To assure people that glass bridge is not that brittle, Chinese volunteers smashed the longest, largest glass bridge with a sledgehammer in China. Top layers could be seen cracking all over, but the bridge’s smashed glass panel withstood the torture even after a huge SUV drove over it to drive the point “it’s very safe” home. It seems that these glass panels on the bridge could be replaced and repaired easily. Obviously, the glass panels are made of multiple layers of glass, and these layers of glass are really tough. The glass bridge designer boasts it could withstand 800 people at once.
Is this how the architects of the future will be? Historically, China got grand historic landmarks such as the Great Wall, but since modernization China is once again ambitiously building monstrous architectural things. Just recently, since July 1st of 2013, China opened up its New Century Global Center. Currently, this newly building boasts to be the biggest in the world. According to Associated Press, this building has around 19 million square feet of floor space, making it equates to about 329 football fields. It got artificial beach, artificial sun, 2 five star hotels, office spaces, 14 IMAX theaters, restaurants, shopping center, largest LED screen in the world which gives backdrop atmosphere to 1,300 foot long wave pool, and much more. Basically, it is a well thought out landmark as it is being placed in a well thought out network of roads and highways and public transportation systems. I’m impressed by the sheer scale and ambition of this building. It reminds me the same ambition of the ancient Egyptians when they had built their pyramids. The video right after the break describes this building in details. I think the video was made before the building was completed, therefore many clips within the video were animated. Nonetheless, enjoy it!!!
English: View of Shanghai’s Lupu Bridge, taken from the rooftop of the Swiss Pavillion at the World Expo 2010 (Pudong side) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This decade has seen China building amazing architectural infrastructures. For an example, if the documentary video right after the break isn’t too far off, I guess China is still holding the title of having built a longest arch bridge in the world. The bridge is known as Shanghai Lupu Arch Bridge. Check out the documentary video right after the break. Enjoy!!!
All Giza Pyramids in one shot. Русский: Все пирамиды Гизы на изображении. Español: Las Pirámides de Guiza (Egipto). Français : Les Pyramides de Gizeh (Egypte). Català: Les Piràmides de Giza, a Egipte. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are people who think the pyramids in Egypt were tombs of the pharaohs. Then, there are others who refute that would be the case. These people think the pyramids were some types of instruments for whatever purposes they believe the Egyptians had the uses for. Nonetheless, we cannot deny the fact that monuments similar to Egyptian pyramids had withstood the test of time, so far. The proofs are that many ancient monuments, partly destroyed or whole, still stand today. With this in mind, an insane idea creeps into my tiny brain.
You see, the idea is that we should build super durable structures, to house people during the catastrophic events such as the hurricane Katrina, and these structures should withstand the test of time just like the pyramids and similar ancient monuments. It’s like shooting two birds with one arrow. The first bird is that this sort of structures can help protect people in cataclysmic events. The second bird is that this sort of structures will be our monuments for the future (i.e., just like how pyramids are the monuments of the past). Crazy?
New material, CO2, speeds up the process of building and rebuilding of new and old architectures by many times over the traditional materials such as concretes.