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10 years pasted from that terrible date 9/11. Many people still can’t live after that day. Awful terrorist attack ruined lives of many people and even today keeps in fear other citizens. This even couldn’t pass unnoticed so it found its reflection in movies, books and news.
If we follow the line of consequences we can notice: first there was denial. Movies didn’t show twin towers and they even were digitally removed from films. News channels didn’t show the most troubling images.
Then came anger. A lot of frighten details appeared as well as heroic stories.
For every person 9/11 performed different meaning. It found reflection in films, music, books and so on. Today we can measure time like before and after this even (the same situation as with fall of Berlin Wall and Hiroshima bombing).
“As Slate's Dana Stevens noted in her review of last summer's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," it's even become a special effect. Chicago skyscrapers are destroyed in a way that evokes the collapse of the twin towers, complete with pieces of paper flying out the windows like dust.”
Read more here: http://edition.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/09/02/911.pop.culture/index.html?hpt=hp_mid10 years pasted from that terrible date 9/11. Many people still can’t live after... more
Read about the emerging new face of Miami. Learn up-to-date plans in the real estate industry in Downtown Miami. Where is the money to fund these real estate projects coming from? What does this mean to the downtown Miami area? How about for the rest of Miami? How will this affect business in downtown Miami? Find answers to all those questions now.Read about the emerging new face of Miami. Learn up-to-date plans in the real estate... more
A first look inside Burj Dubai, the tallest skyscraper in the world, as it nears completion - Telegr
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/6662675/A-first-look-inside-Burj-Dubai-the-tallest-skyscraper-in-the-world-as-it-nears-completion.htmlTOWERING; A first look inside Burj Dubai, the tallest skyscraper in the world, as it... more
A new high-rise building in Boston USA may be the future home of a bunch of green slime. Plans to turn the building into a vertical urban farm are moving ahead with the intended crop to be biofuel algae. Potatoes would be cooler, but hey, whatever works.
The project is going to be called Eco-Pod and confirms that we finally live in the future, where a bunch of detachable pods grow algae and act as incubators for scientists to study the production of biofuel. They also plan to include parks and gardens, because people like wandering through slime fields, especially if they're modular.
Slightly crazier than the concept itself is some of the infrastructure. Since the pods will be able to move and be reshaped, the whole structure will come complete with a robot arm, powered by the biofuel, that can rearrange the pods as necessary. We can all agree a giant, robot arm that moves around slime pods is just what Boston tourism needs.A new high-rise building in Boston USA may be the future home of a bunch of green... more
Anna Kane, 5, of Alton, Ill. looks down from 'The Ledge,' the new glass balconies suspended 1,353 feet (412 meters) in the air and jut out 4 feet (1.22 meters) from the Sears Tower's 103rd floor Skydeck Wednesday, July 1, 2009 in Chicago. The Ledge will open to public on Thursday.Anna Kane, 5, of Alton, Ill. looks down from 'The Ledge,' the new glass... more
As the world’s population continues to grow and cities become even more congested and resources dissipate, it might be time to start looking at remedies for the future. Eric Vergne’s Dystopian Farm project envisions a New York City comprised of skyscraper farms that harness the latest technology to create a self-sustaining food source for the entire city.As the world’s population continues to grow and cities become even more... more
"Chicago’s cultural power has been fuelled not by the genius of its own artists but by the wealth of local industrial magnates eager to garland their city. Tom Pritzker is typical of them: the chairman of the Hyatt Hotel chain and the Marmon Group conglomerate and much else, he’s a lifelong Chicagoan. He heads the institute’s board and he funded Gehry’s pavilion. He’s also aware of the prestige that Chicago once had as a beacon for modern architecture. It was here that steel-frame construction was first perfected in the 1880s, making way for the first skyscrapers, and great names have put down influential buildings in the area, from Louis Sullivan to Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe.
