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Offline AndyArrow

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Check out this building set to open in Dubai in 2010

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2009, 04:06:17 PM »
That does look like a nice building.  Too bad it's going to be built on the backs of slave labor in an unsustainable cesspool.

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2009, 05:29:38 PM »
Very cool! I hope they build one in New York.

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2009, 06:10:50 PM »
There is nothing new about rotating buildings. We have had one in London since 1963 - but it has been closed to the public since the IRA scum tried to bomb it :(

Revolving restaurants on the top of tall buildings are pretty common around the world though. Never seen one that impressive though.
« Last Edit: July 18, 2009, 06:13:18 PM by Luke »

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2009, 06:29:35 PM »


LOL.... I wonder what would happen if a malfunction occurred and got the building spinning at say oh 500 rpm !!  ::)

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2009, 06:47:27 PM »
Sometimes I can hardly stand to be in a moving car (depending who's driving), let alone a moving building. :P
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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2009, 06:49:58 PM »
I wonder if you can be charged with operating a revolving floor under the influence.

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2009, 08:35:07 PM »
I don't think I'd live in a revolving building.  Once, while at a party in the revolving "The View Restaurant" in NYC, I put my drink down on a counter.  When I reached over to to get my drink 10 minutes later I saw that it had moved 10 feet behind me.  :(

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2009, 09:01:31 PM »
That does look like a nice building.  Too bad it's going to be built on the backs of slave labor in an unsustainable cesspool.
Dubai pays construction workers crappy wages and they have terrible working conditions. However, they need not quit their countries to go work in Dubai. This is not "slave labour". 
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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2009, 09:03:48 PM »
Dubai pays construction workers crappy wages and they have terrible working conditions. However, they need not quit their countries to go work in Dubai. This is not "slave labour". 
It is effectively slave labor when their passports are confiscated once they get there.

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2009, 09:12:38 PM »

However, they need not quit their countries to go work in Dubai. This is not "slave labour".  


Are  you sure about that? Here on the Rock, we have quite a few members of the European Union who are working for wages that ordinary residents would consider "slave wages". Some people are willing to sacrifice quite a lot to be able to send money "back home" to support a spouse and children. If you were faced with a choice of you and your family starving, or you going to a country such as Saudi Arabia where you would earn what in your home country might be considered a fortune but in context, is slave labour, what would you do?

And you also need to realise that not all people are treated equally in SA. If you're not a member of the prevailing Muslim sect, and happen to be born in SA by accident of birth, you have to take what employment opportunities you can get. And the way it pans out, it's pretty much slave labour.

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My guess is that Physicsguy is more savvy when it comes to living in SA than you are.

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2009, 09:19:41 PM »
FYI, Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates, not Saudi Arabia.

Here's an illuminating article about what things are really like in Dubai.

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If you were faced with a choice of you and your family starving, or you going to a country such as Saudi Arabia where you would earn what in your home country might be considered a fortune but in context, is slave labour, what would you do?
This is something that makes it even more abhorrent.  They go with the promise of making money to send back to their impoverished families, but they end up getting paid a fraction of what they were promised.

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2009, 09:23:56 PM »

FYI, Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates, not Saudi Arabia.


Ooops... yeah, I knew that. Consider it a brain-fart on my part. After all, it's 2:20am in my part of the world. :-\

I've read quite a bit on what the conditions are like in Dubai. And yes, it really is abhorrent that rich nations prey on the poor of the world to construct and maintain their lavish live-styles. Makes me sick.

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2009, 11:40:08 PM »
I feel as if that would get annoying. But it's cool though, especially since it's supposedly going to generate it's own power. Let's see what the LEED standards say on that.





....Are there LEED (or something similar) standards in Dubai? *Go Go Gadget Google* YES! There are!







If you'd like to check out a REALLY interesting story (happening in the UAE as well), check out the city of Masdar.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masdar_City
« Last Edit: July 18, 2009, 11:42:41 PM by toykoDecadence »
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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2009, 11:58:56 PM »

*Go Go Gadget Google*


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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #15 on: July 19, 2009, 03:45:46 AM »
...not slave labour but definitely exploited. 

I like Dubai as a place to just go and relax in the sun.  But you are always conscience that this Disneyesque town is built on a large, exploited (sub) working class.

I don't like the building.  Fine for maybe a hotel, but I wouldn't want to live there.  Plus the skyline in Dubai sucks, unless you're into construction cranes, sand and the odd collection of let's-try-and-out-do-our-neighbor buildings.

