Zaha Hadid Architects’ Generali Tower Tops Out in Milan

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ (ZHA) near-560-foot-tall Generali Tower has topped out at 44 stories in Milan, Italy. The building, along with two other towers, forms the centerpiece for the CityLife masterplan, developed to revitalize the former site of Milan’s International Fair, which shuttered in 2005.  The redeveloped site, which began the process in 2004, will be open to year-round public use, and will include new civic spaces, public parks, residential buildings, shopping areas, corporate offices, with direct transport connections to line 5 of the Tre Torri station of the city’s metro system. Continue reading “Zaha Hadid Architects’ Generali Tower Tops Out in Milan”

Here’s How Portland is Showcasing The Future of Architecture…

The Future of Architecture Is Already Happening in Portland

Now, what is Framework, you ask?  Essentially it’s a look into the future of urban architecture in America, and it’s starting in Portland, Oregon.  Also, one of the two winners of a design contest for high-rise buildings is built from wood, and once that 12-story building is completed, it’ll be one of the tallest wooden buildings in the United States. Hopefully, this will spark the inspiration for more similar buildings in the country. Continue reading “Here’s How Portland is Showcasing The Future of Architecture…”

Take A Bite Out Of UDG China’s Nanjing Office Tower!

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the  brand new Nanjing Jianye District office tower in China. And yes, THIS is also what it looks like when Sharptooth from The Land Before Time and/or the T-Rex from Jurassic Park mutate 5 times their size and take a bite out of your large, new and shiny office building. Continue reading “Take A Bite Out Of UDG China’s Nanjing Office Tower!”

Holy ‘Grapes of Wrath’! Dust Bowl Skyscrapers Were Supposed to ‘Make It Rain’

I make it rain on ‘dem…; yup, I did that. I went there.

Man, the Joad family could have REALLY used this. Anyway, time for a techy history lesson!  The Dust Bowl aggressively wrecked havoc on farms, crops, and practically EVERYTHING in the Great Plains region of the United States in the 1930s.  But across the Atlantic Ocean over i France, a meteorologist came up with an idea that would have appealed to the farmers and ranchers of the Dust Bowl; a series of huge weather-manipulating towers that would overshadow the Empire State Building. Continue reading “Holy ‘Grapes of Wrath’! Dust Bowl Skyscrapers Were Supposed to ‘Make It Rain’”

South Korea’s Dancing Dragon Towers to have a Breathable, Scale-Like Facade

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, an architecture firm that is very familiar with designing skyscraper projects, just revealed their plans for a pair of towers that will be added to Seoul, South Korea’s skyline.  The interesting thing is that both towers would share scaly, dragon-like facades.

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Welcome the Tokyo Sky Tree, The World’s Tallest Comm Tower

The Sky Tree is Japan’s 2,080-foot tall communications centerpiece and the second tallest building on the planet, dwarfed only by the Burj Khalifa.  It is located in Sumida, Tokyo and cost $806 million to complete, including a two-month delay due to the earthquake and tsunami. Over half a million workers assisted in its construction which was completed in late-February to early-March.

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Architecture critic Inga Saffron believes that skyscrapers are O-VER-RA-TED **clap-clap, clap-clap-clap**

Skyscrappers are a signature piece and building type in the realm of architecture. Created with the spirit of being able to build so high and touch the sky (no so different from the goal of the European cathedrals), and now it seems that every architectural firm is trying to make their name as designing and building the world’s tallest new skyscraper (with the currently record … Continue reading Architecture critic Inga Saffron believes that skyscrapers are O-VER-RA-TED **clap-clap, clap-clap-clap**

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The NEW One World Trade Center: The Soon-to-be Greenest Skyscraper Ever!!



In New York City, a golden phoenix is rising out of the ashes and rubble of Ground Zero. It is……..a brand, spanking-new skyscraper.  The new One World Trade Center Complex (1WTC) is on the way to being the most environmentally and technologically advanced structure ever attempted at this scale.   Continue reading “The NEW One World Trade Center: The Soon-to-be Greenest Skyscraper Ever!!”

The Soon-To-Be World’s Tallest Building…

A little insane, right? Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the first rendered image of the what will soon be the world’s tallest building by 2020 (or maybe until a new design for another building comes up in the next 15 minutes). The building on the far left is the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and it stands at 3,280 feet, towering over … Continue reading The Soon-To-Be World’s Tallest Building…

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