28-02-07_0956.jpgDid you know that it took ten million bricks to build the Empire State Building? Did you know that residents of the John Hancock Center sometimes have to call down to the doorman to find out the weather on the streets below? Did you know a building in Dubai is planned to be nearly one half mile high?

From the the Empire State Building to the Chrysler Building, to the Sears and Hancock Towers, to the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, to the World Trade Center, lies all the drama, excitement, and tragedy of man’s attempt to reach ever closer to the clouds. Skyscraper are a history in themselves of ambition, science, and curiosity, beginning with their origins at the Pyramid of Giza and the Eiffel Tower and then moving to New York (the skyscraper capital of the world), Chicago, Boston, and finally to the skyward expansion that is spreading across the globe.

The current technology in this field is advancing so rapidly that engineers literally stack one floor on top of others through the huge internal mounted cranes, which sometimes push the floor count to two floors a week

Islamabad is probably just entering the skyscraper era with new buildings lined up under construction. However my obeservation is that the speed of construction is pathetically slow. For example, in the case of Islamabad Stock Exchange, which happens to be right in my neighbourhood. Over a period of five months, I haven’t noticed much upward movement.

Can someone share some of their experiences on what’s going on in there?

1 Comment so far

  1. Purple_Haze (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 9:04 pm

    Well! PK is also gearing up for worlds tallest building in karachi, which I think would be 2nd tallest if built at 1947 ft compared to Burj under construction in Dubai (2100 ft {2600 ft with antenna}). That will be simply dumb as we should make it higher and make it the tallest.

    I am really looking forward to centaurus by the way, has the construction started yet?

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