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Have Ever Seen A Walking School? A Multi-story School Building Walks To New Location

The attached sensors help control how the building moves forward. It’s like giving the building crutches so it can stand up and then walk. A timelapse shot shows the school inching laboriously along, one small step at a time.

You might have stumbled upon an unusual sight in the above timelapse video shot. Yes, you noted rightly. It is a multi-story building and it’s walking to a new location. An 85-year-old primary school has been lifted off the ground, and relocated using new technology dubbed the “walking machine.”

In Shanghai’s latest effort to preserve historic structures, engineers attached nearly 200 mobile supports under the five-story building. The supports act like robotic legs. They’re split into two groups which alternately rise up and down, imitating the human stride.

The attached sensors help control how the building moves forward. It’s like giving the building crutches so it can stand up and then walk. A timelapse shot by the company shows the school inching laboriously along, one small step at a time.

The Lagena Primary School was reportedly constructed in 1935 by the municipal board of Shanghai’s former French Concession. It was moved in order to make space for a new commercial and office complex, which will be completed by 2023. The project marks the first time this “walking machine” method has been used in Shanghai to relocate a historical building, the government statement said.

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