Chinese construction company to build world’s tallest building in 90 days

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Broad Sustainable Building, a construction company in China, has announced plans to build the world’s tallest building…in just 90 days. When finished, it will be 220 stories high, 10 meters taller than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

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1,000 times faster computers by 2013

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 IBM is developing “skyscraper” computers using huge sandwiches of silicon chips.

Get read  for next-generation computers and smartphones that are up to 1,000 times faster than the systems you use today. Computer maker IBM is developing “skyscraper” computers using huge sandwiches of silicon chips by sticking layer after layer of chips covered with tiny components together. The process, for which IBM has roped in glue maker 3M, will make PCs and smartphones up to 1,000 times faster than the existing ones and are expected to be available in market by 2013.

 

 

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Rain Collecting Skyscraper Cuts Water Usage

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Rain is an under valued resource.

Gutters aren’t pretty. Most architects, given the choice, try to find a way to conceal them so they don’t turn an elegant roofline into a clunky mess. But when it comes to the ‘Capture the Rain’ skyscraper, gutters are perhaps the most important element of the structure, and they’ve been integrated in a way that makes them a design statement of their own accord.

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Skyscraper Building Boom in China

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Shanghai Tower illustrations are displayed outside its construction site in Shanghai.

 Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao, in Chicago today, will see a city famed as the birthplace of the skyscraper, for decades the towering symbol of U.S. economic ambition and power. These days, China has taken over as the skyscraper’s home.

 

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Ecobitat – Skyscraper with Portable Housing

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Ecobitat

As the space in our cities disappears little by little, a young architect named Felipe Campolina, came up with a solution, which not only is beautiful it also minimizes the impact on nature. Felipe inspired himself from a movement in Japan postwar. In the 50s, there was a group of architects called Metabolist. They worked with prefabricated units. Having this noted down, Felipe started the design of a portable house unit.  (pics)

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City Respiration Skyscraper: Algae-Powered Skyscraper Filters Air in Polluted Cities

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City Respiration Skyscraper

The ‘City Respiration Skyscraper’ designed by Czech architects Pavlína Doležalová and Jan Smékal is a helicoidal  240 meter-high structure designed to clean the air of the most polluted cities worldwide. Its primary structure is a concrete ribbon covered by air-cleaning algae. The outer cellular structure is a three-dimensional cluster of individual concrete three-spike units inspired by sea sponges.  

 

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Lotte Super Tower 123: Asia’s Tallest Skyscraper To Be Completed In 2014

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South Korea’s super skyscraper

A new super skyscraper has just been announced for South Korea and will tower over all other buildings in Asia when it is complete in 2014. From a global perspective, Lotte Super Tower 123, designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, falls just short of taking the title, and will be not the tallest but the  second tallest skyscraper in the world. The structure will serve as the new corporate headquarters for the Lotte Group, whose subsidairy, Lotte Construction, will build it. Zoning has been approved and excavation is nearly complete. With aims towards LEED silver certification, the tower will have a strong environmental component and will offer Seoulians mixed-use areas such as shops, apartments, offices and a hotel. (Pics)

 

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