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Old April 22nd, 2007, 03:31 AM   #1041
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I believe just one more on May 9. It is expected to pass with flying colors though. Thanks Kngkyle for that great video.
No, it's still two more. First it has to pass the zoning committee, before going before the full city council, which will most likely be around May 9th since the zoning committee doesn't meet for about 2 more weeks. Even so, the last two steps are mostly a formality, seeing how the Plan Commission approved it unanimously. Once that happens, they will apply for permits which are expedited on green buildings in Chicago and they will immediately start on caissons and the foundation. From what I heard at the meeting from Calatrava, the working drawings for most of the building have not been finalized, but the foundation drawings are already done so there shouldn't be delays getting started once permits are received.
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Old April 22nd, 2007, 10:48 AM   #1042
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Old April 22nd, 2007, 12:06 PM   #1043
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I dont get you guys. this building is one of the ugliest buildings I've ever seen and it's going to destroy Chicago's beautiful skyline!
no it just gonna stand out and it gonna the most mordern building in the city
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Old April 22nd, 2007, 04:44 PM   #1044
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Old April 22nd, 2007, 05:12 PM   #1045
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I don't really like all the white horizontal lines on it, makes it look a bit tacky.

Otherwise, it's great!
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Old April 22nd, 2007, 05:18 PM   #1046
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I love the design very modern
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Old April 22nd, 2007, 09:34 PM   #1047
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Does anyone else notice that the spiral shape creates an illusion of the building curving slightly to the right? That could be problematic.

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Old April 22nd, 2007, 09:38 PM   #1048
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Thanks for the renderings zz
I really liked the base of the tower and that fountain spire shaped, it fits so well with the design
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Old April 22nd, 2007, 10:58 PM   #1049
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on the pic with the base you definitely can see how big it is. it's only the height which makes it so thin
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 02:03 AM   #1050
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woah....
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 02:14 AM   #1051
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Wonderful to hear it got approved! It's a beautiful design in form and works because of function. Though it may be overly tall for the immediate area, it will without a doubt reshape the skyline. Besides, when would forumers on a skyscraper website complain about a tower being too tall? ^_~.

I know it's been said before that there is no observatory because of the fact it's a residential building, but I wonder how they will work with all the tourists who'll flock to this thing once finished?

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Old April 23rd, 2007, 02:26 AM   #1052
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its a beauty. remember all skylines change eventually.
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 05:01 AM   #1053
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I loved the original concept. I hated the redesign so much for awhile. This final product is starting to grow on me though. It looks a lot better and not as twisty. Less tacky looking than the intermediate designs.
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 05:28 AM   #1054
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so "Up With Chicago" could be a great Olympic motto?
Chicago, city of big...uh...um...shoulders, oh yea
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 06:46 AM   #1055
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Oops. Someone forgot to tell the renderer that trucks are forbidden on Lake Shore Drive.
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 07:07 AM   #1056
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The original concept with it's HUGE spire was better
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 08:14 AM   #1057
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i think the building looks great, much better without the spire
good design, good location, good for chicago
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 08:44 AM   #1058
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more news

I dont know if this has been posted yet:

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/...cle2474399.ece



Developers behind what would be the nation's tallest building - a twisting, lakefront tower in Chicago - will this week discover whether they have crossed one of two final hurdles before proceeding with their record-breaking plan.

The city's planning board last week endorsed a plan for the 150-storey building, known as the Chicago Spire. This week the plan goes before the city's zoning committee and if that gives the green light, the full council is due to vote next month.

"This is a wonderful project, and everyone is very enthused," Constance Buscemi, a spokeswoman for the city's planning department said.

The 2,000ft tower featuring 1,200 residences, would top the city's 1,451ft Sears Tower and become the tallest building in the US. It would soar above the 1,776ft Freedom Tower that is currently being constructed on the site of the World Trade Centre, which was destroyed in the September 11 attacks.

The Chicago Spire was designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish-born architect known for designing the Milwaukee Art Museum addition and the Athens Olympic sports complex. It is being built by the Irish developer, Shelbourne Development.

Shelbourne executives have declined to say how much the development will cost. Estimates by local media have placed it at around $1bn (£500m) though some have suggested it could be as much as $2bn. Currently, the tallest building in the world is the Taipei 101 tower in Taiwan, which measures 1,671 ft and has 101 floors. A tower in Dubai now under construction is expected to reach to 2,300ft and have more than 160 floors.

Garrett Kelleher, chairman of Shelbourne, has said he intends to market the tower's residences internationally with help from the British estate agents Savills and that he expects interest from potential buyers in London, St Petersburg and Madrid.

"I have absolutely no doubt this project is going to sell out," Mr Kelleher told city officials last week.

The developer has said he will contribute 30 per cent of the project's cost while the Dublin-based Anglo-Irish Bank is to provide the remaining 70 per cent.
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 11:17 AM   #1059
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Calatrava is a genious! I don't think the tower has much to do with the city though... I 'd choose the version A.
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 01:24 PM   #1060
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I really love the tower, I like the horizontal lines and I usually don't like antennas.
But maybe it's because this tower joins directly my deep cultural roots.
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