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This on tonight, 10.40pm BBC1:

Here's a sight you don't see every day: Alan Yentob donning a gorilla suit to guide us round the Empire State Building. And that's not even the strangest part of this film about skyscrapers. One archive clip is even more bizarre, showing as it does the leading American architects of 1931 gathered for a party dressed as their own buildings. The programme has some fascinating stretches, such as a trip to see the massive lift machinery of the Woolworth building, still working beautifully 93 years after it was installed. But there's the odd longueur, too, perhaps as a result of spreading the story over three films (the second is next Wednesday). Even so, anyone who loves great buildings will be enthralled.
 

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It's San Gimignano, in Tuscany :)

 

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They completely omitted the steel framed mills and warehouses, pioneered in Britain in the 19th century. Kinda relevant.

I liked the obtuse reference Gothic.. "sites dedicated to cataloguing such things" or something. Great.

You can never tire of seeing Woolworth, Chrysler, ESB et al pure delight.
 

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sorry lads, been up to my eyes lately so not able to contribute. Anyway talking about tall buildings, can any of you answer these:

LEVER BUILDING:
WHERE IS IT, WHO DID IT?

BIG JOHN
WHERE IS IT, WHO DID IT?

WALTER NETSCH
WHO IS HE, WHAT SKYSCRAPER DID HE DO?

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2
WHAT BUILDING DID TOM CRUISE DROP THROUGH THE ROOF VENTS, WHERE IS IT, WHO DID IT?

SALOMONIC
WHAT'S IT MEAN?

WILLIAM PEREIRA AND ASSOCIATES
WHAT DID THEY DO,WHERE?
 

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yeah, its a pity they didnt give us a more explicit reference, or skyscrapercity but thats life. not everyone pastes it up on screen.

alan - which lever building?
 

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aland said:
sorry lads, been up to my eyes lately so not able to contribute. Anyway talking about tall buildings, can any of you answer these:

LEVER BUILDING:
WHERE IS IT, WHO DID IT?

BIG JOHN
WHERE IS IT, WHO DID IT?

WALTER NETSCH
WHO IS HE, WHAT SKYSCRAPER DID HE DO?

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2
WHAT BUILDING DID TOM CRUISE DROP THROUGH THE ROOF VENTS, WHERE IS IT, WHO DID IT?

SALOMONIC
WHAT'S IT MEAN?

WILLIAM PEREIRA AND ASSOCIATES
WHAT DID THEY DO,WHERE?

LEVER BUILDING WHERE IS IT, WHO DID IT?
LEVER BUILDING
high-rise building
architects
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Gordon Bunshaft
address
United States of America
New York
New York City
New York City-Manhattan
390 Park Avenue
zwischen 52nd und 53rd Street
http://www.archinform.net/projekte/2879.htm?ID=SfVdlH68ePGWBcZM

BIG JOHN WHERE IS IT, WHO DID IT?

Known locally as 'Big John', the John Hancock Center is probably the Chicagoans favorite skyscraper. The 100 - story building, completed in 1969, has a remarkable design, with the huge X-braces serving both a structural and a visual purpose. Visually, it gives the impression of stability and it moves the eye away from the human-sized windows.
The construction was designed by the engineer Fazlur Kahn and architect Bruce Graham from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

WALTER NETSCH WHO IS HE, WHAT SKYSCRAPER DID HE DO?

Walter Netsch was born in 1920 in Chicago and studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon graduation in 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Returning to civilian life in 1946, he took a job with L. Morgan Yost, a residential architect practicing in the suburbs of Chicago. In 1947 he joined the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. In 1951, he transferred to the Chicago office of SOM, where he became partner and developed his innovative architectural aesthetic, known as "field theory." Netsch worked at SOM until retiring in 1979. Netsch's career included such important commissions as the U. S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; the University of Illinois, Chicago; The Art Institute of Chicago's East Wing; and the Regenstein Libraries at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Since retiring from SOM, he maintains a consulting practice in Chicago. Netsch was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1967.


MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2
WHAT BUILDING DID TOM CRUISE DROP THROUGH THE ROOF VENTS, WHERE IS IT, WHO DID IT?

this is a trick question alan d ;)

Woo says that only two scenes in MI2 required significant CG work: one in which Tom Cruise jumps from a helicopter, crashes through an open roof, and slides down a shaft in the middle of an office building, and another in which Cruise exits the building by leaping from the roof with a parachute

SALOMONIC
WHAT'S IT MEAN?

The high altar
In the high altar of Santa Teresa Church, we find the triumph of the Salomonic column as well as in two wonderful lateral retablos of only one body. They are probably work of Diego Martinez de Oviedo who ordered the main retablo in 1674. Making this work even more beautiful, we find the façade, the tabernacle and the silver small steps that were worked by an anonymous master of Cusco in the second half of the XVIII century


WILLIAM PEREIRA AND ASSOCIATES
WHAT DID THEY DO,WHERE?
One of California's most famous architects, Pereira is best known for his futuristic, space-age designs like the Transamerica Pyramid, Los Angeles Airport's Theme Building, and the University of California, Irvine campus. His company was inherited by architects Scott Johnson and Bill Fain upon his death in 1985, and exists today as Johnson Fain & Partners.http://www.emporis.com/en/cd/cm/?id=101038
 

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oh you mean the international one in new york, SOM, 1952. everyone knows that. lol. netsch is one of their most famous architects, only one i can think of by him is the famous american airforce chapel.
i assume youre also talking about salomonic masonry.
mi2 skyscraper was in sydney i think, dont know which as i never paid any attention to the film.
the rest i dunno.
 

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Woo says that only two scenes in MI2 required significant CG work: one in which Tom Cruise jumps from a helicopter, crashes through an open roof, and slides down a shaft in the middle of an office building,

That's it, where is it, who did it?...............smarty pants :)

Robert Hughes called it the best skyscraper in Australia

Walter Netsch was the original architect of Inland Steel, in my view the most beautiful of the modern skyscrapers in North America and the best building in Chicago.

Bruce Graham took over when Walter went to design the Airforce Chapel in Colorado
 

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MI2: Sydneys Governor Philip Tower, completed 1993 and designed so as not to interfere with the remnants of Arthur Philips Government House (the guy who brought the first English settlers to Sydney in 1788) ...sumthin to be said for that ;)
 

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developer: State Authorities Superannuation Board
architect: Denton Corker Marshall Pty Ltd
general contractor: Grocon Constructors Pty Ltd
structural engineering: Ove Arup & Partners
facade engineering: Arup Australasia
lighting consultant: Norman Disney & Young
consultancy: Norman Disney & Young
elevator consultant: Norman Disney & Young
facade supplier: Permasteelisa Pty Ltd
tenant: The Boston Consulting Group
 

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obviously too easy with the net right enough, gothic.

Try this then

What high rise building in North West America fucked up a whole generation of architects who qualified in 1985/ 86, who were seduced by beautiful drawings which led them through a doorway marked "post moderist claptrap" before they understood what form follows function really means?
 

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public services building, portland, oregon? thats the only significant one from that area and locale that springs to mind.
 
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