Food for thought:
Hufton + Crow have produced a series of photographies of Calatrava’s Oculus at World Trade Center which opened to the public this year. After a significant delay (7 years!) and with a cost that almost doubled the budget (4 billion dollars!) the questions is… is this justified? It’s definitely an impressive building and its main space is mind-blowing but it is clumsy on the outside and its relationship with the surroundings is rather odd. It’s not Calatrava’s fault that he got the commission but such a delay and increase on cost should be unacceptable.
What we’ve found:
This 430m long and 300m above ground glass bridge has opened to visitors early this year in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province (central China). It’s obviously the longest glass bridge in the world and it cost £2.6m. Not the nicest design but an impressive piece of engineering.
What we’ve seen:
The world’s largest aircraft crashed a few days ago during its second test. The Airlander 10 –aka the Flying Bum- had a heavy landing but luckily no one was hurt. Wasn’t the dirigible dead? Apparently not, there are at least nine commercial companies developing this type of aircraft. This specific prototype can stay up to 5 days in the air and one of the most important benefits is the vertical landings that allows it to access remote areas.
What we’ve listened to:
Are pensions for young generations threatened? They are according to this interesting report by BBC radio The Inquiry.
Quote of the week:
“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr