Updated Renderings for phase-one of Chicago's 3,300 foot long Navy Pier were released by James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) and nArchitects alongside an announcement by the Chicago Mayor's office that confirmed the project will receive $55 million in public funding.
Highlighted features include the south-facing Wave Wall and grand stairway, inspired by the Spanish Steps in Rome, along with an interactive splash fountain-turned-winter ice skating rink at the beginning of a heavily vegetated promenade. The Wave Wall will connect the pier dock to an upper level amusement park, providing a large south-facing social space with views of the lake and access to more than 500 linear feet of retail spaces below.
The School was funded through an online campaign called StillerStrong, he launched after his 2009 trip to the country just six months before the devastating earthquake. The actor visited Haiti with the international aid organization Save the Children. Even then the country's poverty and desperation were unfathomable.
In the wake of the 2010 earthquake, Stiller furthered his philanthopic efforts by establishing the Stiller Foundation, with the goal of assisting children worldwide. The organization began the Hatian School initiative to rebuild crippled institutions and their communities. In partnership with Architecture for Humanity, the program helped resurrect two badly damaged facilities – the Ecole la Dignitee in cayes de Jacmel and the Collége Mixte le Bon Berger in Montrouis– and is currently working on the Ecole Baptiste Bon Berger in Port-au-Prince.
The world will soon crown its newest Tallest structure some time in 2014, called Sky City. A planned 220-story prefab tower in Changsha, China, will soon claim the world's tallest building, steeling the title from the beautiful Burj Khalifa.
Broad Sustainable Building, the tower's builders, will begin construction this June, with prefabrication taking place off site lasting 3 months. it will then be assembled in a record seven months for a structure of this magnitude. The tower will reach a height of 2,749 feet, featuring residential, office space, organic farms, recreation spaces, schools, a hospital, retail and much more. Sky city will house 4,450 families in apartments ranging from 645 square feet to 5,000 square feet with 92 elevators. Sky City will be a vertical city that will accommodate 100,000 people and offer all amenities necessary to sustain a healthy life.
Using just a portion of its site, Sky City will be home to the most extreme urban density existing today. The sustainable tower will be surrounded by parks, providing open space to all residents. Many energy efficient strategies have been implemented such as 8-inch thick insulated walls, triple glazing, exterior shading that cuts down on cooling by 30 percent, and a co-generation plant that will use waste heat from power generation for heating and cooling. Transportation will be provided by low-energy elevators and for those who like to walk, a six-mile long ramp will run from the first to the 170th floor. BSB assures that the building will be able to withstand a Magnitude 9 earthquake and will have a three hour fire resistance rating.
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The Kagithane Gardens located in Istanbul, Turkey is a business district that focuses on the users working and living qualities and addresses its presence in Istanbul as a new form of contextualizing Urban living.
The volume reads clearly while still opening itself generously to the city from afar. As one gets closer, the interiors become more discreet, protected by louvers that help shade from the sun. The project acts as a catalyst of business life for a new Istanbul, that promotes contemporary culture, architecture and lifestyle.
The program of the building includes four conference rooms with the capacity for 80 persons each, two assembly rooms for 120 persons convertible into a single space with a dynamic panel system, an auditorium for 400, a second one for 750, meeting room for 65 persons, press rooms, VIP room, treasury, event office and restaurant, as well as five meeting rooms for 20 persons, storage and restrooms.
But when contextualized with a bit more data, it's also a reminder that those countries are just getting started. While the circle hosts more than half of the world's population, only about 1 billion of the world's roughly 2.5 billion Internet users call it home. In China and India only 38% and 10% respectively, of the population uses the Internet, respectively, as opposed to nearly 80% of Americans.