Shanghai Tower


800px-Shanghai_Tower_foundation,_early_2010 Shanghai_Tower_June_2009

Shanghai_Tower_construction_Jan_2011  Shanghai-Tower-top

Basic information about Shanghai Tower

  • The building stands approximately 632 metres (2,073 ft) high and has 128 stories, with a total floor area of 380,000 m2 (4,090,000 sq ft).
  • totalling 121 floors
  • has a glass façade
  • In 2013, a Gensler spokesman described the tower as “the greenest super high-rise building on earth at this point in time
  • The design of the tower’s glass facade, which completes a 120° twist as it rises, is intended to reduce wind loads on the building by 24%
  • the building’s heating and cooling systems use geothermal energy sources


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Matt’s Update:

For my contribution to engineering knowledge club last year I decided to create a blog about architectural styles. I have chosen to continue my topic this year to expand my general knowledge on the area. I have set myself clearer goals this year on what I want to achieve;
Firstly I have decided that I will continue photographing buildings and trying to classify them based on style, I will focus less on trying to research each building because as the saying goes “a picture paints a thousand words”
Secondly I have decided my end output will be a timeline showing the buildings I have photographed in date order of when they were constructed.
Finally I have decided that I will try to focus on some different key elements that make a building fall into one style or another, I may, depending on time, try to make a library of these elements.
Hopefully having these clearer goals will mean I find them easier to achieve and motivate me to reach them! and I have downloaded the wordpress app so I can’t use the excuse of: “I don’t have my computer so can’t make a post!”
Here’s the link to my blog :

New Project at new Season of Engineering Knowledge Club (UCL)!


Based on my last year research project in Engineering Knowledge Club, which was about tunnelling and rail ways, I found myself interested in foundation of skyscraper and their impact on underground structures! I anticipate that I will complete this project in the new season of the club
For this proposes I would like to expand my research on 10 different tall buildings as listed below:
1. The Shard
2. The Gherkin
3. Burje Al- Khalife
4. Cheese Greater
5. Shanghai Tower
6. One World Trade Centre
7. Milad Tower
8. PETRONAS Towers
9. Wind Turbines
10. Taipei 101
I would briefly estimate the weight of each building and then types of their foundations. I believe this will help me to understand that how they function.

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Happy Birthday Knowledge Club

Happy Birthday Knowlege Club

This month Engineering Knowledge Club is one year old. Last year, UCL and Think Up launched EKC with the aim of inspiring undergraduate engineers to develop their own engineering general knowledge. In the Autumn of 2013 a group of undergraduate engineers got together to identify engineering topics that they would like to know more about, and what they could do to build their knowledge about these topics. The deal was this: if the students could come up with their own set of activities to meet their learning aims, the UCL and Think Up team would do what it could to support that learning.

During the year, two students took up the challenge. Matthew decided that he wanted to learn more about architectural design styles and Friba Housseini chose to develop her understanding of tunnelling methods on Crossrail. Members of Engineering Knowledge Club are asked to write on this blog about what they are learning (click through previous entries on this blog to see what Matthew and Friba have written). The year of activity culminated in a Crossrail site visit organised by Think Up in support of Friba’s chosen topic.

While the take up in the first year has been small, it was sufficient to demonstrate how the concept could work, and gave us a clear idea of how the activities of the club needed to be organised in order to keep students motivated. The positive learning experiences of these two individuals have been sufficient for us to decide to run Engineering Knowledge Club for another year at UCL. In recognition of Friba’s active engagement with the initiative, the Think Up team have appointed Friba President of Engineering Knowledge Club at UCL for the academic year 2014-2015.

Very shortly, the date of the first Engineering Knowledge Club of this academic year will be posted to this blog, so watch this space. If you are interested in getting involved then please post a comment on this blog entry.