2. The Lotus Riverside

Location: Shanghai, China

Year of Fail: 2009

In 2009 one of the eleven 13-story buildings in this residential apartment complex, fell over, landing almost completely intact and just missing a neighboring building. When creating a parking structure beneath the building, workers had placed removed earth into a nearby landfill. The weight of the added dirt caused the banks of a bordering river to collapse and the resulting water infiltrated the building’s base, turning the foundation to mud and causing the building to topple onto its side.

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