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Old December 18th, 2011, 06:15 PM   #9481
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Old December 18th, 2011, 06:31 PM   #9482
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What is the height right now? Should be close to 300 m?
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Old December 18th, 2011, 06:50 PM   #9483
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Old December 18th, 2011, 09:25 PM   #9484
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Really great progress! Cant wait to see it live the next time i visit London
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Old December 19th, 2011, 12:57 AM   #9485
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Under construction: The Shard building looms over the London City skyline.

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Work on the Empire State Building began on St Patrick's Day, 17 March 1930, just months after Wall Street crashed and the world was plunged into a decade-long recession. Talk about bad timing. This was far more than a run-of-the-mill office block; it was the tallest building in the world. The first with more than 100 floors, it was a brilliant Art Deco design by William F Lamb (1883-1952), of Shreve Lamb and Harmon, spiring up into the Manhattan skyline and symbolising what was meant to be the crowning might of US capitalism and the prosperous American way of life. When it opened on 1 May 1931, New York was down on its uppers. Yip Harburg and Jay Gorney caught the mood of the time pitch-perfectly with Brother, Can You Spare a Dime, the anthem of the Great Depression. Harburg was a New Yorker. Was he looking at the Empire State Building when he wrote these lines: "Once I built a tower to the sun/Brick and rivet and lime/Once I built a tower, now it's done/Brother, can you spare a dime?" Yet the Empire State Building was also a highly visible sign of how to build out of a recession, of better time some way ahead. It cost $41m, or about $500m in today's money, and first turned a profit in 1950. Today, the skyscraper is a commercial success and one of the world's most famous and best-loved buildings.

Late this summer, I sat with the architect Renzo Piano at Ronchamp in the shadow of Le Corbusier's haunting pilgrimage chapel of Notre Dame du Haut; beneath the chapel, Piano and his team were completing a low-budget, yet intelligently planned and beautifully resolved convent for the Poor Clare sisters, dug out of sight into the hillside. The convent, a highlight of my 2011, might be taken for the apotheosis of recessionary design, a perfect symbol of our need to cut our coats according to our cloth. But I was talking with the same Renzo Piano whose Shard London Bridge – Britain's tallest building – has been shooting above the skylines of Southwark and the City of London this year as the British economy tumbles deeper into recession. Construction work on this $700m, 95-floor tower began in March 2009 as financial markets stumbled. It is due to open in May 2012. The timing seems unfortunate. Whatever you think of the design of the Shard, though, and its impact on London's skyline, perhaps it is an Empire State Building for our times, a symbol of daring and optimism in a year that has seemed so dispiriting. There it shines, a great blade of steel, concrete and glass pointing the way to the good times to come. Maybe.

That time with Renzo Piano at Ronchamp said so much, to me at least, of how 2011 has tugged us in apparently contradictory directions. The convent for the Poor Clares is ascetic and quietly beautiful architecture dug into the earth and realised on a budget as modest as those who live and pray there. The Shard London Bridge is bravura design, all show and skyward-soaring energy. Here, boiled down from all the buildings I've seen and experienced this year, is a pair framing optimism and suggesting hope. We need both God and Mammon, or spirit and money, to make sense and to create ease in our messy world: 2011 offered monuments to both as the Empire State Building (left) had done 80 years ago.
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Old December 19th, 2011, 01:40 AM   #9486
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Old December 19th, 2011, 12:56 PM   #9487
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This is one of the buildings, which will become an icon.
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Old December 19th, 2011, 01:30 PM   #9488
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This skyscraper makes wonderful skyline.
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Old December 19th, 2011, 02:10 PM   #9489
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Old December 19th, 2011, 02:15 PM   #9490
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Nearly! It's 285.9m just now to the top of the steel.
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Old December 19th, 2011, 07:54 PM   #9491
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Old December 20th, 2011, 02:24 AM   #9492
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wow - everything looks great in that vid
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Old December 20th, 2011, 03:09 AM   #9493
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Amazing !!!!!!
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Old December 20th, 2011, 04:30 AM   #9494
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Yes but atleast it is finally going to happen though http://0x43.org/bN
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Old December 20th, 2011, 09:32 AM   #9495
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Nearly! It's 285.9m just now to the top of the steel.
Thanks. I assume we'll soon enough when it hits 300 or when it tops out.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 02:25 PM   #9497
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Little Ryugyong ? haaa.. :p
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awesome new landmark for London. Looks great!
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Old December 20th, 2011, 06:26 PM   #9499
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The only resemblance is that it are both pyramid-shaped buildings.
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