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The Dynamic Tower will really stand out from an already impressive Dubai skyline (shown here in an artist's rendering).  (Source: Dynamic Architecture by David Fischer)

The prefabricated units will not only decrease cost but, driven by wind power, allow a moving design as shown here in a time-lapse artist rendition.  (Source: Dynamic Architecture by David Fischer)
Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a... really weird looking skyscraper

A new and bizarre building is coming to the skyscraper bejeweled landscape of Dubai.  In Dubai, home to one of the world's most impressive skylines and many of the world's tallest skyscrapers (Emirates Towers, the Burj Dubai, the Palm Islands and the world's tallest, and most expensive hotel, the Burj Al Arab), big buildings are not unusual.  However, the dynamic tower is anything but your average big building.

Architects from the New York-based architect David Fisher's Dynamic Group have announced plans for the new tower in Dubai.  The tower will be 420 m tall at its time of completion making it among the tallest projects in the world it will also be 80 stories tall.

While those stats are impressive but not unusual, the construction approach is where things start to get weird.  First the building is composed of a series of prefabricated units.  Between each floor are arrays of wind turbines.  The energy from these turbines is used to allow each unit to rotate on whim, creating an organic design in motion.

Explains Fischer, "You can adjust the shape the way you like every given moment.  It's not a piece of architecture somebody designed today and that's it. It remains forever. It's designed by life, shaped by time."

If the tower's unique design attracts you, perhaps the sky-high price tag may turn you off.  If you want to buy an apartment in the tower, you will pay $3,000 per square foot, making the apartments range from $4M USD to $40M USD.

The tower will be completed in 2010 according to plans.  Those looking to experience the rotating design may soon find it coming to their own content.  Fischer claims to be in advanced talks to place a second similar tower in Moscow, Russia, and says he plans to put one in New York.  He also claims Canada, Europe and South Korea have all expressed interest in the design.

Some are critical of Fischer's plans.  While he is a well-respected architect, he has never built a skyscraper before.  They wonder if his Roarkian quest can really succeed, despite his experienced staff of engineers and architects from the United Kingdom and India.

Fischer has received a development license from Dubai, but is being secretive about the construction site.  The Moscow mayor's office says it is considering the project and that no official decision has been made.

The architecture style of Fischer is truly radical -- he advertises prefabricated architecture as the "future of architecture".  Prefab architecture allows for faster, more environmentally friendly construction, allowing a floor to be put up in only 7 days, much faster than normal.

He said that the method will allow him to cut the construction crew from the typical 2,000 or more members to a modest 600 workers and 80 technicians.  Fischer states on the Dynamic website, "It is unbelievable that real estate and construction, which is the leading sector of the world economy, is also the most primitive."

"Most workers throughout the world still regularly use trowels that was first used by the Egyptians and then by the Romans. Buildings should not be different than any other product, and from now on they will be manufactured in a production facility."

The new project should provide an intriguing look at one vision of the future of architecture.  If it succeeds, it will be one more crown jewel for Dubai, which has the world's largest mall, the world's largest snow park, and soon to the be the world's largest hotel (and temporarily the world's largest building) when the Burj is complete in 2009.  Dubai has strong oil profits, large international investment, and strong immigration to thank for this good fortune.

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Dubai is amazing
By ImSpartacus on 6/29/2008 1:23:59 PM , Rating: 2
Dubai really has sprung up sweet tourist area. They have those crazy artificial islands and plenty of other stuff planned.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By James Holden on 6/29/2008 1:32:08 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately they ruined their nearly pristine coast to build those islands, which are sort of a joke as is. Dubai doubled the number of residences on the islands to make them more profitable -- and surprisingly nobody likes being packed like sardines on an island that has to be constantly rebuilt.

Combined with all the pollution and gimicky architecture like this, I'm actually more turned off Dubai than I ever was!

