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Old January 20th, 2015, 03:26 PM   #441
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Manchester is a city on-the-up - quite literally - and I'm sure that it's just not me that feels proud to live in Greater Manchester. It could do with a bit more decent Indie Music coming out of it, however as infrastructure projects go, we're not doing badly.
'The 1975' always introduce themselves at the start of every gig as "We are The 1975 from Manchester".
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Old January 20th, 2015, 06:38 PM   #442
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'The 1975' always introduce themselves at the start of every gig as "We are The 1975 from Manchester".
They shouldn't really - seeing as they're from Wilmslow.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 08:04 PM   #443
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Manchester is a city on-the-up - quite literally - and I'm sure that it's just not me that feels proud to live in Greater Manchester. It could do with a bit more decent Indie Music coming out of it, however as infrastructure projects go, we're not doing badly.

With more political powers coming from Westminster (a place that once annexed us), Manchester will be able to actually consider some of the transport proposals that VDB comes up with (only kidding ).

When you think about it... Manchester is the city to look out for in the next 10+ years!
Manchester certainly appears to be really moving again.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 10:53 PM   #444
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This development was covered a while ago...now looking good...


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This has fountains either side of the walkway.






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These are not my photos - they were posted onto the Alto Facebook residents group by Adam Stephenson - but thought they were worthy of sharing here.









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Old January 20th, 2015, 11:20 PM   #445
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Sillivan Way - the more I look at it the more I love it
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Old January 21st, 2015, 02:56 PM   #446
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The Graphene Engineering Innovation Center (GEIC) will be designed by Rafael Vinoly architects. Think London's Walkie Talkie. Basically, don't park your car up in Central Manchester in future because it might melt

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Controversial Rafael Viñoly Architects to design the University's new £60m Graphene Centre

THE ARCHITECTS behind London's controversial Walkie-Talkie building (20 Fenchurch Street) will design Manchester University's new £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) at the former Faraday building site on Sackville Street.

Rafael Viñoly is also a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, American Architects and Japanese Architects. The Uruguayan carries some serious credentials.

Rafael Viñoly Architects came under fire in September 2013 when 'death rays' reflected from the concave design of the new 500ft 37-storey tower (pictured) began melting cars and blistering pavement on the streets below.

Nationals soon renamed the Walkie Talkie the 'Walkie Scorchie' after a reporter from London's City A.M. newspaper managed to fry an egg in rays reportedly reaching temperatures of 90 Celsius.

Everyone got terribly excited, police suspended parking spaces while scaffolding and protective netting were erected. Eventually developers Land Securities fitted a 'brise soleil' sunshade to the building late in 2014.

What was most peculiar about the design flaw was that Rafael Viñoly Architects had dealt with this very same issue before in 2010 with their Vdara hotel in Las Vegas.

Still, let's not get bogged down in controversy, this is great news for Manchester.

Aside from melting banker's Jaguars (comeuppance?), New York-based Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly is a world-renowned 'superstar architect' behind projects like New York's new 432 Park Avenue (the second tallest building in New York), Seoul's Jongno Tower and Oxford University's impressive new Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford, as well as Manchester City's new state-of-the-art £200m academy.

Viñoly is also a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, American Architects and Japanese Architects. The Uruguayan carries some serious credentials.





The new Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) - announced by Chancellor George Osborne in September 2014 - is due to open on the former-UMIST site in summer 2017, and has been designed to complement the National Graphene Institute (NGI), currently under construction and due to open at the University of Manchester in Spring 2015.

The GEIC will be partially funded by £15m from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), £5m from Innovate UK and £30m from Masdar, an Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company owned by Mubadala - an investment vehicle of the Government of Abu Dhabi.

A spokesperson for the Manchester University said: "Together, the two facilities will reinforce Manchester’s position as a globally leading knowledge base in graphene research and commercialisation."

Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Professor Colin Bailey, said:

“Research and development in graphene and 2-D material applications will transform the world. The world-leading knowledge base is here in Manchester and to harvest this knowledge, for the benefit of the economy and society more widely, urgent infrastructure facilities are required.