A “second Chicago school” emerged in the 1960s when Fazlur Kahn introduced a new method of steel construction and gave birth to a new generation of tall buildings, including the Sears Tower, which, when it was topped out in 1973, was the tallest in the world. Sears remains America's top spot, and those with an iron stomach for heights may be pleased that the building is opening glass enclosed viewing platforms in June. They will extend 4.3 foot beyond the building on inch and a half glass so you can get the window-washers' view down from the 103rd storey.
But Chicago’s light has dimmed as a capital of architecture. Santiago Calatrava hopes to build a 150-storey twisting “spire”, which will supplant the Sears as North America’s tallest, but the proposed site remains a heap of rubble, and the recession may dampen his ambitions. Hence the city has put great hopes in Piano’s Modern Wing. It is serene, efficient, and yet it disappoints. It offers up no singular image: there is no bold gesture, no Tate Modern Turbine Hall that one might learn to love. In fact, the designs that Gehry and Piano have supplied for Chicago point to the twin dangers of “star-chitecture”: bombastic, signature gestures on the one hand, predictable products on the other.
It is telling that the most exciting building currently nearing completion on the Chicago skyline is the first skyscraper by Jeanne Gang, and the largest project yet awarded to an American firm headed by a woman. Called Acqua, it’s a skyscraper-as-waterfall, with curving balconies undulating in and out to evoke rocky outcrops, and areas of reflective glass to suggest cascading torrents. Sometimes, genuine innovation needs new blood.""Chicago’s cultural power has been fuelled not by the genius of its own... more
It is important to remember to be charitable, but it is more important to remember your Feng Shui. That's the rule that one of Hong Kong's tallest buildings lives by.
The Cheung Kong Centre were not in favour of having clogs (wooden footwear) hanging from their building, as part of a charity exhibtion, due to the negative Feng Shui the shoes would bring.
The exhibition was initially supposed to promote Dutch culture as well as raise money for Chinese children. However, the tower buildings management were uneasy about it all -- 'the Cantonese word for shoes -- hai -- sounds similar to a sigh of exasperation'.It is important to remember to be charitable, but it is more important to remember... more
Towers. Whether seen as monuments to mankind, or as a tribute to just… men, towers are without doubt one of our greatest engineering feats. Sure, the same could be said for bridges, but whereas bridges have a practical nature, towers are built for one simple reason, “Because we can.”Towers. Whether seen as monuments to mankind, or as a tribute to just… men,... more
The Russian company building Europe's tallest building has halted work on the project, citing the global financial crisis. The Norman Foster-designed Russia Tower being built in Moscow's new central business district by developer Russian Land would be 600m (1,970ft) high. Company head Shalva Chiriginsky said that work was being halted because of the credit crunch. Norman Foster and Partners told the BBC it had not been informed of the freeze.
The tower was due to be completed by 2012 as part of the new business district dubbed Moscow City. Building work started in September 2007. It would have 118 floors with housed offices, a five-star hotel and residential apartments.
“No stream rises higher than its source. What ever man might build could never express or reflect more than he was. He could record neither more nor less than he had learned of life when the buildings were built.” - Frank Lloyd WrightThe Russian company building Europe's tallest building has halted work on the... more
The world is a beautiful place in more ways than one. Amongst the urban landscape and thousands of ordinary brick-and-mortar buildings, skyscrapers are architectural and engineering marvels that rise hundreds of meters and even a thousand feet into the air. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), is the official body that determines which buildings fall under the ‘The World’s Tallest Building’ category. It ranks the height of buildings, based on the height to the architectural top of the building, highest occupied floor, top of the roof or the tip of the building.The world is a beautiful place in more ways than one. Amongst the urban landscape and... more
Incredible engineering plans from Timelinks, a Dubai-based 'environmental design company', with plans for an enormous, sustainably-run city-in-a-pyramid.
Timelinks is to unveil their vision of a 'city of the future' at the upcoming Cityscape Dubai. The city – called the Ziggurat project – will be in the shape of a futuristic pyramid which, according to Timelinks, could support an entire community of up to one million people by harnessing the power of nature.
