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Wow..is it THAT tall!!!

Perre Anatine
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07-29-2008 20:02
Anyone know what and where the World’s tallest building is..?

Here’s a few possible contenders..

The Jin Mao Building in Shanghai..401 m tall, the Empire State building in New York..381m tall, the Shanghai World Financial Centre..492m tall, or possibly the Taipei 101 standing an impressive 509m tall. Hey they all pale in comparison to the Laurentian Tower standing an astounding 1500m tall. (actually it's 15001)

Yes I and a friend have spent the last week (and almost an entire Island prim budget, otherwise it would be taller) grafting away erecting SL’s and the Worlds tallest building. Complete with a spiral staircase (I haven’t counted them but I believe it’s 4800 steps to the top) and observation balconies every 100m. At the top there’s a large observation platform from which the impressive view (mostly clouds) can be taken in. Free parachutes are available for those who prefer not to walk back down. The observation platform originally rotated but there wasn’t a lot of point as avatars didn’t seem to rotate with it. And there's a couple of blimps..but I havn't figured out how to work them yet..so basically at the mo' they're eye candy.


So if you like a challenge..or want to be able to say you’ve stood aloft the Worlds tallest building..or just plain bored and want to throw yourself of the top (with or without the parachute depending on your current state of boredom) do drop in on Laurentia Island. I should say you might want to allow 30 minutes for the climb, it really is quite a long way to the top and a good sturdy pair of walking boots might be advised.


Unfortunately due to the Island prim budget being severely depleted this building’s only going to be there for the next couple of weeks..then I start on my next project..the World’s tallest ‘Physical’ building.

Enjoy..Perre..:)

PS..if anyone knows of a taller building in SL..believe me I really don’t want to know!!
Crunch Underwood
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07-29-2008 20:20
if your gonna turn it physical and un-link it i wanna be there!
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Perre Anatine
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07-29-2008 20:23
Yesss...I was thinking of demolishing this one in spectacular fashion...get back to y'all on that one
Chosen Few
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07-29-2008 20:32
When you demolish it, be sure and film it. :)
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Rinji Kawabata
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07-29-2008 20:40
It may crash the sim. I once collapsed a really tall tower and it was a bit too much math for the hardware.

:o

I will come check out your tower. Sounds very cool.
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Milla Alexandre
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07-30-2008 04:18
Kool.....I wanna go see......you should have a big rasing party when ya bring it down! ;)
Drifter Dreamscape
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07-30-2008 04:24
Doesn't show in Search at all. Tried Places and All - no Laurentia Island.
:(
Zaphod Kotobide
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07-30-2008 05:01
Laurentia

Not Laurentia Island

From: Drifter Dreamscape
Doesn't show in Search at all. Tried Places and All - no Laurentia Island.
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Ollj Oh
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07-30-2008 05:28
your new limit is 4000 meters.
new huge prims make such projects much simpler.
hollow prim, 128m high, needs 33 of them for a hull.
I have had fun with a spiral staircase prim that is 128m high, sitting in a large ball and roll down a few of them.
foehn Breed
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07-30-2008 06:22
I was there! Where were you ppls!?
It's a great build, hope you don't take it down too too soon, want to show some friends!
http://www.sluniverse.com/pics/pic.aspx?id=296667
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Infrared Wind
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07-30-2008 07:04
Well I like these sort of things, so I went to Laurentia and
quickly discovered it was a no-fly zone. So I ran up the spiral
staircase to the top. That took about 20 minutes. I wondered
why it was counter-clockwise going up. lol.

At the top I saw there were free parachutes available. Nice.
But I wanted to just fall. So I backed up to the edge and
stepped off with the camera rolling.

Here's the video, only the fall, not the walk up...it's a quickie. =)

http://blip.tv/file/1132754




- Infrared
Tex Nasworthy
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07-30-2008 07:36
Nice landing Mr. Wind. I give it a 9.5.

Also, I'd pay admission to see that thing turn physical and fall. :)
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Lindal Kidd
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07-30-2008 07:45
Kudos on your feat!

Got me thinking, though...it's easy to put a skybox up at the same altitude as your tower's balcony...or even higher...without ANY "supporting structure".

We praise tall buildings in RL because they are difficult...to engineer, to finance, and to build.

Why do we praise tall buildings in SL? None of that applies. We DO praise them, though...I just praised this one at the start of my post, and I meant it. But WHY? Is it just a holdover attitude from RL?
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Perre Anatine
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07-30-2008 08:22
Nice descent Infrared, I was particularly impressed with the landing, I usually end up sprawled on the ground.

Perre..:D
Tex Nasworthy
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07-30-2008 08:38
Very good observation Lindal. I will have to say that climbing all those steps is something of an accomplishment.
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Perre Anatine
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07-30-2008 08:46
From: Lindal Kidd
Kudos on your feat!

Got me thinking, though...it's easy to put a skybox up at the same altitude as your tower's balcony...or even higher...without ANY "supporting structure".

We praise tall buildings in RL because they are difficult...to engineer, to finance, and to build.

Why do we praise tall buildings in SL? None of that applies. We DO praise them, though...I just praised this one at the start of my post, and I meant it. But WHY? Is it just a holdover attitude from RL?



