Above the world in 90 days: China building world’s tallest skyscraper — 220 storeys — in just three months
When Pierre Beaudet was told about a Chinese corporation’s plans to build the world’s tallest building in record speed — 2,479 soaring feet in just 90 days — the global studies professor marvelled Thursday: “Ah. There’s nothing they can’t do.”
Having already revolutionized construction by literally stacking factory-made modules like Lego blocks, Broad Sustainable Building Corporation is sending the world a message — not just about itself, but also about its home country: Make no mistake, China is an epicentre of technological progress and a nation worthy of awe.
“It’s a symbol of their new superiority,” said Takashi Fujitani, the director of Asia Pacific studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs’ Asian Institute in Toronto. “Modernity today is really about speed in a lot of ways, so being at the top of the world is about being able to do things fast.” (Broad Construction)
A Shard pierces heart of London: Europe’s tallest building launched amid debate
Europe’s tallest skyscraper the Shard was inaugurated Thursday with a spectacular laser show, as critics debate whether it is an architectural triumph or a blot on the London skyline.
Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, sang the Shard’s praises, calling it “a quite astonishing piece of architecture.”
“Of course it’s not like any piece of architecture in the city at the moment, but that’s the whole point about London,” he told BBC radio.
But in a nod to Londoners’ split opinions on the building, he added, “I think it is important that we do not pepper-pot the city with skyscrapers everywhere. There’s got to be control.” (Photos: AP Photo; Getty Images)
A home with a 360° view: Rotating P.E.I. house lets you see the ocean from every room — in turn
When Steve and Stephanie Arnold finish building their house on Prince Edward Island, every window will have a stunning view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence — at the click of a button.
Their two-storey circular house, being built in North Rustico on a rotating platform, will be able to swivel and place an ocean view outside whatever room they choose.
It will be the first rotating house in Canada when it is finished next spring, Mr. Arnold says.
Joel Allen’s decision to learn a trade was the best move of his life, he says. It led him to Whistler, where he’s built a spectacular fort whose precise location is top secret unless you’re among the lucky few to find it.
Uranium City is small-town Canada taken to the extreme
Northern Saskatchewan’s Uranium City may be a life too isolated for the likes of most city dwellers, but as photographer Ian Brewster and anthropologist Justin Armstrong discovered on their trip to the ghost town, the city’s sense of community has kept its remaining 70 inhabitants going strong.
“The idea of the abandonment wasn’t as interesting as the people who stayed,” Brewster says. “You know, I don’t really view this as a story about the town and all the people that left, I view the story more about the people that have stayed and why they stayed and that was sort of the more interesting aspect of it for us.” (Photos: Courtesy of Ian Brewster)