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Again you are missing the point...so if someone unprofessional and unqualified guy is doing it for half the money...does that mean the good ones are out of business now? If no...then they do some job atleast or have all the highrises in pakistan been developed by civil engineers?...so where is it? Tell me one highrise that was built by the non-unprofessionals and that can be referred to as brilliant or eye-catching?

It not that I am getting jobless. Why did I refer to RIBA btw? It is because there is a strong institution in UK that does not allow anyone else than architects to design structure. Civil Engineers and contractor have a differenet role to play and not design it the way architects do. The problem here is that professionals others than architects tend to poke their nose in our work. My point is why should they get a project, how could they even in half the money! The result is that building may not turn out to be very eye catching and rather eye-sores. Your mentioning my point in the other way around. There are so many examples of such nose-poking, largely in smaller projects which are not known to you all, but major examples are the low-rise commercial buildings in the Blue Area. There are so many of them! Find one youself.
 

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Prime examples of what I am talking about.


State life tower and Shaheed-e-millat secretariat.
These are mid-risers, try quoting the low-rise building on the other side of the road. Those are the one Im talking about mossly designed by non-professionals!

Its is very difficult that non-professional can get hold of a mid-rise projects.

It is State Life Building & not State life tower, that will cause a confusion.
 

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How Did They Build That - Tall Buildings
http://www.teachers.tv/video/24795

A video documentary about ancient skyscrapers in Italy, early tall buildings in liverpool and the smart design of the commerz bank tower in frankfurt. A nice watch!
 

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I saw a long Discovery episode on the construction of the Turning Torso building mentioned by UnitedPakistan on the first page.

If anyone can find a link to that, it's an awesome episode. I'll try to find the link later if anybody dosen't beat me to it.
Extreme Engineering- The Turning Torso

Part 1


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4


Part 5
 

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A video about the use of concrete from ancient times to modern times.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?d...+construction&ei=F3g4SLCZNYWcigLgu9jtAw&hl=en

including a cool design of the Railway station at Lyon airport.
Just finished watching that documentary. Very informative! The Satolas TGV railway station at Lyon airport is absolutely stunning. I can't believe it's built from concrete.

The documentary has nice info on reinforced concrete. We should build a similar train station at one of our air ports.
 

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An upside down house is seen in Trassenheide, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008. The house was built to enable an alternative view on everyday life for visitors. (AP Photo/Frank Hormann)
 

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Shanghai tower named year’s best skyscraper

The Shanghai World Financial Centre, the world’s second-tallest building that some say resembles an elegant bottle opener, was named on Thursday by architects as the best skyscraper completed this year.

“The simplicity of its form as well as its size dramatises the idea of the skyscraper,” said Carol Willis of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an international group of architects and engineers.

The Shanghai tower was design by architectural firm Kohn Pederson Fox Associates, which was founded in New York and has offices worldwide. Architect Tim Johnson, who led the council’s selection committee, cited the building’s innovative structural design. Steel trusses gird against the forces of wind and earthquake and “made the building lighter, made it use less steel, and contributed to its sustainability,” he said in an interview.

“The tower’s tapered form creates the impression it is dissolving into the heavens,” he added. The Council on Tall Buildings is the body that determines the world’s tallest building — a designation that seems to jump around the globe and will soon shift to Dubai.

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