RE: Dubai is amazing
By jconan on 6/29/2008 3:14:30 PM , Rating: 2
At least Dubai still trumps some other cities in terms of turning a desert into one that architectural awe and livable. Las Vegas is still unique but it is starting to look better than New York and some other metropolitan areas... The pristine coast line wouldn't have been anything useful anyway. Most of the middle east is desert unlike thousands and thousands of years ago when it was green in the Mesopotamia.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By cochy on 6/29/2008 9:54:17 PM , Rating: 5
That's what you get when crude is $150 a barrel.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By KristopherKubicki on 6/30/2008 8:53:17 AM , Rating: 4
Las Vegas is still unique but it is starting to look better than New York and some other metropolitan areas...

No public transportation, no water, horrible traffic, little culture, no neighborhoods, pollution, high crime, one of the worst education systems in the country, no professional sports, the worst airport in recorded history -- wait what makes LV better than New York again?

The pristine coast line wouldn't have been anything useful anyway.

Dubai was pretty much a tourist spot before it was an oil capital. They did the equivalent up ripping up Miami's beaches to build those islands, in my opinion.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By masher2 on 6/30/2008 10:02:11 AM , Rating: 5
> "They did the equivalent up ripping up Miami's beaches to build those islands, in my opinion. "

But they have the old beaches, plus the new ones created by building the Dubai Palms. They truly got the best of both worlds there.

> "No public transportation...high crime..."

I won't speak to the rest of your list, but Las Vegas per capita crime statistics are-- like any tourist destination -- skewed high by the huge numbers of visitors, which don't count towards the city population even though they increase crime.

The number of visitors in Vegas is truly staggering...there are more hotel rooms available than New York and Chicago combined.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By oab on 7/3/2008 2:06:50 AM , Rating: 2
The Vatican has one of the highest crime rates in the world. But not because lots of crime happens (violent crime), there's lots of pick-pocketing going on, and lots of police reports filed because of it.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By Lightning III on 7/1/2008 1:44:58 PM , Rating: 4
No winter less assholes give me Vegas over NY any day

RE: Dubai is amazing
By Dasickninja on 7/3/2008 6:46:07 AM , Rating: 2
Dubai was a fishing village before it was an oil capitol.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By xphile on 7/3/2008 9:42:06 PM , Rating: 2
It's still a fishing village - now they fish for billionaires looking to spend some money.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By Flunk on 6/29/2008 3:36:57 PM , Rating: 3
Did you see their coast before? Pristine is not the word I would use to describe it. Maybe desolate, empty, sandspit?

RE: Dubai is amazing
By Ringold on 6/29/2008 3:53:25 PM , Rating: 3
I have to wonder if he saw how they lived before. Not all that long ago, they were living little different than their forefathers a thousand years ago.

And yet today, people from around the world (including me) include Dubai on the short-list of international places they'd be willing to go work.

Can't please some people. I hate to link to the same strip for the 3rd time at DT, but it just approximates so many peoples apparent attitude.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By B3an on 6/29/2008 9:20:11 PM , Rating: 2
It's amazing compared to the area just 15 years ago. It was nothing back then, empty and lifeless. And i'd much prefer "gimicky architecture" over the usal unimaginative concrete slabs you see around cities.

What i find just as odd is how James Holden's comment has a 5 rating... WTF?

RE: Dubai is amazing
By masher2 on 6/29/2008 5:27:31 PM , Rating: 3
> "Did you see their coast before? Pristine is not the word I would use to describe it. Maybe desolate, empty, sandspit?"

Exactly so. Dubai is transforming wretched, worthless coastline into one of the most beautiful spots on earth. It's a truly glorious engineering achievement, as well as one that will ultimately reap them great economic rewards.

Unfortunately, to those who believe mankind and all his works are harmful and disgusting, projects such as the Dubai Palms and Burj Dubai -- tallest building on Earth -- are symbols to be despised. They've succeeded in preventing such projects from ever happening in Europe or the US, but they won't be happy until the entire planet wallows in their own degraded philosphy.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By yacoub on 6/29/2008 5:58:23 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah hey guys, Babylon's gotta be rebuilt somehow. Just because it is being built on your petro-dollars doesn't mean anything either way... lol

RE: Dubai is amazing
By EglsFly on 6/29/2008 6:13:44 PM , Rating: 3
Well at least I know where all the money I spend on Gasoline and Oil is going to...

