Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Words of Wisdom : Joyful Living

Lama Yeshe Lösal Rinpoche of Samye Ling Tibetan Monastery in Scotland, offers practical advice on how to become a happier and better human being.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Architecture:Jin Mao Tower

Jin Mao Tower - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Jin Mao Tower (literally "Golden Prosperity Building") is an 88-story landmark supertall skyscraper in the Lujiazui area of the Pudong district of Shanghai, People's Republic of China. It contains offices and the Shanghai Grand Hyatt hotel. Until 2007 it was the tallest building in the PRC & the 5th tallest in the world.
It was designed by the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Its postmodern form, whose complexity rises as it ascends, draws on traditional Chinese architecture such as the tiered pagoda, gently stepping back to create a rhythmic pattern as it rises. Like the Petronas Towers in Malaysia, the building's proportions revolve around the number 8, associated with prosperity in Chinese culture. The 88 floors (93 if the spire floors are counted) are divided into 16 segments, each of which is 1/8th shorter than the 16-story base. The tower is built around an octagon-shaped concrete shear wall core surrounded by 8 exterior composite supercolumns and 8 exterior steel columns. Three sets of 8 two-story high outrigger trusses connect the columns to the core at six of the floors to provide additional support.

Thursday, December 18, 2008


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