High Rise Structures – The Future

Standing at a whopping 830 meters above sea level - the Burj Khalifa is the world tallest man-made structure. With the lack of horizontal place and the emerging crisis, it is no wonder that civil engineers and architects alike have looked up to the sky for answers. In the last decade the number of skyscrapers in India, especially in cities such as Mumbai and Delhi are increasing. In our small Kerala, districts such as Trivandrum, Kochi, Kozhikode and Thrissur have started following the same trend. Most of the house for sale in Trivandrum would refer to rather small houses that have been seen by the forethinking owners as obsolete. ‘High rise’ structures are so called because their reach exceeds those of firefighters, although this is no reason to be alarmed. Technological advances are incorporated in such buildings so as to resist factors such as earthquake and strong winds. The new advancements will surely have a positive impact on the expansion of the city. Sectors such as housing, education, healthcare etc. will benefit greatly with the progress. The allegation that has come up is that we are forgetting our roots and traditional styles and how these urban citizens cannot avail such benefits. Technology and Science will always continue to grow. Even after conquering the stars we will still aim to conquer the reality of space & time. Shying away or condemning these acts will never be beneficial. Progressing hand in hand with the advancements should always be our priority. The only ones to not reap these benefits would be the naysayers. In large cities where properties are generally expensive, it is only ideal that the buildings grow upwards and the so-called ‘smaller cities’ will soon start developing and this is how we pave the foundation for the future.