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #16 on: July 19, 2009, 05:44:27 AM »
I'm with Betty.  I can hardly watch the thing spin on video, let alone have to live in it.  Once the elevator reaches your floor (did the man say 80 stories!), do you have to run in circles, chasing down your front door as it spins wildly?  Great for an amusement park ride - not as a home.

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #17 on: July 19, 2009, 07:00:02 AM »
Dubai is just over the top everything has to be the biggest or the tallest or whatever.Actually I think a lot of it is just tacky like Vegas without the gambling.
I agree with PhysicsGuy and Ann about the workers there.The last time I went to Dubai I was only there 5 days but I saw two construction workers be hit by cars on the road.They drive around in these massive SUV's at crazy speeds and like I said,I saw these 2 workers get hit as they were trying to cross the road.And no one stopped or anything.Because I think in places like UAE,Saudi,Qatar they just don't see these people as human.They're like ants or something that just do the menial labour.

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2009, 09:52:40 AM »
Isn't there a lot of human trafficking with Albanian prostitutes in London?  Amazing how human degradation happens not only in a developing country with unscrupulous business practices (not uncommon particularly, however unfortunate) but also in pillars of haute civilization.

I know that there used to be unsavory trafficking of Chinese women in NYC, but I think it's been a good decade since I've run into a really nasty new story on this so maybe it's changed.

I can't think of a single economy in an already developed country that didn't exploit mass amounts of people to get there.  However, I'd still put sexual slavery pretty far at the top of nastiness.
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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2009, 10:07:08 AM »
Dubai is just over the top everything has to be the biggest or the tallest or whatever.

Funny - I can think a lot of people who say exactly that about the US, but you say it about Vegas.

It is like Irish jokes - everyone tells jokes about the Irish, but the Irish tell jokes about Kerrymen .. which the Kerrymen then put in books and sell to the English.

Isn't there a lot of human trafficking with Albanian prostitutes in London?

Dunno - personally I prefer my willing Brazilian boys. So much more pleasing to the senses ;)

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2009, 10:18:52 AM »

Dunno - personally I prefer my willing Brazilian boys. So much more pleasing to the senses ;)

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2009, 11:37:00 AM »
Isn't there a lot of human trafficking with Albanian prostitutes in London?
Well women from all over Eastern Europe really.The police and foreign office have been cracking down on that thought the last few years I think so it's not as big a problem as it was in say the first few years of 2000.I think parts of France and Germany still have a lot of problems with trafficking and women being exploited.It's difficult in the EU because everyone can move around freely without applying for visas or anything.So I guess it's hard to work out who has been forced to go somewhere.

Places like Dubai I think it's just a huge contrast between the people who have rights,money,power(like male citizens)and the rest who don't(like immigrants and women).They treat women like dirt or possessions and their human rights record is disgusting.But no one does anything about it because they have something everyone else needs(oil etc)
I've never really understood why people like going there for holidays,to me it just seemed so artificial.I guess some people like that though.

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2009, 11:58:24 AM »
I can agree. Dubai isn't even on the list of places I'd ever want to visit. But neither is Vegas.

I could see the novelty behind a turning restaurant. As in, a place you'd go for a nominal amount of time, and then leave. But living in a rotating building?





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« Reply #23 on: July 19, 2009, 12:42:45 PM »


  Damn for a minute there I thought this was  the  lightbulb thread....... 
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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #24 on: July 19, 2009, 06:43:46 PM »
id hang out in it a for a minute. in this economy, if i lost my job, id work in any building, lol.

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #25 on: July 20, 2009, 04:49:25 AM »
FYI
There is a difference between Dubai and Saudi Arabia. Don't assume -- I have worked in both countries.

I agree basically that some people and "guest workers" can be treated like shit.
http://www.hrw.org/en/node/11123/section/5
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?Itemid=32&id=1052&option=com_content&task=view
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Dubai

However, semantically, I don't consider this "slave labour" which to me at least means the law of the land allows slavery.   Half the abuses in these countries seem to be a bad combination of capitalists/gangsters and ignorant people being abused by their own countrymen and then again the companies using the "guest worker".

If you wanna call these gross labour practices "slave labour" then, OK, and note they exist around the world and its not easy to avoid "benefiting" or being implicit in their continuation. 

