In Shanghai, the building you can walk up to is now a 21st-century urban wonder

Despite a few holdouts who refuse to abandon the single-minded delusion that the world does not have great human infrastructure and continues to plan and plan with glaring indifference to its inability to sustain…

In Shanghai, the building you can walk up to is now a 21st-century urban wonder

Despite a few holdouts who refuse to abandon the single-minded delusion that the world does not have great human infrastructure and continues to plan and plan with glaring indifference to its inability to sustain the optimal way of getting through the day, the underlying march of technology is getting stronger and less reluctant to dismantle itself.

On the day of this weekend’s opening of “Walk for China,” a 65-story tower in Shanghai, social-media commenters speculated with glee that the town’s youth might one day be playing pick-up basketball against the glass-covered structure. I guess that could work. But first, the building has to actually make it to where it needs to go. For the uninitiated, the walk-up tower (a glass monolith, mind you, not the type you’d ever imagine in the heart of any modern city) is designed so the doors open a full 180 degrees before descending into a meaty lobby that apparently links with a relatively small-scale underground parking structure on the second floor. The doors and elevator open so that you can “walk” — your leg-stretching leg — up through the high-tech structure to get to your preferred office. (The building still employs the use of elevators.)

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