Gary Barnett, the founder and president of Extell Development Company, likely knew what he was getting into when he showed up to a recent town hall on super-tall skyscrapers rising in New York. The hundreds of people who crowded into a room at the New York Public Library were not there to praise these soaring towers. They were there to see what could be done to stop more from rising.
The town hall, which was organized by Manhattan Community Board 5, was focused on the long, dark shadows that these new buildings will cast deep into Central Park. Barnett’s company is behind two of the projects, but on the rainy February night, he was the face of all of them.
One of Extell’s towers is the nearly completed Christian de Portzamparc–designed One57, which is already blocking sunlight in Central Park. A panelist at the event, journalist Warren St. John, has experienced this firsthand. He told the crowd about the shadows that fell across the park as he tried to play with his daughter on a recent afternoon.
The shadow effect of the rising city.
Despite being famous for its curvy addition to London’s skyline, there’s actually only one piece of curved glass in the Gherkin - the cap on the top.
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How many days (answer here) do you think it would take to build this huge skyscraper?
The SkyCity One will be 838 meters and 220 stories tall, and in addition to housing for 30,000 people, will contain space for offices, shops, restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals and such. It will have internal “roads” or walk-ways connecting the first and 150th floor, communal spaces in the core of each floor, courtyards for sports, and “Sky Gardens” on five of its floors.
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In 1980 Shanghai had no skyscrapers. It now has at least 4,000 — more than twice as many as New York.
According to early design images leaked online, this rental tower in Toronto will have 580 suites with 580 bicycle parking spaces, but no car parking as it’s located right next to a subway station.
As Eastern cities stretch higher and higher, the West has a bit of obsession with protecting skylines (read all about it on This Big City). Should we have height restrictions, or cities our cities be allowed to freely evolve?
London’s 30 St Mary Axe, or the Gherkin as it is affectionately known, creeps into view down one of east London’s side streets.
By Joe Peach
As a 610 metre tall twisted metal lattice, China’s Guangzhou TV Tower is a frighteningly - and unsurprisingly - complex building. Each of its 1,104 metal joints are different, and its foundation contains 600 electronic sensors embedded into it to monitor movement. Despite this, the restaurant on the upper level does not serve soup as the liquid’s movement alerts diners to the gentle sway of the building.
Image courtesy of shanghaisound on flickr.
By Joe Peach