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Walkie Scorchie: London´s
car-frying skyscraper

Telegraph [UK], by Ju Zhang

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Posted By:earlybird, 9/4/2013 6:18:20 AM

The developers behind a skyscraper blamed for starting fires and causing damage by reflecting the sun´s rays have said they will erect a temporary scaffold screen in an attempt to stop the "phenomenon". The half-finished 37-storey tower at 20 Fenchurch Street in central London, dubbed the "Walkie Talkie" due to its distinctive shape, is now being called the "Walkie Scorchie" because of its apparent ability to bounce heat from the sun onto buildings in the next street. Angry business owners in Eastcheap say the £200 million project has blistered paintwork, caused tiles to smash and singed fabric. A motorist has

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A Jaguar-owner says the heat melted parts of his car.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/4/2013 6:24:45 AM     (No. 9504805)

The video that accompanies the article shows a reporter frying an egg in a pan on the sidewalk. A bit odd. Have never seen an egg with angled sides. Oh, well. The snips of the building are interesting ...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: pickle1, 9/4/2013 7:05:52 AM     (No. 9504843)

Is London meant to have really modern buildings?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: sliver of truth, 9/4/2013 7:09:45 AM     (No. 9504852)

My husband installed a new "energy efficient" replacement window in a south-facing wall of our bedroom last year. This summer we discovered a piece of vinyl siding adjacent to the window looked like it had been melted in a zig zag pattern. We couldn´t figure out the cause was until one day when walking around the house, we discovered that when the sun hits the window just right, the resulting reflection is so intense and hot it melts the vinyl siding.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: provide, 9/4/2013 7:22:02 AM     (No. 9504883)

Maybe the Greenies will insist on a water heater collector on the site.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bogeegolf, 9/4/2013 8:36:16 AM     (No. 9504997)

Well, there´s your man made global warming.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Clinger, 9/4/2013 8:43:03 AM     (No. 9505013)

Well aim that sucker at a bucket of water, spin a turbine generate electricity and drive a water pump to put the fires out.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Brittany, 9/4/2013 9:24:41 AM     (No. 9505097)

Had similar insulated and reflective windows which also blocked sight into non-lit rooms. Nice, but I lost patches of grass where the reflected heat landed. Not enough to melt asphalt driveway, tho.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 9/4/2013 9:53:15 AM     (No. 9505147)

Fighting against the building of such monstrosities such as this has been the pet project of Prince Charles for about 20 years now.

It made me wonder though after reading if the occupants of the other nearby buildings can bill the builder for their increased energy usage and other damages. Somebody did not think this project through very well.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Ken M., 9/4/2013 10:17:01 AM     (No. 9505211)

Las Vegas pioneered this phenomena three years ago. It´s called the "Vdara Death Ray".

http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/29/vdara-hotel-death-ray-claiming-victims-in-the-las-vegas-strip/

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Reply 10 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/4/2013 11:22:20 AM     (No. 9505407)

And in another article posted this morning we read that firefighters cannot fight fires on the roofs of buildings with solar panels. Too dangerous.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: earlybird, 9/4/2013 11:24:55 AM     (No. 9505413)

Link for #10.

http://lucianne.com/thread/?artnum=750643

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Reply 12 - Posted by: cheeflo, 9/4/2013 2:27:37 PM     (No. 9505661)

This happened with the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Hollywood. Highly-polished, stainless-steel, concave surfaces were sanded to dull them because they were causing heat problems for adjacent buildings, hot spots on sidewalks, and blinding reflected sunlight for traffic. Frank Gehry was the architect. Isn´t he the guy who designed that lame Eisenhower memorial?

This architect designed another fryscraper in Las Vegas awhile back. And that´s out in the desert. Apparently it was even burning people´s skin.

Do they even learn from their mistakes? Some do, some don´t.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: tipover, 9/4/2013 3:57:23 PM     (No. 9505743)

Fox News mentioned that the same Architect that designed the LasVegas building also designed this London PoS. Anyone surprised?

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