It looks like what Tommorrowland at Disneyland used to look like!
Charles, you are really good at this.
I think we should sift flour through it and bake a very large pie, Dubai style.
An actual coherent post for a change. Nice work, Charles!
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sew hte byuilDDing PulSates?? " ell ess dee"" isz beginninnig to peeek!!
I, for one, just love some of the freaky weird cool buildings that are in design or under construction around the world. None of them, sadly, in this country. All of the square towers in this city bore me to tears.
Two things make such construction possible: computers and cash. Building a tall box is a lot cheaper than building one of these weird curvy buildings. A lot cheaper, by orders of magnitude. That is the primary reason you'll never see a developer build something like that in Seattle. There isn't enough profit margin in it. Building something with complex compound curves is also an engineering challenge that wouldn't have been possible 20 years ago. But in the 21st century, computers make it possible to construct any shape our mind can imagine (given enough cash).
I love it that truly creative architects no longer have to be bound by easily constructed hard angles.
I needed my freaky building fix. Good to see you're back in form.
Charles, this will not do. A post like this inspires no ire and pushes no buttons. My suggestion for your next post: A rant against entry ramps for the disabled. That should fire things up.
Can the scene of a desert be also a scene of creation, of genesis? Writes John D Caputo in the journal of literature, Mosaic, "My contention is that there is a desert scene-a biblical desert, but then a desert within the desert-that presides over everything in deconstruction, and provides the setting for his prayers and tears. My contention is that everything in deconstruction is marked by a memory of the primal scene of creation, whether or not Derrida remembers."
Hard to say whether I can agree with this statement. But if the scene of creation is a desert scene, then isn't the scene of unraveling, of denouement, by contrast a forest scene, a scene in which one imagines one hears the voice of god, rather than see his/her image? Is the denouement of god/the geist also his/her unraveling from image to voice?
What follows is a very clever statement by Caputo, "("God is dead"-Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead"-God.)"
With the voice of his laughter, Nietzsche unravles god/the geist. But, then having been unravled, is not this being able to embody the same weapon that has been used to destroy it, and therefore assume somewhat of a total or totalitarian control? Would we want it?
When the real estate bubble -- by far the biggest of all time -- crashes in Dubai -- that's when WWIII starts. Nukes start falling on Tel Aviv that afternoon.
It is interesting from a psychological and sociological perspective, isn't it?
The same denial and investment fever that we just saw in the tech bubble has been applied to real estate X 10. Prices will NEVER go down! You CAN'T lose money!
Back then people would look at you like you were crazy if you didn't margin everything you've got and max out your second mortgage to buy pets.com stock. Oops.
Same thing is happening now. Yesterday, CNN Money had a list of the top 10 real estate markets with the highest growth potential -it's NOT TOO LATE to make housing boom money! Then today, they had list of the top 10 foreclosure markets accompanied by a story describing the highest drop in new housing prices in 35 years!
It's madness, I tell yah!
Um, Andrew, the bubble I was talking about was in Dubai, not here. Our housing market is unlikely to crash, just go through cycles like it always has. Housing bears no resemblance to the tech bubble of 1999, since there actually are real houses involved.
Hope you're right.
Fnarf's right. Today's Wall Street Journal had a nifty chart showing our area (Seattle) to be definitely resistant.
Of course I'm right; I'm Fnarf!
That's not to say that some people in some places won't be hurt. People are always hurt in speculative markets, even successful ones. But housing in America is not a con game, unlike tech in the late 90s or anything at all in Dubai.
Dubai is the Arab world's bank, and they're pissing away a billion people's money on goofy buildings that make Charles Mudede happy but have no conceivable tenants or use. Put it this way: are YOU planning to vacation there? That's part of their plan: if Dubai isn't the world's #1 vacation destination in ten years, many times bigger than say Cancun, it will be a huge failure.
And a billion Arabs will have lost what little of their savings they still had left after the oil bust. Remember, many of them have already seen their wages cut to less than 30% of what they were fifteen years ago. Sound like a recipe for civil peace to you?
Trust me, Sunni vs. Shia is a piece of cake compared to what's coming.
Feh, looks like it was inspired by that hilltop hospital in Tacoma, crossed with a bubble machine.
Looks like a perforated muffler on a hot Japanese motorbike to me.
Huh, from the comments here, I guess making broad generalizations about Arabs (Desert People, even!) is "uncontroversial."
Hooray for selective outrage!
That building makes me want to push it's top down and squeeze the people-meat out Fun Factory style.
What broad generalizations would those be, Robotslave? That they are being mercilessly squeezed economically and culturally, which is the real reason for the violence and retrograde religious posturing we see?
Er, where did Charles say all that?
I was referring to his Desert People / Forest People dichotomy— which is about as palatable to me as the old Sun Cultures / Snow Cultures notion.
It might be fun if he was at least making a demonstrable observation about world architecture, but it's not exactly difficult to find crazy architecture in forested regions. No, he's just being a flat-out racist, and people are praising him for it because it isn't pregnant women he's insulting this time.
Ah. I took your "from the comments here" to be a jab at the only commenter mentioning Arabs, which was me. Not the original article.
robotslave! you have no ground whatsoever. if you were better read then you would be able to see that i also have Las Vegas in mind, as the heading of the post makes so bloody clear--clear to the lettered, of course.
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