Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Why Architecture Matters by Paul Goldberger

In the past decade the world has seen a vertical rise in the number of skyscrapers being built or planned.  This is due, not just to the migration of people from rural areas into cities, but also because countries are sensitive to how their major metropolises are perceived by the rest of the world.  Curbside appeal in the case of cities equals skyline appeal.  Investments rise alongside skyscrapers, as competition for business is fierce. Bottom line ego, religion, and philosophy combine to push ever skyward since the building of the Tower of Babel, and which more recently made the twin towers a symbolic target for attack.  Expect even more dramatic towers to rise in the future, despite their marginal self sufficiency, because it is simply the cost of doing business.  And impressive to boot.  For more on this subject, listen to WHY ARCHITECTURE MATTERS
Swimming pools that function as balconies? Call it home, if you're one of the top 1%. The Aquaria Grande being constructed in Mumbai, India is to be a twin 37 story apartment building. The swimming pools are designed by Hong Kong architect James Law, although lawyers may be needed if a panel breaks due to a "cannon ball." And then there's the Water Discus Hotel being constructed in Dubai, many of the rooms to be underwater.


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