Shape-Shifting Skyscraper Plan

  1. lisab

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    "Shape-Shifting" Skyscraper Plan

    Architects have revealed a plan to build a skyscraper in Dubai that changes shape:

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/06/25/duibai.tower/index.html

    In the article there's a link to an animation of the building twisting around. Wow!

    Apartments are a bargain - from $4 million to $40 million :eek: .
     
  2. jcsd
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    That's pretty bad@ss... Why aren't we doing stuff like this??
     
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    Dubai is like that spoiled rich kid in High School who gets stuff for free because of rich parents and thinks that makes him superior.

    Is there anything in Dubai besides oil?
     
  5. Re: "Shape-Shifting" Skyscraper Plan

    Actually.........there is depleating oil in Dubai. Hence why they are a huge market for port and trades.
     
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    Because despite what people would have you believe, the US is pretty far behind when it comes to technology. Europe gets better medicine faster, Japan is ahead in electronics. Everybody has better cars.

    When camera cell phones came out here in the US, Japan already had the ones where you can make movies for years.
     
  7. cristo

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    Indeed. One thing that comes to mind is SMS: you guys were way behind even us Europeans on that!
     
  8. Chi Meson

    Chi Meson 1,772
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    I guess neither of you noticed that the building was designed by New York Architect David Fisher's company, Dynamic Group.
     
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    .. is that manufacturing the technology, or developing it? Don't we {the US} export most of our idea's anyway..??
     
  10. turbo

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    I wonder how "real" this project is.
     
  11. Greg Bernhardt

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    Saw this on FOX too. The CGI version looks incredible. Dubai is crazy so I don't have any reason to believe this isn't in the works.
     
  12. Kurdt

    Kurdt 4,941
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    The guys in Dubai are crazy. What a way to spend money.
     
  14. edward

    edward 1,003
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    Gees and just think, we helped make them rich.

    Hmmm can it dodge airplanes?:surprised
     
  15. turbo

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    Think it can dodge earthquakes and typhoons?
     
  16. brewnog

    brewnog 2,793
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    Not sure there's a great earthquake risk in Dubai...
     
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    why not build houses for the imported workers? why not spend money on science & research? but no they go and spend it on silly things like this.
     
  18. mgb_phys

    mgb_phys 8,952
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    They aren't spending money - they are making money.
    They intend to sell the apartments for $LARGE = significantly more than $COST.
     
  19. edward

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  20. Astronuc

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    I wonder if they'll use a Microsoft Windows OS? Vista? :biggrin:
     
  21. turbo

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    Maybe they'll fall back on the venerable Allen-Bradley PLCs.... :rolleyes:

    We had those on our paper machine, and they were kept in a room called the "white room". Every time an electrician/engineer/logic-programmer got paged to the "white room" a certain song rolled through my head, sometimes staying for the rest of the shift unless I could listen to some other music to reprogram the lizard part of my brain.
     
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