Archive for December, 2007

Tallest Skyscraper in the World to be built in Moscow: Crystal Island

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

Norman Foster Tallest Skyscraper in the World, Crystal Island by Foster and Partners, Crystal Island, The Christmas Tree building, Foster and Partners, Gigantic Crystal Island Building in Moscow, Moscow gears up for world’s tallest building, Foster + Partners, Tallest Building in the World, Tallest

Norman Foster Tallest Skyscraper in the World, Crystal Island by Foster and Partners, Crystal Island, The Christmas Tree building, Foster and Partners, Gigantic Crystal Island Building in Moscow, Moscow gears up for world’s tallest building, Foster + Partners, Tallest Building in the World, Tallest

“The Crystal Island will be Lord Foster’s second large scale project in the Russian capital, and his third new building design that resembles a volcano (we’re talking about his two mountainous buildings in Astana, Kazakstan). Although many people are calling this design the ‘Christmas Tree’ of Moscow – we can’t help but be reminded of the utopian and also rather volcanic X-Seed 4000 design for Tokyo. Unlike that pipe-dream project, however, Foster has a track record of getting buildings built, so the likelihood is high that we will see this striking structure towering over the Kremlin within 5 years time.”

via inhabitat.com

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The Future of the Past: 1958 Magic Highway USA

Monday, December 24th, 2007

The last segment of Disney’s Magic Highway USA. While much of it will likely never come true, there is a surprising amount that hasn’t yet, but you can imagine the not distant future when cell and GPS technology will be more closely integrated into cars.


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Theo Jansen’s remarkable Kinetic Scluptures

Thursday, December 13th, 2007


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The Museum of RetroTechnology

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

I have so many hours yet to spend on these pages of painstaking research into obscure and outdated technology. These examples are only three of the beautiful/ridiculous/plain bizarre examples undertaken my people around the world throughout the last hundred years or so.

THE GAUMONT CHRONOPHONE SYSTEM: 1910In 1903 French engineer Leon Gaumont was granted patents for loudspeaker systems to go with his sound on disc talking films, whichused one of Berliner’s Gramophones.
This remarkable device was invented by Frenchman Jean Auscher as an acoustic navigation device in case of radar failure on small vessels. Shown at the 1960 Brussels
Inventor’s Fair, and, one suspects, nowhere else ever again.
The schienenzeppelin (ie the rail zeppelin) was a prototype propellor-driven light-weight
railcar that held the world railway speed record for no less than twenty years. It was powered by a BMW aeroengine, driving a four-blade wooden pusher propeller. On June 21, 1931, it kept up 230 km per hour for about 20 km.

The Museum of RetroTechnology

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