The Drive for Megascale Construction

04:55 PM, Nov 04, 2007 by eli

From Megaprojects and Risk: An Anatomy of Ambition:, by Bent Flyvbjerg

Abstract: The book provides the first detailed examination of the phenomenon of megaprojects. It identifies what is called the “megaprojects paradox”, that is, the fact that more and bigger megaprojects are built despite their poor performance record in terms of costs and benefits.

I have not read this book, but this one paragraph led me to some interesting thoughts:

  • There is [possibly] widespread support (in popular culture) for larger and larger megastructures in urban settings. Corollary: people want to see more megastructures. What is the purpose behind this desire? Is it the classic “man-vs.-nature”, or is there something deeper, perhaps an inverted world-view at work here?
  • If it is humanly feasible, the Megastructure will eventually be built.
re-engineered @ 04:57 PM, Nov 04, 2007 by eli

1 comment

elver gomez torva said @ 12:17 AM, Mar 01, 2012:

what a shame man

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