06 julio 2008

Burj Dubai

Emaar increases height of Burj Dubai; completion in September 2009

“…Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building being developed by Emaar Properties PJSC, will be taller than previously envisaged, with height enhancement work already in progress. Construction of the two communication floors is ongoing and structural steel work has started. The final height of Burj Dubai will be revealed only on its completion in September 2009… Alongside height enhancement, Burj Dubai is also upgrading its interior finishes. International designers from California had been revisiting the designs to make the residences more attractive and functionally superior. The redesign process, undertaken over the past three months, has been completed, with the emphasis on top-notch quality standards...”

New Dubai Skyscraper Will Shift Shape Dynamically

“…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…”

Emaar brings world-class light, music spectacle to Burj Dubai

“…Emaar Properties has unveiled a world-class permanent water fountain with an integral light and sound show in Downtown Burj Dubai… This new iconic feature is set to be a global water-engineering marvel and will be one of the city’s major tourist attractions, expected to draw over 10 million visitors annually… The fountain in Burj Dubai Lake will be Dubai’s complement to the world’s elegant water fountains. The total development value of the Burj Dubai Lake, the fountain and its advanced filtrations systems is Dh800 million ($218 million)…”

Bienvenidos al Antropoceno

“…Aunque ningún periódico norteamericano o europeo haya publicado todavía su obituario científico, lo cierto es que nuestro mundo, el viejo mundo en el que hemos habitado los últimos 12.000 años, se acabó... El pasado febrero, mientras las grúas subían la cubierta del piso 141 de la Torre Burj de Dubai (que pronto alcanzará una altura el doble que la del Empire State Building), la Comisión de Estratigrafía de la Sociedad Geológica de Londres registraba la última y más alta capa histórica de la columna geológica… La Sociedad Geológica londinense es la más veterana asociación de científicos de la Tierra –se fundó en 1807— y su Comisión actúa como un colegio de cardenales en el registro de la escala temporal geológica. Los estratígrafos rebanan la historia de la tierra tal como está conservada en estratos sedimentarios, jerarquizándola en eones, eras, períodos y épocas marcados por "picos áureos" de extinciones masivas, procesos súbitos de especiación y bruscas alteraciones de la química atmosférica…” (Seguir leyendo)

Apocalypse now

“…Our world, our old world that we have inhabited for the last 12,000 years, has ended, even if no newspaper in North America or Europe has yet printed its scientific obituary… This February, while cranes were hoisting cladding to the 141st floor of the Burj Dubai tower (which will soon be twice the height of the Empire State Building), the Stratigraphy Commission of the Geological Society of London was adding the newest and highest story to the geological column… The London Society is the world's oldest association of Earth scientists, founded in 1807, and its Commission acts as a college of cardinals in the adjudication of the geological time-scale. Stratigraphers slice up Earth's history as preserved in sedimentary strata into hierarchies of eons, eras, periods, and epochs marked by the "golden spikes" of mass extinctions, speciation events, and abrupt changes in atmospheric chemistry…”

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