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Old March 31st, 2008, 05:17 AM   #61
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May 4, 1988
During the late evening of May 4, 1988, and the early morning of May 5, 1988, members of the Los Angeles City Fire Department successfully battled what has proven to be the worst, most devastating high-rise fire in the history of Los Angeles. Extinguishing this blaze at the 62-story First Interstate Bank Building, 707 West Wilshire Boulevard, required the combined efforts of 64 fire companies, 10 City rescue ambulances, 17 private ambulances, 4 helicopters, 53 Command Officers and support personnel, a complement of 383 Firefighters and Paramedics, and considerable assistance from other City departments.

It is humbling and terrifying to realize how close we came to losing control of this fire! Had it not been for the extraordinary commitment to duty, staunch determination to extinguish the fire at all costs, and unabated heroism and courage of our brave Firefighters, I am convinced that the fire would not have been contained as it was in 3-1/2 hours. In most other cities, the building could have become a charred skeleton and, even worse, Firefighters would have lost their lives. In my view, our City is blessed with the most professional and dedicated Firefighters in the world, and this is why only one civilian life was lost and only four floors were gutted.

The Department has documented specific acts of heroism for future recognition, but I feel compelled to personally thank you for performing your assigned role at the First Interstate Bank Fire. As your Chief Engineer, I have received countless accolades on you behalf from throughout the world and know that from the Department's standpoint, this was perhaps our proudest moment for revealing what our people are capable of achieving.

You share a role in this achievement and are to be commended for your courage and dedication that prevented the First Interstate Bank Fire from becoming an even greater tragedy. For this, the citizens of Los Angeles owe a tremendous debt of gratitude.
While I agree this fire was a terrible occurrence and that LAFD did a great job fighting it but does it have to do with the subject of this thread?
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Old April 1st, 2008, 04:03 AM   #62
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I thought that was the Auschwitz the worst building of history of Mankind... or Nuremberg Nazi Stadium of Congress...
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Old April 1st, 2008, 05:06 AM   #63
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Old April 1st, 2008, 04:46 PM   #64
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This building looks great to me! Because it is unique. There no more such big and evil looking buildings in the world. It is fantastic! I wish they finish it. And this article is very very cheap propaganda. "They better build this in South Korea where American tourists are allowed to travel "
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 11:49 PM   #65
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Come to Paris, Beaugrenelle district, you'll see what hideous really means.
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Old April 4th, 2008, 06:00 AM   #66
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LOL, it really is an embarrasing building.
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Old April 4th, 2008, 12:57 PM   #67
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I always found it weird how Ryugyong-apologists always need to bring in politics to defend that monstrosity. Sorry to burst your bubbles, but this thing would be hideous in any possible political system.
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Old April 6th, 2008, 02:24 PM   #68
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WOW, it is deppresing, But if it were finished I'm sure that it would have looked amazing!
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Old April 8th, 2008, 03:48 AM   #69
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The Pyongyang Shard:



I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I adore OCAD, and it baffles me that people say they walked by it and found it ugly:



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Old April 8th, 2008, 05:01 AM   #70
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Taller,Better : I share your enthousiasm about the OCAD. What's not to love about it ? I wished it had been built in Montréal. That's how much I love it !!
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Old April 8th, 2008, 05:28 AM   #71
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It is a School of Art, and the building is just so perfect for that function. Plus, the green space freed up underneath it genuinely does get used by students in the summer to lie about on the grass and kibitz. I admit I am dumbfounded that people would consider it the ugliest building in the world.. playful, fun, irreverent, but ugly? Not to me!
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 03:24 PM   #72
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Has anyone seen the under construction Abraj Al Bait Towers in Mecca? Christopher Wren meets Josef Stalin. This image is from skyscraperpage.com - hope I'm not breaking any rules, but have a go at it: http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=34622 . I shudder to think how much is being spent on this monstrosity.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 04:22 PM   #73
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 06:33 PM   #74
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OMG that was hideous... kitsch that I had hoped died with the PoMo fad in the 80's
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 10:26 PM   #75
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 10:27 PM   #76
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The worst building ever would have been the Green Bird. Proposed 400 meter tower for London

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Old April 23rd, 2008, 01:41 AM   #77
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Good grief. That one, with the Swiss Re, would have made a complete set of tools for every occasion.
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The worst building ever would have been the Green Bird. Proposed 400 meter tower for London

It's not green
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 07:43 PM   #79
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I'm afraid to ask, but Rizzato, is the Green Bird still being planned, or was it canned?
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Old April 23rd, 2008, 07:46 PM   #80
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Canned, thank God!
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