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Built to defy severe quakes, the New Wilshire Grand is seismically chic

Los Angeles Times | Thomas Curwen


On engineer Leonard Joseph's computer screen, the New Wilshire Grand was an apparition of white lines floating calmly in black space.

Then Joseph clicked his mouse, and the 73-story tower began to move, slowly at first, then more violently as a simulated earthquake, magnitude 7.8, shook its foundation.

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