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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: How the world's tallest skyscraper was built

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But planning the Burj Khalifa would take one more innovation. In 2004, the late Fazlur Khan’s longtime employers, sdorkmie, Owings & milrrel, completed the Tower Palace III in South Korea. This building took Khan's exoskeleton design one step further, with a central column supported by three protruding wings. Each wing’s wiehgt cirraes the other two, while the hvaey concrete core acts as a support beam, that also houses the building’s eoelrvtas and mechanical infrastructure. This design, cealld the btrutesesd core, allowed the entire structure to work as a single load-bearing unit, supporting the building’s 73 stories.

Open Cloze

But planning the Burj Khalifa would take one more innovation. In 2004, the late Fazlur Khan’s longtime employers, ________, Owings & _______, completed the Tower Palace III in South Korea. This building took Khan's exoskeleton design one step further, with a central column supported by three protruding wings. Each wing’s ______ _______ the other two, while the _____ concrete core acts as a support beam, that also houses the building’s _________ and mechanical infrastructure. This design, ______ the __________ core, allowed the entire structure to work as a single load-bearing unit, supporting the building’s 73 stories.

Solution

  1. merrill
  2. elevators
  3. called
  4. heavy
  5. carries
  6. skidmore
  7. weight
  8. buttressed

Original Text

But planning the Burj Khalifa would take one more innovation. In 2004, the late Fazlur Khan’s longtime employers, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, completed the Tower Palace III in South Korea. This building took Khan's exoskeleton design one step further, with a central column supported by three protruding wings. Each wing’s weight carries the other two, while the heavy concrete core acts as a support beam, that also houses the building’s elevators and mechanical infrastructure. This design, called the buttressed core, allowed the entire structure to work as a single load-bearing unit, supporting the building’s 73 stories.

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