How are really tall buildings able to withstand high winds?

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I live in Chicago and get super anxious when it’s Windy out ( I know that its called windy for another reason but it was also WINDY recently). How is it that these tall buildings don’t fall over, how safe should I feel? The swaying also bugs me out when I’m inside them.

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They’re built to be flexible, like skyscrapers everywhere.

Some very tall buildings, such as Taipei 101 in Taiwan, have tuned mass dampers that reduce the swaying. These mass dampers are meant primarily for managing earthquakes, but they also help deal with strong winds.

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