Windy city

“The City of London is promising that high-rise buildings will be monitored to ensure they don’t make conditions unbearably windy in surrounding streets. But why do skyscrapers have this effect and what can be done to alleviate it?”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33426889

So much for the City which is certainly suffering its fair share of architectural wind – but who is monitoring future wind effects of Vauxhall’s emerging cluster of tall buildings? Will it be necessary to build extensive (and ugly) wind traps around the buildings to disperse dangerous gusts of wind as is proposed for Bridgewater Place in Leeds? And wind is apparently not the only hazard coming from the surge of glittering new skyscrapers …

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/aug/14/killer-towers-how-architects-are-battling-hazardous-high-rises

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/plan-to-beat-leeds-bridgewater-place-wind-trap-revealed-1-6378572

 

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