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224-story skyscraper would be high point for architect
The Los Angeles Times ^

Posted on 09/18/2009 7:36:26 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

A Santa Monica architect known for his high-rise designs is working on what may be the ultimate "spec" building -- a 224-story skyscraper with green ambitions that would be the tallest structure in the world.

The tower is envisioned for a man-made island in Abu Dhabi, if leaders of the oil-rich emirate decide they want to make a statement to rest of the world and perhaps one-up neighboring Dubai.

A conceptual design for the $3.5-billion project in the United Arab Emirates is under consideration by an Abu Dhabi planning committee, said Tommy Landau, the architect who created the design and is part of an unusual team of U.S. real estate players trying to get the ambitious project launched.

Landau knows it might be several years before construction starts -- if it starts at all. But he's not in a rush.

"This would be my swan song, my goodbye thing," the 72-year-old architect said.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: architecture; skyscraper; uae

1 posted on 09/18/2009 7:36:27 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

They might want to keep that money in hand to deal with any economic downturn.


2 posted on 09/18/2009 7:38:08 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: MinorityRepublican
The UAE’s got a few projects.
3 posted on 09/18/2009 7:39:22 PM PDT by allmost
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To: MinorityRepublican

“...a 224-story skyscraper with green ambitions.”

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But of course.

EVERY breath of air and each and every single heartbeat, across the globe, must first have its “green” quality considered.


4 posted on 09/18/2009 7:39:25 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: MinorityRepublican
Santa Monica architect known for his high-rise designs

Good thing he's designed it for Achmedville....'cause he sure wouldn't want his lifetime project that close to the San Andreas fault.

5 posted on 09/18/2009 7:40:35 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not an Obama "Administration"....it's a "Regime")
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To: allmost
The UAE’s got a few projects.

They're building some pretty cool stuff over there. I've been to Dubai 7 or 8 times (though never to Abu Dhabi) and every time I've stepped off the boat in Jebel Ali and taken a taxi up Sheikh Zayed Rd., I'm always awestruck at the construction that's going on.

6 posted on 09/18/2009 7:49:47 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: MinorityRepublican

7 posted on 09/18/2009 7:52:44 PM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: Drew68
They're building some pretty cool stuff over there. I've been to Dubai 7 or 8 times (though never to Abu Dhabi) and every time I've stepped off the boat in Jebel Ali and taken a taxi up Sheikh Zayed Rd., I'm always awestruck at the construction that's going on.

You're in the navy?

8 posted on 09/18/2009 7:56:17 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

“This would be my swan song, my goodbye thing,”

In this economy it’s more like a dead duck.


9 posted on 09/18/2009 7:57:47 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Drew68

I think they ran into funding issues. At least that’s what I’ve been reading. Currently of course.


10 posted on 09/18/2009 8:00:03 PM PDT by allmost
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To: MinorityRepublican

They can’t get the tenants to occupy the buildings they already have, so I can’t see such a monster rising anytime soon.


11 posted on 09/18/2009 8:03:08 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I’d be afraid that the zealot Baptist or Catholic suicide bombers would fly super jets into it and bring it down.


12 posted on 09/18/2009 8:05:44 PM PDT by vetvetdoug (FUBO....a fashion statement for Conservatives.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Would it be built on sand? That sucker would have to have piles that would dwarf mine.


13 posted on 09/18/2009 8:06:21 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: allmost
I think they ran into funding issues. At least that’s what I’ve been reading. Currently of course.

Chicago Spire ran into funding issues. Donald Trump was lucky to get his 96 story tower built in Chicago just before the global financial meltdown.

14 posted on 09/18/2009 8:06:28 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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You're in the navy?

Yep. And Jebel Ali/Dubai hosts more US Navy ships than any other country outside the United States. It's by far my favorite port.

15 posted on 09/18/2009 8:07:40 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: vetvetdoug
I’d be afraid that the zealot Baptist or Catholic suicide bombers would fly super jets into it and bring it down.


16 posted on 09/18/2009 8:09:20 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

With the reversal of any semblance of missile defense. It turns out they were all going the wrong way.


17 posted on 09/18/2009 8:09:25 PM PDT by allmost
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To: allmost
I think they ran into funding issues. At least that’s what I’ve been reading. Currently of course.

Yeah, a lot of unfinished buildings right now. Hopefully just a temporary condition.

18 posted on 09/18/2009 8:10:23 PM PDT by Drew68
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If they went down instead of up they’d be near full.


19 posted on 09/18/2009 8:11:50 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Drew68
Yeah, a lot of unfinished buildings right now. Hopefully just a temporary condition.

Unlikely.

The great asset bubble during the Late-2000s recession.

* 1 - Central banks gold reserves ($0.845 trillion)

* 2 - M0 (paper money) ($3.9 trillion)

* 3 - Traditional (fractional reserve) banking assets ($39 trillion)

* 4 - shadow banking assets ($62 trillion)

* 5 - other assets ($290 trillion)

* 6 - Bail-out money (early 2009) ($1.9 trillion)

20 posted on 09/18/2009 8:15:49 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Please don’t spoil my birthplace with such a monster eye sore! Santa Monica should reject this project in a second. If not pray for the next Richter 7.0+ earth quake to really take care of the mess. Just don’t build it too close to the pier, please, as I’d hate to see it damaged by this brain fart.


21 posted on 09/18/2009 8:51:41 PM PDT by jws3sticks (Sarah Palin forever!)
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Are you kidding? Nothing this spectacular will be built in the USA again. This is all arab land stuff.


22 posted on 09/18/2009 8:54:00 PM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: MinorityRepublican

bttt


23 posted on 09/19/2009 9:44:12 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Tolsti2
Are you kidding? Nothing this spectacular will be built in the USA again. This is all arab land stuff.

I hate to agree with you. Arabia and Asia seem to be where all the truly awe-inspiring construction projects are happening these days while American cities age, depopulate and slowly turn into slums.

24 posted on 09/19/2009 9:51:56 AM PDT by Drew68
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Even Dallas, which has been doing ok and is still building up, is only building smaller buildings these days. They are decent, but not more than 20-30 stories it seems. Certainly nothing as nice as during the 80’s build up.

It makes me sad that we’re in such a bad situation and people have kinda given up in general in this generation.


25 posted on 09/19/2009 11:28:20 AM PDT by Tolsti2
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Even Dallas, which has been doing ok and is still building up, is only building smaller buildings these days. They are decent, but not more than 20-30 stories it seems. Certainly nothing as nice as during the 80’s build up.

How do you fill space in a 100 story skyscrapers nowadays?

26 posted on 09/19/2009 11:32:01 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: Tolsti2
It makes me sad that we’re in such a bad situation and people have kinda given up in general in this generation.

I was recently in Kiev and even poor Ukraine is knocking down many of those old Soviet-era concrete monstrosities and building beautiful glass and steel towers. The Kiev skyline was dotted with cranes.

27 posted on 09/19/2009 11:40:19 AM PDT by Drew68
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