New Vancouver’s Towers Looking Like Jenga

Büro Ole Scheeren started a new skycreeper project in Vancouver, unveiling plans for two towers composed of irregularly disposed glass blocks. This structure, that will be situated in the West End and will be called Barclay Village, reminds immediately the game of Jenga which questions the rules of balance and stability. Continue reading »

Skyscraper Competition Proposal Involves Erecting Towers Within World’s Largest Trees

Called “Tribute: The Monument of Giant”, the visionary scheme imagines buildings constructed within the empty trunks of giant sequoias, a type of redwood tree native to the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. The structures would be placed where heartwood has rotted away, preventing the huge ancient trees from falling. Continue reading »

Catalonia’s Human Towers: The Art Of Castells

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Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP Photo

The 26th annual Human Tower Competition took place in the city of Tarragona in the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia. The tradition of building human towers or “castells” dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where “colles” (or teams) compete to build the tallest and most structurally-complex towers. The structure of the “castells” varies depending on their complexity. A “castell” is considered completely successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart. Continue reading »

Eiffel Towers Around the World

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India: A sweeper cleans the side of a road near a replica of the Eiffel Tower amid heavy fog in the early morning in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh January 18, 2010. (Photo by Ajay Verma/Reuters)
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The World’s Weirdest Towers


Picture above is the Zizkov Television Tower in Praugue. Not even Orwell could come up with something as disturbing as this 700-foot-tall broadcasting needle, which was undeniably striking when it opened in 1992. (Its three metallic pillars support nine pod-like protuberances and three decks for transmitting equipment.) But when local artist David Cerny attached a bevy of faceless baby sculptures to the tower’s pillars in 2000, it caused quite a stir. One year later, the babies were removed — and then residents of the Czech capital clamoured for the sculptures to be returned.. So, back up they went, and to this day they send shivers up the spines of sightseers. (MSN News, Getty Images: Tim E White) Continue reading »

Huge Zhongshan Suit Towers High in China

A 4.3-meter-tall Zhongshan suit is making an appearance at Zhejiang Textile and Fashion College in Ningbo, East China’s Zhejiang province, Sept 14, 2011. The suit, 35 times larger than normal, has been made to commemorate the centenary of the Revolution of 1911. The suit is being submitted for a Guinness World Record award. The Zhongshan suit was popularized by Sun Yat-sen, the pioneer of China’s democratic revolution after the Revolution of 1911. (CFP) Continue reading »