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marymarymary BS: Escaping from a tall building (72* d) RE: BS: Escaping from a tall building 16 Sep 01

I've got no engineering or architectural expertise whatsoever, but that won't stop me from throwing in my own pet harebrained building scheme!

How about requiring skyscrapers to be built in two adjacent but structurally independant halves, like a pair of skyscrapers back-to-back, with some sort of firewall seperating them? Then, if there were a fire, people in the affected half could drastically increase their chances of surviving by going to the other side of the building, closing the dividing wall hatches, and making their way down to the street. It would give you increased escape time -- if you were on the 100th floor, say, you could greatly decrease your chances of dying from smoke inhalation while you made your way out. And, having the two halves be independantly self-supporting would allow one part to remain standing in case the other became so structurally compromised by the fire (or whatever) than it began to come down....

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