Results for tag: architecture

Our damaging addiction to concrete.

Concrete is the second-most consumed substance in the world and causes much environmental damage. Despite this, it's needed for essential infrastructure and, paradoxically, will be needed even more to protect against climate change.

Alongside all of this, it has a lifespan of about 100 years, which means much of our infrastructure is hitting that age limit and starting to rot.

This is a fascinating article on our addiction to concrete and the harms that come with it.

Linked on the 6th of August, 2023 Details
Colour before removal. Colour before removal.
Added on the 10th of June, 2023 View photo

The Burj Khalifa should never have been built.

On the pointlessness of ego-based architecture:

Was anyone actually impressed by this building as a feat of engineering when it went up in 2009? Obviously not — by this point, it is well understood that anything in architecture is possible if you have enough money, and the Burj Khalifa cost over $1.5 billion dollars.

I knew they trucked tons of sewage out of that building due to the lack of infrastructure. I didn't know that close to a third of it was basically hollow:

The city of Dubai did not green light a building that extends a half-mile into the air because of a pressing need for residences in downtown Dubai. To the contrary, the top 800 feet (244 meters) of the building, or 29% of the structure’s total height, is devoted to non-usable floors.
Linked on the 12th of August, 2022 Details
The oldest house in Antwerp. The oldest house in Antwerp.
Added on the 5th of June, 2022 View photo

Spite buildings.

I thought I'd mentioned spite buildings here before, but it doesn't look like it. This is an article showing several examples of these buildings built to annoy others, usually by blocking views.

Linked on the 5th of June, 2022 Details

California's vanishing hippie utopias.

Fascinating look at the remnants of California’s hippie communes and the few hardcore idealists, now in their 70s or 80s, still living the dream.

Linked on the 15th of September, 2021 Details