Can you blow down a skyscraper?

From Atomic Frontier.

I head to New York City with a leaf blower to find out what keeps buildings from swaying in the wind and to take a look at one building that didn’t quite get the calculation right.

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Hi, I’m James. I explore the world looking for interesting engineering stories which explore complex issues in interesting ways. I hold a First-Class Honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia and am currently studying a Masters of Space Systems Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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