Friday, December 7, 2012

Sun/Shade & Urban Development - November 2012

The following relate to urban development and urban design in general, specific projects, and sun/shade issues.  They were derived from our twitter feed ( or @SunPosition).

Last week, @nationalpost spoke with Alessandro about a few of the design details in the Pier 27 penthouse model

Retweeted by Ralph Bouwmeester

RT @NewHomeBuyers: Core Architects designs one sweet looking project! Love what @mytributehomes presents us ->

RT @NewHomeBuyers: Core Architects designs one sweet looking project! Love what @TributeCommunities presents us ->

Urban designer Claude Cormier just oozes creativity & charisma. Here's what we're working on with him for #30Ordnance. 

Retweeted by Ralph Bouwmeester

Calgary's Bow: An Iconic Skyscraper Revisited…

RT @NewHomeBuyers: Learn more about Babak Eslahjou of Core Architects ->

RT @brad_tor74: Oxford Debates Building the Tallest Skyscraper in Canada... 

Shorter shadow impacts too > Skyscrapers Are Skinnier Than Ever

Buildings are thinner than ever, especially in places where there isn't much space to build, according to The Wall Street Journal's Eliot Brown.

The trend isn't only being seen in New York. Skinny buildings have been in Hong Kong for years, and are just now popping up in Tel Aviv and

18 Nov Ralph Bouwmeester @SunPosition
"If you can build more slender and higher, you can get more units with good views—and height is valued." -

John Portman & Associates awarded new 400 m tall high-rise in China

John Portman & Associates (Portman) has been selected to design Tianlong Fortune Center, the first super tall skyscraper tower in Nanning, with a height of 1,312 feet (400 meters). As the goal for this project was to create a unique and powerful symbol for Nanning, the architects created a simple compelling form that would be instantly recognizable all over the world… 

Worker to be 'fired'?? RT @CP24: Glass falls from Trump Tower during construction work

Unique idea > Developer wants to let the sunshine in and it will all be done with mirrors

A DEVELOPER wants to install giant mirrors on the side of a proposed 35-storey high-rise to reflect daylight into the narrow gap between it and an existing apartment block.

Developer Highbury Focus4 has lodged a planning application with Melbourne City Council proposing the use of ''heliostats'' - mirrors that turn to keep reflecting sunlight to a specific target.

It is believed to be the first time that heliostats have been proposed in a residential setting in Melbourne, and could set an interesting precedent in a city where developers are keen to find ways to enable high-rise buildings on small CBD sites… 

Cheers, Ralph

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