RE: Dubai is amazing
By Hakuryu on 6/30/2008 12:41:00 PM , Rating: 2
On the Discovery channel they were doing a thing on ancient machines, and one of them was an elephant water clock. This clock has many moving parts, all powered by water and gravity, and they decided to build a fully working version at scale (as big as a real elephant). It cost them millions to have it made, and it sits in a mall along with other centerpieces.

Imagine a mall in the US with a centerpiece costing $100 grand let alone multiple things costing millions apiece. They sure must need to increase the cost of gas, because I saw a few empty spots in that mall.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By Nyamekye on 6/29/2008 7:43:26 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm, it's like the new Babylonian tower. I hope it doesn't fall down.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By BiuTech on 6/30/2008 4:46:53 AM , Rating: 2
...and the foolish man built his house upon the sand. The engineering is truly amazing, but you gotta wonder. I'd be a little unnerved living on a man-built island. 'Just a matter of time for it to be eroded away by some big storm.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By robinthakur on 7/2/2008 12:06:35 PM , Rating: 2
You are so right. Going to Dubai is a really surreal experience. Its stunning more than it is beautiful in my opinion as you just can't believe that buildings like Burj Dubai can stay standing (and its not even completed yet) Its mind boggling that with their skyline looking as built up as it already looks, there are more huge construction projects going on there than I could count. The bad things about Dubai are also mostly what's bad about Las Vegas: There's a constant haze on the horizon either due to sand blowing around or pollution, i couldn't decide which, also there's zero culture and pictures of the 3 leaders everywhere.

Recently there have also been hushed up terrorist threats against the country, though as there are so many tall buildings to choose between, I guess the risk is limited. They are building a massive monorail around the whole country which should add a nice mass transit system for those poorer citizens who can't afford a car. I'm not being elitist there, Dubai is highly segregated based on your wealth and job and the service industry people there are treated like dirt.

In Dubai EVERYBODY drives, you'd have to be mad to walk and i didn't come across the concept of recycling or saving the environment once while I was there, which was so nice and with really low gas prices and no tax I think working there is a nice proposition (for me in IT).

Better than the UK where you constantly get hassled and taxed to death by government while you dodge the illiterate hooded teenagers out to stab or shoot you within our 'wonderful' multi-cultural society. The UK government seems to have caught on to the revenue potential offered by 'climate change' and using it as a justification to extract more and more money from the population. I'm SURE it all goes towards effectively combatting climate change of course, so money well spent...Luckily I'm in a position where I have enough money that I can ignore all the financial penalties (e.g. petrol prices, food hikes, tax rises) unlike those in less amenable situations within society. Well done New Labour, you've successfully shored up the socio-economic divide once again, which is kinda surprising for a socialist party. Gotta love Champagne-Socialists...

RE: Dubai is amazing
By MamiyaOtaru on 6/29/2008 8:56:37 PM , Rating: 2
Because the only part of a coastline worth mentioning is the part *on land* amirite?

The Red Sea is a famous scuba destination.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By ImSpartacus on 6/29/2008 6:19:10 PM , Rating: 3
Well before it became a famous high class tourism spot, did you even know or care about that coastline? There's a cost for everything.

RE: Dubai is amazing
By winterspan on 6/30/2008 1:27:47 AM , Rating: 3
Are you kidding me? Obviously you have no idea what you are talking about. Do you even know anyone who has actually been there? The beaches are beautiful! and the new islands just the same! As far as the Palm islands, they are sold out!

And I find it incredible you would call it gimicky architecture! Many of the projects in Dubai were designed by some of the most brilliant and innovative architects in the world! They have many beautiful towers and hotels!

RE: Dubai is amazing
By plinkplonk on 7/1/2008 6:29:00 AM , Rating: 2
yeah its gimmicky architecture because theyre not building it for the sake of it being a perfect structure but for the fact that it looks crazy and will attract lots of attention. this goes for all architects who would rather leave their stamp on something and get praise than build something cheaper and more sensible...u get me? thats how its gimmicky!

