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An ambitious concept by Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut for an oceanic city made from a 3D printed combination of algae and recycled rubbish. The jellyfish-like, marina-domed ‘seascrapers’ extendable up to a kilometre deep, would feature renewable energy sources and sustanable food in the form of vegetable gardens, plankton, algae and mollusc farms.

One of many sustainable/renewable/optimistic concepts that can be viewed at Callebaut’s website.


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A conceptual design By Mark Foster Gage Architects for an ornate, realtor-trolling, 102 storey New York City residential building overlooking Central Park. To wit:

The building is draped in a façade of limestone-tinted Taktl© concrete panels with hydroformed sheet-bronze details and brass-tinted alloy structural extrusion enclosures. The 64th floor features a sky-lobby with exclusive retail stores, a 2-story high ballroom for events, and a 4-star restaurant all of which have access to four massive cantilevered balconies that offer an awe-inspiring event and dining experience unique to the city of New York.


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Above: The World Trade Center in 1970; Sears Tower in 1970) Chrysler Building in 1929, New York Times Building in 1903, Manhattan Bridge in 1909; San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in 1933; the Empire State Building in the early 1930s and Brooklyn Bridge in 1883.

MORE: 15 Vintage Photos of The US Iconic Buildings And Bridges As They Were Being Built (Vintag)


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The penthouse of 432 Park Avenue – a residential skyscraper soon to be the tallest building in New York City (at 396m, 9.1m taller than One World Trade Centre).

Built on the $440 million site of the 1926 Drake Hotel, the development is due for completion next year.

104 apartments ranging in price from $16.96 million to $82.5 million.



Footage captured during a derecho by Craig Shimala of a triple lightning strike on three of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers: Willis Tower, Trump Tower and the John Hancock Building.

Bizarrely, Shimalo captured the same event in 2010, almost to the day.


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Photographer Peter Steinhauer’s shots of  Japanese buildings wrapped in colourful mesh (to prevent debris falling during construction or demolition.)

MORE: Cocoon by Peter Steinhauer


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Fearless Russian nutjobs Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makharov ascend the tower crane working on the as yet unfinished world’s second tallest building.

They’ve since posted pictures and a full account of their adventure (in Russian) on LiveJournal.

Related: Long Way Down


(H/T: Noel)

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Skyscaper candles by designer Naihan Li, who sez:

I’m tired of modernity. I like watching these buildings burn and melt into artistic pieces. I light these for fun, I think I’ve burnt 20 sets just myself.

Fair enough.


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Many more of Tom’s pix here.

Related hang-danglage: Don’t Look Down


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A series of ‘vertical horizons’ of the Hong Kong sky shot from street level and framed by the city’s skyscrapers from a book by French photographer and graphic artist Romain Jacquet-Lagreze.

By eliminating people from his images, Jacquet-Lagreze has taken away the human qualities that normally define such a largely populated city and turned it into an abstract visual reality. The artist’s bio explains that he uses his camera to illustrate his feelings about Hong Kong, inspired mainly by “the geometry of the urban environment and the vivid lives it shelters.