There are two sides to every story - and even some human rights activists acknowledge the regrettable transitionary period of workers joining the global economy at the lowest level and least power sometimes results in improved standard of life for developing countries....

Having just read several books about the Atlantic Slave Trade, I see parrallels from then, to now, but personally don't define this indentured service as 21st century slave labour. 

But if you want to use that term to call attention to the gross Human Rights abuses, ok fine with me!
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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #26 on: July 20, 2009, 05:02:12 AM »
This is something that makes it even more abhorrent.  They go with the promise of making money to send back to their impoverished families, but they end up getting paid a fraction of what they were promised.
In the Atlantic Slave Trade, different African tribes and "nations" were constantly warring and capturing each other.  Prisoners of war were shackled and sold to middlemen who kept them shackled in the dungeons on the coast, then on the ship, all the way to the destination.  In some New World places they had seasoning camps - a year or two of torture to break the captures humanity and make them slaves.  All of this was legal.
Soviet Gulags.
Nazi Concentration Camps.
etc etc etc.

There is forced trafficing of humans for the sex industry nowadays.  

On the other hand, who's promising these "guest workers" the great futures (agents in both countries), and why are they "believing" it?

A few years ago, it was revealed that WalMarts in the USA were being cleaned by indentured servants, as well...

When i've made Anti WalMart comments in these threads, some people have told me to shut up and they love Wal Mart or, rather, its the only place they can afford to shop.

Who is "enslaving" whom and how....
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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #27 on: July 20, 2009, 05:09:43 AM »
The exploitation of migrant labour is all relative. Most of this exploited labour in the Gulf states comes from the Indian subcontinent. Are their conditions in the Gulf states any worse than if they ended up living in a Mumbai slum, or if they were a six-year-old girl in India mining mica, for an absolute pittance, in order that we in the West can have glitter in our lipstick, a pane of glass in our cooker / stove that isn't going to shatter when it gets hot, or cheap microchips in our PCs that don't cease to function when they heat up?

Don't get me wrong, I am defending nothing; but it is easy to condemn and forget that we all have a part to play in this filthy business. Some of us just happen to have the luxury of being able to export our filthy business to where we can conveniently pretend it doesn't exist - or that it is all OK as long as they have the perverse notion of 'freedom' that we impose with our economic warfare, bombs, depleted-uranium-tipped armaments and white phosphorous.  

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« Reply #28 on: July 20, 2009, 04:31:51 PM »
I think a building like that would be a cool addition to the NY skyline ... but when he mentioned Moscow I just pictured huge chunks of ice falling of it all the time.
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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #29 on: July 20, 2009, 07:51:59 PM »
it's another example of gimmicky architecture for dubai in its quest to market itself as an international tourist destination of choice.

while technically, tricky, i don't think it's a particularly aesthetically appealing building. give me the gherkin any day.

new york doesn't need such gimmicks. new york is and always will be new york.
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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #31 on: July 21, 2009, 07:42:46 AM »
New York built some gimmicky Post Modern stuff - like the ATT (now SONY) where I thoroughly enjoyed the lobby's coolness in the dog days of August. 
New Fangled "cities" like Dubai and Shenzhen can't really be compared to old metropolis's - they are something different to be appreciated for their own weirdness.  Actually, there is something a bit Los Angeles + Vegas about Dubai.
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« Reply #32 on: July 25, 2009, 05:41:22 PM »
There is a single family dwelling on San Marin Drive in Novato.  It is round, single story and rotates on a turntable powered from it's own wind generator which was built in the early 1950's.  It appears to be still turning.   ;D  Have the best day
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« Reply #33 on: August 03, 2009, 09:56:08 PM »
Forget the rotating building...time to sign up for the floating luxury apartment complex in The Netherlands!
http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/29/the-citadel-europes-first-floating-apartment-complex/

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #34 on: August 04, 2009, 05:51:27 AM »

Forget the rotating building...time to sign up for the floating luxury apartment complex in The Netherlands!
http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/29/the-citadel-europes-first-floating-apartment-complex/


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I can't help but think these new places would suffer terribly - eventually, if not right away - from rising damp. But, saying that, I suppose it's a natural progression from barge houses. Might be the wave of the future (pardon the pun) for when global warming decimates coastal habitation.

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Re: Would you live or work in a building where the floors move?
« Reply #35 on: August 04, 2009, 09:27:44 AM »
Not sure about that artist's rendering of the floating complex, especially with it being complete with palm trees (in the Netherlands)!

 


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