RE: Dubai is amazing
By AraH on 6/29/2008 3:11:11 PM , Rating: 2
They have those crazy artificial islands

i think that's a major point with dubai... so much of it's artificial and doesn't have that last-mile feel that any natural place would have, though you do get 90% of it in one place... so compromise?

RE: Dubai is amazing
By Clauzii on 6/29/2008 9:07:13 PM , Rating: 3
A bit like a middle east Las Vegas..

RE: Dubai is amazing
By rippleyaliens on 6/29/2008 3:18:49 PM , Rating: 1
What is sweet, is the ambition to at least attempt to build this. The building spins.. SO what is awesome, is that the view changes constantly. I am impressed. Now imagine looking at the EAST, and in the morning the west.. OR enjoy a sun-rise, AND a sunset. or not be bothered by neither.
Artificial islands, well once again, sometimes it helps to be a little different.
And people cannot tell me, that if you had the MONEY you wouldn't want something different, and unique

RE: Dubai is amazing
By Aloonatic on 6/30/2008 4:25:53 AM , Rating: 2
Just be careful when travelling there should you wish to.

They have some awesome drug detection stuff at their airports and crazy strict rules.

They don't seem to be too worried about locking you up without charge either, even for carrying over the counter drugs bought in Dubai?!

Strong winds
By Pottervilla on 6/29/2008 1:49:27 PM , Rating: 2
I would hate to live in that tower. Every time the wind blew, a mid sized earth quake would ripple through my entire apartment. That could do as much as BSOD my computer (via hard drive skipping, etc, during some important process) or as little as throwing every book I own on the floor.

Thank you, but I'm quite happy living in a stable place.

RE: Strong winds
By Nik00117 on 6/29/2008 2:08:41 PM , Rating: 5
i'm assuming that moves would be gradual. I also believe that the entire structure is designed to move, plumbing, electircal wiring, ethernet, etc all would have to be build to bend and flex in order to deal with the structure.

How I would do this and I would basically contrust the building into two parts, a core middle portion which doesn't move, and then the surronding portion which does. All the plumbing, and wires would run up through the core of the tower and at each a level they would branch out, they would all be hooked up to pullies, and the floor would be hallow in order for them to move.

I'm sure though the engineers have answered all of those questions.

RE: Strong winds
By AnnihilatorX on 6/29/2008 2:55:56 PM , Rating: 2
I am sure a sensitive person will get dizzy living there.

RE: Strong winds
By nosfe on 6/29/2008 3:08:05 PM , Rating: 3
well the earth rotates constantly, doesn't mean that you feel it

RE: Strong winds
By daftrok on 6/29/2008 4:24:14 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure that the feeling of the rotation would be minimal, but it doesn't mean you won't feel anything.

RE: Strong winds
By marsbound2024 on 6/30/2008 12:47:29 AM , Rating: 2
An object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted on by an external force.

Humans are born on Earth rotating and thus have no relative velocity unless they are traveling. We don't get dizzy just being on Earth at its 465 meter per second [equatorial] rotation velocity. We don't notice it. However, being in this structure that changes your visual perspective at a constant rate may indeed cause some to become dizzy at first, depending on that person's sensitivity (to change in motion, mind you) and the rate of change in the structure. For some, the psychological effect of being in a rotating structure may be a bit uncomfortable, but I suppose it'd do well to ask those who visit rotating restaurants, like at the Space Needle (though it takes three-quarters of an hour to rotate completely).

I agree with others here in thinking the the change will be quite gradual and will hardly affect most people.

RE: Strong winds
By afkrotch on 6/30/2008 3:44:10 AM , Rating: 2
We are talking about a large structure where each floor rotates. Unless they plan on building some crazy counter weights, motors, etc for each floor, I can't see the rotation as being gradual (when compared to something like the Space Needle).

