Shape-shifting Skyscraper?


5 Responses to “Shape-shifting Skyscraper?”

  1. 1 Joe Green June 25, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Hmmm… I’d have to put this one right up there with the compress-air powered car. Lots of talk and no product. CNN quotes:

    “But some have expressed skepticism. Fisher has never built a skyscraper before. He says he has teamed up with reputed architects and engineers in the United Kingdom and India.”

    In other words, it is a neat animation, some drawings, and nothing else.

    In order to shape-shift like he proposes, there will have to be a central core that is incredibly solid. Lets not even go into more prosaic things like electrical connections and bathroom plumbing.

    Skyscrapers are incredibly lightweight (yes, lightweight) for their size. The World Trade Center, as we all know now, used its exterior skin as part of its structure, and that is pretty much the norm, not the exception, for skyscraper construction. Taking away this entire outer structure, well, makes for a very weak structure or a very heavy core, or perhaps even an impossible design.

    The “architect” (I do not know if he has a degree in architecture or is licensed) drones on to say:

    “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.”

    WTF? Trowels? Skyscrapers are not “made of bricks” but have a steel frame. Any masonry work in a skyscraper is merely a curtain wall and is not load bearing. Does this guy think we are all that stupid?

    If he asks you to “invest” in his shape-shifting skyscraper, tell you you already have your money tied up in compressed-air car development.

    Something about this project doesn’t smell right.

  2. 2 Joe Green June 25, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    I went to the architect’s website, and it smells even worse.

    If you watch the dramatic animation (complete with mood music) you can see that if the floors on this skyscraper rotated at the speeds indicated, the furniture, people, and other contents would be flung against the outer walls. At the very least, you’d be motion-sick.

    Perhaps this is a “speeded up” animation.

    Also, it does seem like he is trolling for investment. You can “reserve your apartment in Dubai” right now, even though a site has yet to be chosen. The link goes to an e-mail page, presumably so they can give you a personal sales pitch.

    The “Dubai Project” page has bad links (the pictures load as X’s).

    A fancy website does not a product make. And this fellow does not even have a fancy website.

    Approach with caution if you are asked to invest in this project. Ask to see COMPLETED examples of the architect’s other projects.


  3. 3 Joe Green June 25, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Oh, wait, it gets better:

    “The Dynamic Tower is environmentally friendly and the first building designed to be self-powered, with the ability to generate its own electricity, as well as for other nearby buildings, it achieves this feat with wind turbines fitted between each rotating floor, An 80-story building will have up to 79 wind turbines, making it a true green power plant,” Dr. Fisher stated.

    Yea, that could happen. And pigs can fly.

    Something for everyone in this project, it seems.

    He needs to use more buzzwords like “Sustainable” to get a broader market, though.

  4. 4 Joe Green June 25, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Oh boy, it gets even more better-er:

    “INFINITY Design company is Dr. Fisher’s architectural office that is located in Florence however Dr. Fisher cannot be considered an architect in the traditional sense of the word.”

    So, was sense of the word are we talking about?

    There are vague references to work he has done in many major cities, which would imply he has designed buildings in those cities. Or, you could interpret it to mean he has come up with designs for buildings while he was living in those cities.

    No specific example of a building he has designed is listed.

    I am suprised that the MSM like CNN reprints press releases like his, almost verbatim, without reviewing the background materials more thoroughly.

    It makes for good eye-candy reading (and a catchy TeeVee segment) but it is not “news” per se.

  5. 5 zerblogger June 25, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    It’s all absurd; but with Dubai there’s a fine line. Interesting idea, though. Although only an idea. Check out the next posting…

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