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How Rain Protects This Skyscraper From Earthquakes

Adele Peters

It makes sense that collecting rainwater can help save energy (and, well, water) in places like Taiwan, where it's often dry. But apparently storing rainwater can also help with something else: protecting buildings from earthquakes. This design for a skyscraper collects rain during monsoons, and then uses the stored water as a counterweight to keep the building stable when an earthquake hits.

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  • Yasha Wallin

    This is such a good idea. I couldn't tell if this is a project in progress or just a concept? It would be amazing to see it realized.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Holy smokes. This is amazing. Would filtering that stored water also create drinking water?