RE: Strong winds
By marsbound2024 on 6/30/2008 1:02:19 PM , Rating: 2
Just make each floor more resistant to moving. You can increase the amount of force it takes to move the floor by creating some sort of resistance between the floor and the core. However, if they plan on letting it rotate just via wind without much resistance, then I would have to ask who in their right minds would want to live and/or work there every day? It's too variable and likely would make some/many people sick.

RE: Strong winds
By PrinceGaz on 6/30/2008 1:12:26 PM , Rating: 3
According to another site, each floor takes between 1 and 3 hours to make a full 360 degree rotation. So even the fastest floors only rotate at about the speed of a minute-hand on a clock - about 1 degree every 10 seconds, and most are somewhat slower.

Assuming the rotation accelerates gradually (I very much doubt it jerks into rotating at full speed), you probably won't even notice the very slight sidewards-shift (which itself will probably be gradual also for comfort reasons) in perceived gravity while it is accelerating and decelerating, and will only be aware of it shifting at all by looking out a window from a fixed place for several seconds.

RE: Strong winds
By Ticholo on 6/29/2008 6:25:57 PM , Rating: 3
A sensitive person will get dizzy with what it takes to get the kind of money to buy there WELL before getting it, so I wouldn't worry :)

RE: Strong winds
By bupkus on 6/29/2008 5:08:11 PM , Rating: 4
Just my luck I would get the one apartment with a broken speed governor. Me, my cat and all my furniture would be flattened against the outer windows like a runaway merry-go-round. I can see it now... 3 retired terrorists neighbors huddled in a utility closet sitting on their mobility scooters chuckling in glee whilst holding the missing part.
a core middle portion which doesn't move

I guess that would mean that all the toilets, sinks, tubs would be in a center hub that would rotate to the next unit. "Hi, Omar, hows the wife?" "Fine thank you... she's right behind me in the next tub. Ask her yourself." ;)

RE: Strong winds
By Clauzii on 6/29/2008 9:17:17 PM , Rating: 2
LOL :)

RE: Strong winds
By DeepBlue1975 on 6/29/2008 5:12:15 PM , Rating: 2
The only downside I see is that, depending on the size they want to rotate, the number and size of elevators could be limited because they'll also have to be placed inside the core. This could be a nuisance if the building will contain offices with lots of people on each floor

And as for wiring and the likes being flexible, it's not a requirement at all. In each floor those things could be fixed and connected to the core through some sort of hub which should allow for rotational movements to take place :)

I like the idea, it is radical and never seen before and maybe could allow for interesting evolutions in the future.

RE: Strong winds
By ArneBjarne on 6/29/2008 5:33:49 PM , Rating: 2
According to this, 4 normal elevators + 1 car elevator.

RE: Strong winds
By xsilver on 6/29/2008 8:09:13 PM , Rating: 2
That pic would be one of the penthouse suites? It would be very small if it was one of the lower floors?

Another problem I can see is that all the load/weight bearing will have to be on the central column, A mean engineering feat especially if the floors were bigger and if heavy turbines were placed on the edge.

Also with posters above saying that the movement will be too bad, I think it will be no worse than a revolving restaurants atop skyscrapers in a lot of cities. 1 hour per revolution I think most are.

RE: Strong winds
By Chernobyl68 on 6/30/2008 4:39:24 PM , Rating: 2
At the prices they're asking, I'd bet the only difference in each floor would be price vs. height.
The core of the building already takes most of the weight. I'd be more concerned with the affect of certain wind combinations on certain patterns of floor movement. Wind is one of the major concerns with any tall building design.

RE: Strong winds
By Chernobyl68 on 6/30/2008 4:32:03 PM , Rating: 2
Most tall building elevators are already within the core.

RE: Strong winds
By MozeeToby on 7/1/2008 2:00:30 PM , Rating: 2
Placing elevators and utilities in the core is the standard method of building skyscrapers and has been for quite some time. Only very recently have we had the engineering tools to build truly tall buildings any other way.

thinking ahead.
By cdrsft on 6/29/2008 2:20:17 PM , Rating: 3
i don't know how much i agree with this particular idea, as unique as it may be, but I think the general forward-looking leadership of the country has to be praised. They have lots of money now, know that it wont last forever, so they're trying to make it a world class tourist destination. I'm not saying I want a spinning tower in North America, but our leadership here isn't generally as forward thinking... so in my opinion, they deserve some kudos.

