potential update. FWIW, it is even worse when an article about a proposed/under construction building says it will be the y-th tallest on completion. Such statements do not take into account other projects also under construction, delays, new project announcements, and so on. I usually remove such statements on sight or reword them as Daniels suggests. However, for buildings that have been the tallest in some category, it is usefule to say something like it "... was the tallest in the world until surpassed by ...". Astronaut (talk) 07:49, 26 November 2010 (UTC)
But what I said earlier about emporis and all the lists of tallest is true, too. With the Sunny Isles Beach thing, for exmple, we're talking about an over 150 meter (170-180) building that's not listed. This makes the List of tallest buildings in Florida inaccurate, too. Daniel Christensen (talk) 22:42, 28 November 2010 (UTC)