Ridas Matonis, Managing Director of Timelinks, said: “Ziggurat communities can be almost totally self-sufficient energy-wise. Apart from using steam power in the building we will also employ wind turbine technology to harness natural energy resources.”
But it is not just about reducing the carbon footprint. The 2.3 km² pyramid has many other benefits. “Whole cities can be accommodated in complexes which take up less than 10% of the original land surface. Public and private landscaping will be used for leisure pursuits or irrigated as agricultural land.
Incredible engineering plans from Timelinks, a Dubai-based 'environmental design... more
Normally, I don't get to excited about things ... but this one is quite the spectacle. Normally, I don't get to excited about things ... but this one is quite the... more
On a construction site in the heart of the City, London's financial quarter, a tower stands half-demolished, its bruised concrete and severed beams exposed. Here — between the Lloyd's building, a monument to the City's 1980s boom, and the Gherkin, Norman Foster's popular pickle-shaped tower at 30 St Mary Axe — work on the foundations for the 738 ft (225-m) Leadenhall Building is underway. Intended for completion in 2011, the skyscraper — designed by celebrated British architect Richard Rogers — would have stood as the tallest in the City.
That was the plan, anyway. But on Aug. 14, British Land, the U.K.'s second-biggest property developer, announced that construction of the building — already dubbed "The Cheesegrater", in honor of Rogers's wedge-shaped design — would likely be delayed, pushing completion back a year to 2012. The firm's motive? With the financial services sector trimming costs amid turmoil in the credit markets, both the demand and rental values for City offices are dwindling. British Land — itself hit by a $1.1 billion loss for the three months to July as the value of its portfolio tumbled — reckons it'll score lower construction costs and higher rents for the 47-story building by sitting out the downturn.
It's got a point. Net job losses among banking and insurance businesses in the City will hit 10,000 before 2011, according to Experian, the credit services company. Hardly a good time to be marketing empty office space; commercial real estate firm Atisreal says banking and finance firms are currently taking just 110,000 sq ft (10,200 sq m) of City space in a three-month quarter. Throughout 2005 and 2006, the take-up rate averaged more than four times the current level. The flatter demand will drive down rents in the City by 16% this year, Atisreal estimates, and a further 5.7% in 2009.
Worse still: the slump comes just as a rash of new office developments hit the market. With more than 7 million sq ft (650,000 sq m) of speculative office space coming online in the City this year and next, according to Atisreal, British Land may not be the only developer to take a time out. Rival Land Securities, Britain's largest property firm, will decide next March whether to go ahead with construction of a planned 509 ft (155-m) tower around the corner from Leadenhall Building; it too was originally planned for completion in 2011. "It seems an increasingly large percentage of that pipeline [of new developments] won't be built, or at least will be delayed," says Kelvin Davidson, a property economist at Capital Economics in London. "It's classic economics: weak demand and rising supply. There's only one way rents can go."
On a construction site in the heart of the City, London's financial quarter, a... more
"North Korea's phantom hotel is stirring back to life. Once dubbed by Esquire magazine as "the worst building in the history of mankind," the 105-story Ryugyong Hotel is back under construction after a 16-year lull in the capital of one of the world's most reclusive and destitute countries.
According to foreign residents in Pyongyang, Egypt's Orascom group has recently begun refurbishing the top floors of the three-sided pyramid-shaped hotel whose 330-metre (1,083 ft) frame dominates the Pyongyang skyline.
The firm has put glass panels into the concrete shell, installed telecommunications antennas -- even though the North forbids its citizens to own mobile phones -- and put up an artist's impression of what it will look like.
An official with the group said its Orascom Telecom subsidiary was involved in the project but gave no details.
The hotel consists of three wings rising at 75 degree angles capped by several floors arranged in rings supposed to hold five revolving restaurants and an observation deck.
