Kan Shi-ying at the UFM’s Friedrich A. Hayek Auditorium

Kan Shi-ying, engineer responsible for the design and construction of the Taipei 101 building, visited the Francisco Marroquín University to give a lecture, reunite with the Architecture Faculty and to participate in a Socratic dialogue from Tuesday 20th to Wednesday 21st 2006.

While welcoming him, the UFM’s President, Giancarlo Ibárgüen S. said that “this is a very special occasion for the Francisco Marroquín University.  We feel very proud to have among us distinguished personalities, for designing and building, responding to many challenges, the worlds tallest building”.  Ibárgüen, in name of the UFM’s Directors Council, thanked the Republic of China Embassy and the Overseas Engineering & Construction Co.  for the opportunity of having Kan Shi-ying sharing with us his dream come true, body and soul of Taipei 101.

On that matter, the UFM’s President cited, from The Fountainhead  by Ayn Rand: “Nothing can be reasonable or beautiful, unless it follows a central idea, and that idea defines all the details.  A building is alive, like a human being.  Its integrity consists on following its own truth, its only theme, and to serve its own and only purpose.  A man doesnt borrow bricks for his body.  A building does not borrow pieces for its soul.  Its builder gives it its soul and, in every wall, every window, every stair to express it”.

The presentation of the visitor was done by Roberto Quevedo, Dean of the UFM’s Architecture School.

With a structural height of 509 meters and 101 floors,
the Taipei 101, is located in the capital of the Republic of China, Taiwan, and is taller than the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur.  The building is the tallest structure, and it has the worlds highest observation desk.  It was the first to break the half kilometer height mark.

Its design specifications are based in the number 8, which is of good luck in the Chinese culture.  It remembers a pagoda and, in certain aspects, a bamboo plant.

It is stabilized, against winds and earthquake, by an 800 ton ball that can be seen from the bar and the restaurant.

Its elevators are the fastest in the world; the go up at 60.48 kilometers per hour, and go down at 36.6 kilometers per hour.

During his stay at the UFM, Kan gathered with students and professors.  He gave a public conference last June 20th 2006 on Structural design and construction of the tallest building in the world.

He also had a Socratic dialogue on June 21st on The Twin Towers collapse, implications in structural safety of Taipei 101.  The dialogue was moderated by Doctor Héctor Monzón, expert in seismic resistance.

Engineer Kan is Vice-president of Evergreen Consulting Engineering Inc.  He is a Civil Engineer from the Cheng Kung University and has a master degree from that house of studies.

During the second day of visit at the UFM, Kan visited the Academic Building and its Socratic wing; the new building of the Business School, thats under construction; the Ludwig von Mises Library and its special collection room; and the Popol Vuh Museum.

More photos,
here.