RE: thinking ahead.
By Ringold on 6/29/2008 4:09:14 PM , Rating: 3
Jason actually got it somewhat wrong -- Dubai itself has a trivial amount of oil revenue. It comprises, according to a quick Google search, 6% of its economy.

What Dubai has done is realize something similar; that their neighbors and the entire region is booming. They have thus gone out of their way to make Dubai in to a city where people are freely able to invest their oil revenue, and to turn the city in to a financial gateway for the entire region of the globe. As London or Zurich is to Europe, as NYC is to North America, Dubai is to the Middle East. They've got low taxes, light-touch regulation, and no political turmoil. It's where every hedge fund or other investment manager in the world travels to.

So really Dubai has only indirectly acquired its stature from oil. It's really from international finance, trade, and good old free market capitalism. As developers and bankers from Dubai state when they are on TV, they finance a lot of these large projects often without not a single dollar of oil revenue money.

Other cities / city-states in the area have a lot of development too, but as far as I know not so independently of oil wealth like in Dubai.

RE: thinking ahead.
By oab on 7/3/2008 2:09:08 AM , Rating: 2
From what I understand, a lot of that wealth originally came from oil, that they then diversified into "real (non-oil is what I mean)" wealth.

RE: thinking ahead.
By jconan on 6/29/2008 10:52:40 PM , Rating: 1
If Dubai was forward thinking in other areas like social policies they wouldn't be forcing their women to wear burkhas. That would definitely bring some life to the city...

RE: thinking ahead.
By masher2 on 6/29/2008 11:39:41 PM , Rating: 5
Dubai doesn't force women to wear burqas. Many do out of religious reasons, but that's a different thing entirely.

RE: thinking ahead.
By knowyourenemy on 6/30/2008 2:51:41 PM , Rating: 2
Some districts actually ban the attire entirely.

By Odysseus145 on 6/29/2008 1:31:31 PM , Rating: 2
That's absolutely amazing if they can get it built. The maintenance costs on that thing will be huge.

RE: Wow
By James Holden on 6/29/2008 1:32:56 PM , Rating: 3
Pretty much just like everything else in Dubai. I can't imagine what the maintenance cost on that indoor ski hill is ...

RE: Wow
By bupkus on 6/29/2008 5:16:23 PM , Rating: 2
It's just like owning a Maserati; if you need to ask how much then you can't afford it.

By DukeN on 6/29/2008 2:22:22 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't RTFA, but is there a reason for this design - tolerance for disasters, looks, cost? Or was it picked just to be different?

RE: So....
By dubldwn on 6/29/2008 2:52:38 PM , Rating: 2
is there a reason for this design - tolerance for disasters, looks, cost?

I you live in one of the penthouses, you can change the direction your unit is spinning via voice command. I’m getting the impression some of the posters here are not familiar with the concept called *PIMP*

So much for Feng Shui
By ipay on 6/30/2008 1:57:09 AM , Rating: 2
Today I got up on the wrong side of the bed.

RE: So much for Feng Shui
By FaceMaster on 7/2/2008 7:47:40 PM , Rating: 2
You spin me right round baby...

By kevinkreiser on 6/30/2008 11:18:14 AM , Rating: 2
does anyone else think that these ideas (the islands and this skyscraper) are just flashy and lame?

RE: lame
By masher2 on 6/30/2008 11:24:09 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure a lot of Europeans thought the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge flashy and lame....not to mention that whole Apollo project thing.

stairs? Elevator?
By rudolphna on 6/29/2008 4:51:52 PM , Rating: 1
uhhhh... how would these work when the whole thing is moving and the doors wouldnt be in the same place?

RE: stairs? Elevator?
By masher2 on 6/29/2008 5:38:09 PM , Rating: 2
Central shaft, I would assume.

