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Old January 5th, 2012, 10:53 PM   #9641
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Old January 6th, 2012, 01:02 PM   #9642
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Why are most cranes red?
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Old January 6th, 2012, 02:45 PM   #9643
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Then planes didn't fly into it.
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Old January 6th, 2012, 04:05 PM   #9644
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Why are most cranes red?
What about all the blue ones?
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Old January 6th, 2012, 06:17 PM   #9645
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What about all the blue ones?
I think the blue ones are in the minority.
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Old January 6th, 2012, 07:45 PM   #9646
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and the white ones ,dont leave those out ,ok red white and blue, the colours of the union jack ,just a coinsedent then lol.
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Old January 6th, 2012, 09:01 PM   #9647
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(apologise for the size) scroll >>>>
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Old January 6th, 2012, 10:04 PM   #9648
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Great pictures.
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Old January 6th, 2012, 10:07 PM   #9649
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It looks nice at night! The second photo is really great.
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Old January 6th, 2012, 10:27 PM   #9650
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Why are most cranes red?
They're easily embarrassed by all the erections going up around them.
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Old January 6th, 2012, 10:39 PM   #9651
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That is most impressive building in London I think.
In summer I will go to London and I will definitely visit Tower Bridge
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Old January 6th, 2012, 10:44 PM   #9652
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They're easily embarrassed by all the erections going up around them.
Bravo sir, bravo.
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Old January 7th, 2012, 01:09 AM   #9653
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how can i get to the top of the guy's hospital?
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Old January 7th, 2012, 01:30 AM   #9654
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how can i get to the top of the guy's hospital?
Enrol in King's College Dental School, that's what the top floors of the tower are.
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Old January 7th, 2012, 02:48 AM   #9655
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you can just walk in and go to the top if someone stops you say you're going to the dentist
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Old January 7th, 2012, 01:10 PM   #9656
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The building that will change London forever

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Racing into the Sky

For years, people in London took little interest in architecture, and it seemed like anyone could build whatever they liked. Sellar and Piano came up with their idea before the 9/11 attacks made many scared of skyscrapers, before the financial markets began to stagger and long before angry young people in Britain turned to arson. Indeed, the concept for the Shard concept was born in an entirely different era. In terms of atmosphere and aesthetics, the building is still living somewhere around the year 2000.

Still, the Shard isn't the type of kitschy construction now seen in cities from Moscow to Shanghai. It is sculptural, but not sentimental. Of course, its windows reflect the passing clouds, which fits with Piano's concept of poetry. But on the many days with dismal weather, the building's glass panes will simply mirror the gray London sky.

Yet nothing -- whether architectural lyricism or Sellar's commentary -- can hide the fact that, at its heart, the building represents a display of power. Now more than ever, tall buildings serve as status symbols for European cities. No one seems to seriously care anymore about preserving historic building or paying attention to lines of sight or the relative heights of buildings.

After almost 40 years, Paris has also decided to allow high-rises again, at least at the edge of the city's downtown area, where the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron has received permission to build a 180-meter-high (590-foot-high) pyramid. In Switzerland, Basel is getting its own skyscraper, while Zurich has the Prime Tower at 126 meters (413 feet) and is considering building something akin to a high-rise-ringed Central Park just outside the city. Meanwhile, in Barcelona, French architect Jean Nouvel is building one of Spain's tallest buildings, a 142-meter (466-foot) structure meant to evoke a fountain.

But London has outdone them all. Its recently completed Heron Tower, on the other side of the Thames, stands at 202 meters (663 feet), and the Shard makes the leap to over 300 meters.

Are Skyscrapers Passé?


Architecture critics such as Andres Lepik say skyscrapers built solely for the sake of height are completely outdated dinosaurs. People used to marvel at them the way they do when the see a flashy car on the street. But cities grow, and if they don't want to continually expand into the surrounding countryside, they're forced to expand upward instead. But, all too often, these tall buildings look almost completely out of place owing to their location, their size and even their appearance.

When asked how it feels to alter the skyline of a metropolis like London, Piano notes that if an architect makes a mistake, people will see it for a long, long time.

Sellar, on the other hand, takes a more relaxed view. No one else will be able to top him in London -- at least as long as no one is allowed to build a structure above 1,000 feet (305 meters). Or course, Sellar has found a way to get around this restriction himself. By putting the base of the Shard in a depression, it will technically be 1,016-feet tall.
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Old January 7th, 2012, 01:18 PM   #9657
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Nothing about Moscow!
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Old January 7th, 2012, 02:03 PM   #9658
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Still, the Shard isn't the type of kitschy construction now seen in cities from Moscow to Shanghai-----------------lol,yup the shard is the best and the most beautiful building in the galaxy and in mankind history...congratulations
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Old January 7th, 2012, 02:14 PM   #9659
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I love the way how you put the galaxy (infinite in space, 13,7 billion years old) in front of human (architectural) history (limited to this lil old globe, and about 10.000 years old). But she is a looker, no doubt
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Old January 7th, 2012, 02:27 PM   #9660
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