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High speed high rise: the earthquake-proof

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Zhang Yue, founder and chairman of Broad Sustainable Building, is not a particularly humble man. A humble man would not have erected, on his firm's corporate campus in the Chinese province of Hunan, a classical palace and a 40-metre replica of an Egyptian pyramid. A humble man, for that matter, would not have redirected Broad from its core business -- manufacturing industrial air-conditioning units -- to invent a new method of building skyscrapers. And a humble man certainly wouldn't be putting up those skyscrapers at a pace never before achieved in history.

In late 2011, Broad built a 30-storey building in 15 days; now it intends to use similar methods to erect the world's tallest building in just seven months. Perhaps you're already familiar with Zhang's handiwork: on New Year's Day 2012, Broad released

that quickly went viral: construction workers buzzing around like flies while a clock in the corner of the screen marks the time. In just 360 hours, a 100-metre tower called the T30 rises from an empty site to overlook Hunan's Xiang River. At the end of the video, the camera spirals around the building as the Broad logo appears on the screen: a lower-case b curled up like an @ symbol.

In person, Zhang himself seems to move at an impossible time-lapse clip. He's almost always surrounded by Broad employees, all wearing identical white shirts (the uniform for the corporate office) and all offering papers for him to review or sign. When Wired arrives, he's issuing a steady barrage of instructions while spinning himself around in his office chair. When he's finally ready to start the interview, he abruptly stops spinning and, without looking up, barks out, "Begin!"

http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2013/02/features/high-speed-high-rise

Quite an achievement and quite an interesting man.

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