"The GEIC, supported by part funding from the UKRPIF, TSB and Masdar, is essential to maintain the UK’s international leadership position in this area and ensure effective commercialisation of a UK discovery.”



And a video explaining just what Graphene is. Manchester is becoming a world centre for this revolutionary materiel - which should secure many jobs in the city in the future.

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Old January 21st, 2015, 05:15 PM   #447
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Just a little write-up by myself of what Graphene is, why it will change the world, and why it's important for Manchester's future:

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Graphene is the world's thinnest, lightest, most conductive and strongest materiel. Stronger than diamond. It was discovered in Manchester, and you can expect to see it in electronic devices very soon. Think bendable mobile phones and laptops/ipads which can be folded away into your pocket. Think TVs which can be folded away into your pocket as well. Due to the conductive nature of Graphene, phone batteries will be able to last weeks without needing to charge. And because graphene is 300 times stronger than steel, you can expect to see it used in buildings too.

And again due to Graphene's conductive nature, solar panels made using graphene produce nearly 300 times as much energy as current solar panels, so graphene will take the human race into a sustainable future too, potentially ending the energy crisis.

Graphene will undoubtedly change the world, and it was discovered in Manchester. And now Manchester is becoming the world's research hub FOR graphene. Expect big things.
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Thanks for the explanation about Graphene, I never really knew what it was until you have now explained it VDB.
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More from Greengate 21 Jan 2015 ...

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The more this grows, the more impressive we see how it will eventually look.
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 12:03 PM   #450
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Manchester is a city on-the-up - quite literally - and I'm sure that it's just not me that feels proud to live in Greater Manchester. It could do with a bit more decent Indie Music coming out of it, however as infrastructure projects go, we're not doing badly.

With more political powers coming from Westminster (a place that once annexed us), Manchester will be able to actually consider some of the transport proposals that VDB comes up with (only kidding ).

When you think about it... Manchester is the city to look out for in the next 10+ years!
Mmmmm ...
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 12:08 PM   #451
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Just a little write-up by myself of what Graphene is, why it will change the world, and why it's important for Manchester's future:
Until Carbyne can be established in bulk you mean??

http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/s...operties-grows

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Last year the strongest material in the world was revealed: carbyne. Carbyne is a chain of carbon atoms held together by either double or alternating single and triple atomic bonds. Whereas its carbon cousin graphene is two-dimensional, carbyne is one-dimensional.

While this may get some wondering when we can get that material in some of our beloved products that are more fragile than we would like, there’s just one catch, and it’s a big one: it’s nearly impossible to produce carbyne outside of computer models.

Carbyne has been encountered in highly compressed graphite and there have been some demonstrations of the material being synthesized at room temperature. However, it’s not clear how it could be produced in bulk.
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 12:24 PM   #452
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If this graphene can be used in the automotive industry, uni of warwick should open a research centre. Jaguar Land Rover, first cars made from graphene
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 01:33 PM   #453
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Until Carbyne can be established in bulk you mean??

http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/s...operties-grows
Hm, well it sounds like it's a way off yet - hopefully we can milk graphene for as long as possible

Is Carbyne conductive as well as flexible?
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 01:37 PM   #454
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Pictures by nq, he apologises for the dark clouds. Core rising. Looks to be up to the 12th/13th floors, so it's got a way to go yet (this is the 31 storey element). It'll start to be visible from across the city before long.





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VDB any idea how many Cranes are up in Manchester at the moment?
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13 as of January 16th - within 3 miles of Albert Square.

It's slipped quite a bit recently, but we're currently about to embark on another "wave" of development, so should start to climb again soon.
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New city district nearing completion. This is home to a new boutique cinema and arts complex; Home, as well as apartments, student accommodation, a hotel and offices.

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Mmmmm ...
May you expand on your point?...
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May you expand on your point?...
Might have something to do with that last sentence
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Might have something to do with that last sentence
It's my pesonal view, and probably the view of fellow Mancunians on this forum. You may think Birmingham is the city to watch out for - and that's fine - however, that's your and Birmingham's view, which I will respect and value.
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