Another Challenge
By CBeck113 on 6/30/2008 2:30:00 AM , Rating: 3
You get home, drunk as hell, exit the elevator on the 60th floor ... and then have to look for your appartment?!?!

Oil revenues hard at work
By Soulkeeper on 6/29/2008 3:53:19 PM , Rating: 2
they love us all !!!

By bunnyfubbles on 6/29/2008 6:03:48 PM , Rating: 2
I know its definitely not the same concept, but one of the stages in the artist's rendered totally reminds me of Jenga...hopefully the building is more stable than the game :D

10 to 1
By cscpianoman on 6/29/2008 8:33:20 PM , Rating: 2
10 to 1 the 23rd floor gets stuck and can't be fixed:)

By Clauzii on 6/29/2008 9:23:10 PM , Rating: 2
.. to machine city" :)

By DanD85 on 6/30/2008 8:06:36 AM , Rating: 2
Guys, please leave all your worries for the architects and the engineers, it's their jobs not yours. I suggest you guys watch Mega Structure on Nat Geo and Man Made Marvels on Discovery Channel to understand how people can come up with great ideas like these. Besides, most of these structure owned by private groups not like some state-owned, commie style countries so if it cannot last at least 50 years and profitable, they won't build it anyway.

By MattCoz on 6/30/2008 12:12:09 AM , Rating: 1
A 420m tall Jenga tower... yeah, I want to live there.

Gurgaon Real estate
By Gurgaon Real Estate on 6/30/2008 5:00:12 AM , Rating: 1
i am not in a position to believe that such type of structures are possible . really amazing wonderful i donot have words to explain it

Someone has too much money
By bigboxes on 6/29/08, Rating: 0
Who approved this?
By MrPickins on 6/29/08, Rating: -1
RE: Who approved this?
By Ringold on 6/29/2008 4:00:18 PM , Rating: 4
Unlike in some countries, they may well believe that if private developers want to throw their private money at something, then they ought to be allowed to do so. If it works out, it'll be unique. If not, private developers lose a wad of cash; not entirely the governments place to decide if its "dumb" or "pointless". It's called economic liberty, but I know thats a foreign concept for some in the Western world.

RE: Who approved this?
By bupkus on 6/29/2008 5:12:37 PM , Rating: 1
Ok, so I'm poor but I wish to smoke crack. Where's my economic liberty?

RE: Who approved this?
By bupkus on 6/29/2008 5:25:24 PM , Rating: 2
Come to think of it... maybe the concept designers were toking up when they thought of this baby.
The next week after coming down they looked at the design and asked each other:
Do you think somebody might wanna buy this thing?
Don't know... maybe some wicked rich oil country in the middle east.?

A sudden epiphany strikes the two simultaneously.

RE: Who approved this?
By Ringold on 6/29/2008 8:35:10 PM , Rating: 2
You speak of an entitlement to smoke. Entirely different concept from liberty.

I don't know that you are one, but merely saying that it is typical of liberals to confuse the two concepts.

RE: Who approved this?
By bupkus on 6/30/2008 2:29:28 PM , Rating: 2
It's only an entitlement if I don't pay for it. Is that difference too difficult for you?

RE: Who approved this?
By MrPickins on 6/30/2008 1:52:47 AM , Rating: 2
I was speaking more about the investors/developers. How could anyone with any business sense think that this will be profitable in the long term?

Again, this is a dumb idea.

RE: Who approved this?
By blojib on 6/30/2008 4:16:44 AM , Rating: 2
That's all well and good if it were private investment but the government of Dubai owns many of these developers either directly or indirectly. There's hardly any transparency or accountability to the public. It's ok though because citizens here are fairly well off and are content with the way things are.

RE: Who approved this?
By JBlongz on 6/30/2008 9:10:29 PM , Rating: 2
I love their creativity, but I gotta wonder if these people are either suicidal or homicidal. Dubai will very soon be more vulnerable than it already is to natural disaster. Are they setting up wealthy people for their end? Who knows. But safety must not be their true concern. As far as the man made Island, I could see how a Tsunami will dissolve it like Kool-Aid.

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