Louis H. Sullivan, a designer of some of the most prominent and enduring structures in America, once stated "(It) must be tall, every inch of it tall. The force and power of altitude must be in it, the glory and pride of exaltation must be in it. It must be every inch a proud and soaring thing, rising in sheer exaltation that from bottom to top it is a unit without a single dissenting line."
Ever looked up at a building in downtown and said to yourself, "Wow, that's tall"?
But has it ever crossed your mind that in 1931, all 102 floors of the Empire State Building were completed in 1 year and 45 days, or 7 million man hours? Yet 77 years later, with the advent of the computer age, and advances in building materials, and Computer Aided Design(CAD), the Empire State Building still holds the world record for being built that high in that short a time frame. Even more astonishing, is that today, almost 80 years later, the Empire State Building is still one of the 10 tallest completed buildings in the world.
What happened? Where were all the architects and engineers in the last 80 years? Building houses? Garages? Furniture?
No, for the past 3 generations they were placing their creative minds into designing cars, aircraft, military weapons, and sending people to the moon.
But now they're back, and they're in force. With projects such as the 'Freedom Tower' in New York City and the "Al Burj' and "Burj Dubai' in the United Arab Emirates it seems as though the world's engineers just might be ushering in a second Golden Age of construction. From Asia, to the Middle East, to Europe, to the heartland of America, our generation is watching an explosion in the creation of super-tall skyscrapers.
So what's next on the list of, 'Things to build'?
Stick around, and over the next few days Creagination will be taking a look at some of the world's most prominent construction projects. We'll also take a glimpse into the visions and dreams of men, companies, and entire nations. It'll be something that you definitely don't want to miss.