True I could have built the observation platform as a sky platform and sent it up to 1500m (or considerably higher) unsupported. However what I had in mind here was to create a building that stretched from the ground to the maximum height I could achieve (or at least as high as the prim budget allowed), and the platform was simply a logical termination to the tower at the top. When I started I assumed it would be a relatively easy project to achieve, simply create one section of column and copy on top, similarly the walls and units of stairs. When I got to 1500m though, I discovered the inner column was out of alignment with the walls by 2m, despite being perfectly aligned and perfectly central at the base. I had to walk back down maticulously adjusting every section of central column..that took a while. It does appear that there are minute imperfections present in the build process which add up to large imperfections on a build of this scale.

Why do we find tall buildings in SL impressive..dunno, as you say they are relatively easy to achieve. I just built this one because with the increase in maximum build height..it seemed the obvious thing to do (sort of like why do we climb mountain..because they're there, way of thinking).

My plans for an extreme 'physical' building will I suspect prove more of a challenge, particularly in light of such imperfections.

Perre..:)
spinster Voom
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07-30-2008 09:20
I'm at the top, having a ciggie!

What would be really good up here is a couple of 1 prim seats so we can rest our poor legs. Also, what about a certificate? I've got one for climbing the Monument in London.
Nissa Rayna
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07-30-2008 09:53
I'm only at 100 Meters now and thank goodness this is not RL, as i would be frantically looking for the darn refreshments!! I'm not the best at walking in SL as it is and these stairs make it nearly impossible but I am determined to make it to the top!! Awesome Build!
Perre Anatine
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07-30-2008 10:02
From: Drifter Dreamscape
Doesn't show in Search at all. Tried Places and All - no Laurentia Island.
:(


Sorry Drifter..just try Laurentia

Perre..:)
Perre Anatine
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07-30-2008 10:12
I've discovered something mildly disturbing about all this. There I was standing on the lower blimp platform 'tweaking' my blimp tour (which I'm still working on), when this avi goes hurtling by just a few metres away. By the time I got to the edge and looked over they'd vanished into the clouds below.

So I thought I'd paint the edge of the upper platform directly above the blimp platforms - red. So when you jump don't do it from there, otherwise it might be a shorter trip than you think.

Glad to see everyones enjoying it..

Perre..:D
Perre Anatine
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07-30-2008 10:28
From: spinster Voom
I'm at the top, having a ciggie!

What would be really good up here is a couple of 1 prim seats so we can rest our poor legs. Also, what about a certificate? I've got one for climbing the Monument in London.


I've rustled up a few deck chairs..hmm the certificate may be a little more tricky..how do certificate dispensers work I wonder ?

Perre..:D
Nissa Rayna
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07-30-2008 10:28
Just reached the top, what an awesome build!! Truley remarkable!!

Question though, what exactly does 'physical' mean in terms of building?
Lindal Kidd
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07-30-2008 10:56
From: Nissa Rayna
Just reached the top, what an awesome build!! Truley remarkable!!

Question though, what exactly does 'physical' mean in terms of building?


Objects can be of three types...phantom, "normal", and physical.

Phantom objects appear to be there, but you can walk through them. Most trees are of this sort, which is why you can fly through the treetops with ease.

Regular objects are solid. You can stand or sit on them, and you can't walk through the walls. However, they do not otherwise obey the laws of physics. This is how skyboxes stay up.

Physical objects DO obey the laws of physics. Rez a sphere, and check "physical" in the edit window. The ball will drop to the ground. If the ground isn't level, it will roll downhill. Put your mouse on a physical object (that you have the proper permissions for). The mouse cursor becomes a hand icon. You can drag or toss the object.

Right now, that tower is made up of "normal" objects. If Pierre unlinks the prims and turns them physical, gravity will take over. It should be spectacular...an SL version of the World Trade Center.
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Perre Anatine
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07-30-2008 11:53
From: Nissa Rayna
Just reached the top, what an awesome build!! Truley remarkable!!

Question though, what exactly does 'physical' mean in terms of building?


Lindal pretty much answered that one perfectly..

Also a physical built is a lot more difficult to achieve. Each block is supported by the block below and itself supports the block above. And every block is subject to the force of gravity. Get any block misaligned - even by the tiniest ammount - and the entire building is in danger of collapse. The higher the building goes the more difficult it gets. Each block has to be placed very carefully on top of the block below, you can't simply copy one onto the other (for the reason below).

If you examine two 'physical' blocks stacked one on top of the other you'll find they don't actually touch, there's a slight gap between the two - physical objects don't like touching one another. Which is why when you take an object made from linked 'touching' components, unlink them and check 'physical', all the individual prims push apart and you get this explosion of prims. So demolishing the building this way will as Lindal says be spectacular .

Generally physical objects are not used in buildings..but when they are..the results are pretty entertaining.

Perre..:D
Tex Nasworthy
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07-30-2008 12:12
From: spinster Voom
Also, what about a certificate?


Hey Spinster,

I was think the same thing, maybe a T-shirt that says "I climbed the Laurentia Tower".

I think you were climbing up as I was parachuting down. I pulled my chute as soon as I dropped off the upper platform. It took 10 minutes to reach ground level.

Thanks, Perre, nice job.
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