A creaky building crane has for years sat unused at the top of the 3,000-room hotel in a city where tourists are only occasionally allowed to visit.
"It is not a beautiful design. It carries little iconic or monumental significance, but sheer muscular and massive presence," said Lee Sang Jun, a professor of architecture at Yonsei University in Seoul.
The communist North started construction in 1987, in a possible fit of jealousy at South Korea, which was about to host the 1988 Summer Olympics and show off to the world the success of its rapidly developing economy.
A concrete shell built by North Korea's Paektu Mountain Architects & Engineers emerged over the next few years. A proud North Korea put a likeness of the hotel on postage stamps and boasted about the structure in official media.
According to intelligence sources, then North Korean leader Kim Il-sung saw the hotel as a symbol of his big dreams for the state he founded, while his son and current leader Kim Jong-il was a driving force in its construction.
But by 1992, worked was halted. The North's main benefactor the Soviet Union had dissolved a year earlier and funding for the hotel had vanished. For a time, the North airbrushed images of the Ryugyong Hotel from photographs.
As the North's economy took a deeper turn for the worse in the 1990s the empty shell became a symbol of the country's failure, earning nicknames "Hotel of Doom" and "Phantom Hotel."
Yonsei's Lee and other architects said there were questions raised about whether the hotel was structurally sound and a few believed completing the structure could cause it to collapse.
It would cost up to $2 billion to finish the Ryugyong Hotel and make it safe, according to estimates in South Korean media. That is equivalent to about 10 percent of the North's annual economic output.
Bruno Giberti, associate head of California Polytechnic State University's Department of Architecture, said the project was typical of what has been produced recently in many cities trying to show their emerging wealth by constructing gigantic edifices that were not related in scale to anything else around them.
"If this is the worst building in the world, the runners up are in Vegas and Shanghai," said Giberti.""North Korea's phantom hotel is stirring back to life. Once dubbed by... more
What if "eating local" in Shanghai or New York meant getting your fresh produce from five blocks away? And what if skyscrapers grew off the grid, as verdant, self-sustaining towers where city slickers cultivated their own food? asks the Internationa; Herald Tribune today.
Dr. Dickson Despommier, a professor of public health at Columbia University, hopes to make these zucchini-in-the-sky visions a reality. Despommier's pet project is the "vertical farm," a concept he created in 1999 with graduate students in his class on medical ecology, the study of how the environment and human health interact.
The idea, which has captured the imagination of several architects in the United States and Europe in the past several years, just caught the eye of another big city dreamer: Scott Stringer, the Manhattan borough president in New York.
When Stringer heard about the concept in June, he said he immediately pictured a "food farm" addition to the New York City skyline. "Obviously we don't have vast amounts of vacant land," he said in a phone interview. "But the sky is the limit in Manhattan." Stringer's office is "sketching out what it would take to pilot a vertical farm," and plans to pitch a feasibility study to the mayor's office within the next couple of months, he said.
"I think we can really do this," he added. "We could get the funding."
Will skyscraper farms start appearing on a skyline near you, and would you welcome them? What would you grow outside your office or flat? Traffic-fumed tomatoes and acid rain-watered apples. Yum.
What if "eating local" in Shanghai or New York meant getting your fresh... more
Pretty amazing in a sad way, built over 20 years ago the Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea has remained unfinished and vacant since day one of construction. The space invader like structure today ranks as the world's 22nd tallest skyscraper, costing the people of North Korea a fraction of their national GDP.Pretty amazing in a sad way, built over 20 years ago the Ryugyong Hotel in North Korea... more
As populations grow more people move from rural environments to more densely populated urban environs, the emotionally unstable and bespectacled "starchitects" of the world will stay busy.As populations grow more people move from rural environments to more densely populated... more
Buildings in Dubai and Moscow will be powered by sun and wind and continuously change shape as floors rotate around central axis.Buildings in Dubai and Moscow will be powered by sun and wind and continuously change... more