Scoop on poop at Burj


View of miasma at base of Burj Khalifa and other skyscrapers in Dubai. (

Not sure I want to touch this with a ten-foot pole, but inquiring minds want to know, I’m quite certain, despite my cautionary note, what the process of defecation entails at the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai. It’s a long way down. Inhabitat, the online magazine about human habitation, has published an article that fills in the blanks of your curiosity, which will only grow when you learn that Dubai does not have a fully operational sewer system. So how does that work out? Well, read “The Incredible Story of How the Burj Khalifa’s Poop Is Trucked Out of Town,” by Bridgette Meinhold. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. (I was going to use Photoshop to tint the fog in the photo above. I did not have the internal fortitude to do it, and it did not need to be done.)

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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