Thursday, August 17, 2017

Yekaterinburg seeks ideas to develop world's tallest abandoned structure

The Russian city of Yekaterinburg recently began soliciting ideas from global developers on how to transform a 720-foot, half-finished TV tower--the world's tallest abandoned structure--into something useful.

Soviet engineers began working on the structure in 1981 but only reached half of its intended height before the USSR collapsed, ending work on the project. As a result of engineering mistakes, the tower now has a slight lean, though it is not at risk of falling, Newser reports.

The tower has been sealed shut because of the number of suicides and not-always-successful base-jumpers it has attracted.