Archive for February, 2009

Dubai to Build the World's Largest and Tallest Arch Bridge

Nothing beats Dubai in terms of creating the future’s urban landscape. The world’s one and only 7-star hotel? Check. Artificial islands in the shape of a palm tree? Check. Dubai is also planning to build the world’s first ever rotating tower. And in 2012, the booming city will also become home to the world’s largest and tallest arch bridge.The Roads and Transport Authority of the United Arab Emirates selected Fxfowle’s (New York architecture firm) proposal for the design of an astonishing and un…

5 Longest Bridges in the World

In this highly globalized world, one can take a bridge as symbolizing a no-border world. The beautiful bridges – whether beam, cantilever, arch, suspension, truss, or cable-stayed bridges – are a concrete reminder that everything is reachable. Here are the 5 longest bridges in the world over water:1. Lake Pontchartrain CausewayThe twin spans of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway are the world’s longest bridges. The longer of the twin bridges is 23.87 miles long. Crossing Lake Pontchartrain in south…

Akashi-Kaikyo Suspension Bridge

The Akashi-Kaikyo suspension bridge in Japan currently holds the distinction as the world’s longest spanning suspension bridge. Also known as the Pearl Bridge, its main span is 1,991 meters long (equivalent to four Brooklyn Bridges). Not only that, the bridge’s two towers are also extremely tall. At 928 feet, they are higher compared to any other bridge towers in the world. The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge opened for traffic on April 5, 1998 to join Maiko in Kobe and Iwaya on Awaji Island. HistoryBefore…

The Quebec Bridge

The Quebec Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in Quebec. It opened for traffic on December 3, 1917, after nearly two decades of planning and construction. It was major engineering achievement in its day, was considered as the eighth Wonder of the World upon its completion. Providing a vital link between the lower Saint Lawrence River and Quebec City, the Quebec Bridge remains as one of the greatest bridges in the world. Design and structureThe Quebec Bridge is a riveted steel truss struc…

Campuses Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted was an American journalist and landscape architect. He generally held as the father of American landscape architecture. Olmsted is famous for designing world-renowned urban parks such as Central Park in New York. Olmsted is also famous for changing the face of college campuses in the US. Colleges and UniversitiesCampuses do not actually need a huge lawn. A lot of campuses in cities do not have sprawling gardens. Fortunately Olmsted saw the importance of natural topography….

New Urbanism City Design

New Urbanism is an approach to community planning or designing towns, cities or neighborhoods. New Urbanism actually has actually been around since the 80s, but its principles are much older. New Urbanist Communities                                               New Urbanist communities are designed to:Eliminate (urban) sprawlingReduce trafficBe accessible (walk-able)Foster a sense of community closeness (buildings are so arranged)Promote “green” living by stressing the importance of environment…

Parque Güell

In the beautiful city of Barcelona in Northeast Spain lays this amazing garden complex known as Parque Güell.Parque Güell or Guell Park was designed by world-renowned Spanish (Modernist) architect Antoni Gaudí. Guell Park was commissioned by Count Eusbei Guell with the intention of making it a part of a housing site. This endeavor was commercially unsuccessful so the park was sold to the city of Barcelona where people can visit for free (though they have to pay a fee to check old Gaudi’s old hou…

World's Most Spectacular Houses

The typical house consists of a roof, walls, and floors. Most houses have rooms with specialized functions – e.g. for sleeping, bathing, washing, etc. People in general are amenable to this typical structure perhaps because it serves its purpose of “a roof over one’s head” or “serving as a family hearth and home” – only deviating from this basic design by varying in size (usually becoming larger), displaying various decorations, adding to or reducing the number of rooms, etc. The the changes in …

The Mode Gakuen Spiral Towers

The Mode Gakuen Spiral Towers is a strikingly new skyscraper that dotes the Nagoya skyline. The said building, which opened on February of 2009, offers a unique architectural feature on the busy streets streets of the bustling city in Japan. It stunning design makes the Mode Gakuen Spiral Towers quite something to behold. The new skyscraper is all of 36 stories high and standing 170 meters tall. The said skyscraper was built by the design firm Nikken Sekkei and is noted for its twisting or spir…

The Bahrain World Trade Center

The Bahrain World Trade Center building is a fairly new structure that now dominates the skyline in this relatively small but rich Middle East island country. Located in the capital city of Manama, the said building is a 50 story twin tower complex standing 240 meters high. The building was designed by Shaun Killa, an architect from South Africa. Design FeaturesThe Bahrain World Trade Center building is notable in that it is the first ever building in the world to integrate the use of wind turbi…