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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:08 PM   #10481
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But it seems this cladding is too much transparent and not enought reflecting ...
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Old March 16th, 2012, 08:24 PM   #10482
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shard/SHrd/ Nound: A piece of broken ceramic, metal, glass, or rock, typically having sharp edges: "shards of glass flew in all directions".
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Old March 16th, 2012, 09:02 PM   #10483
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Notice that all the renders are done on days with a bright blue sky. Nobody ever claimed that the Shard would look the same on an overcast day. However, it should still get better once they clean the glass and take off the coverings etc.
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Old March 16th, 2012, 10:12 PM   #10484
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(FYI: I'm a big fan of 'the fountain head' by Ayn Rand).
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Old March 16th, 2012, 11:12 PM   #10485
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Old March 16th, 2012, 11:44 PM   #10486
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There was a report on the London thread that something was going on aloft, so I left work a few minutes early and took a slightly circuitous route to the station along the river and back via London Bridge Walk to capture what turned out to be some new steel going up on the west side of the Spire.







The light levels were dropping like a stone. First shot was 1/8 sec at f/8. Ten minutes later the last one was 2.0 secs at f/5.6.
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Old March 17th, 2012, 03:03 AM   #10487
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Old March 17th, 2012, 04:35 AM   #10488
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Those two gaps in the facade are finally sealed
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Old March 17th, 2012, 06:15 PM   #10489
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Old March 17th, 2012, 07:50 PM   #10490
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It's very tall, gigantic but strange that it doesnt looks arrogant at all.
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Old March 17th, 2012, 09:36 PM   #10491
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In the shadow of the Shard: Why the next generation of skycrapers is struggling to get off the ground

The Shard already dominates the capital's skyline and Liverpool, Brighton, Glasgow and east London are next in line for the tower treatment. Or are they?

Even as the mighty Shard on the banks of the Thames shoots towards its opening in May, plans for tall buildings from London to Liverpool are being knocked down as opposition grows to the tall, the ostentatious, the showy and "iconic". And the people knocking Britain's new towers back are not necessarily traditional conservatives and architectural purists, but young activists and many people usually associated with the avant-garde.

Last year, architect Amanda Levete's 25-storey tower in Shoreditch, east London was set to rise from the Huntingdon Estate, overlooking downtown's favourite edgy backwater, Redchurch Street, but was knocked back by a group of highly motivated residents including a clutch of high-profile artists, Misses Emin and Whiteread among them. More recently, a plan for a so-called eco-tower next to Dalston's Kingsland station the hipster hub of east London has just been repelled until further notice. With 130 flats, and fashionable accoutrements such as vertical gardens, it was designed by architects BFLS, which designed the now-familiar Strata tower in Elephant and Castle. In south London, two towers in the Vauxhall Cross development have been nixed for now, following ardent campaigning.

And the pro-low phenomenon is not just restricted to London. In Liverpool, the Liverpool Waters development, currently the UK's biggest planning application including a scraper of considerable height, has been set back following local opposition and has even raised the objection of Unesco (the city's Maritime Mercantile City is a World Heritage Site), which cited the possibility of a "serious loss of historical authenticity". There has been similar disquiet in Scotland, at the second phase of high-rise developments in the Glasgow Harbour site.

In one sense, these buildings are seen as out of time signed off in the boom, built in the bust and also out of place, particularly in classic four-storey Victorian streetscapes such as Dalston's. "It is inappropriate to the area, and full of 'greenwash'," says Bill Parry-Davies of Open Dalston, a group that campaigned against the tower, who says that nearby Waltham Forest has also had a similar application beside its station, indicating a trend. Parry-Davies is pleased, therefore, that Hackney Planning Committee recently rejected the exclusively private 18-storey tower block, where apartments rose from about 400,000 into six-figure sums.

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Old March 18th, 2012, 10:12 AM   #10493
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Old March 18th, 2012, 12:01 PM   #10494
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Looks quite fat on the bottom. Nonetheless it's really nice tower to look at anytime on the year.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 01:38 PM   #10495
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I can guarantee that you would have found similar articles in the mid 1990's after the completion of the first Skyscraper in Canary Wharf, which struggled to find tenants willing to move out of the center of London.

Doom and gloom, the age of the tall building is over..etc,etc,etc.

All it takes is time, and things will start up again, Skyscrapers will come back in fashion and London will get taller and taller as the years go by, it doesn't have a choice, no more land to grow outwards, only way is more density and upwards.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 03:54 PM   #10496
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Oh yes I hope so. I didn't say I agree with the article.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 04:14 PM   #10497
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i want this in sydney.
looks incredible.
Maybe you could buy it, like the Americans bought old London Bridge.
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Old March 18th, 2012, 05:35 PM   #10498
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Old March 18th, 2012, 05:39 PM   #10499
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So fast, now Shardie looks more completed. Now looks impressive than ever
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