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Found it in this lovely book I bought about soviet architecture. There's some amazing stuff in there. http://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/photography/all/05744/facts.frederic_chaubin_cosmic_communist_constructions_photographed.htm
from drawings in the 70s
isn't new and ymmv because of the brutalist/modernist style but the concept is absolutely incredible.
also, built in a location that likely gives it the best views ever: http://goo.gl/maps/gDyAh
I wish Worlds Fairs were still such a big deal, between that and the Wigsphere they give us so much ridiculous architecture.
EDIT: Apparently Worlds Fairs are still a thing, with the next one happening in Milan in 2015. Totally going to that.
almost died of happy
but as I said, I like it mostly because of the concept.
but boy does the whole thing look drab from the river
I love the idea of them being all interconnected, like as seen in this picture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Habitat_67_(Montreal).jpg, it looks much nicer from this perspective, I think it's mostly the colour scheme I don't like
ruined by the bourgeois residents.
like, any romance is immediately dispelled by the lack of Soviet communists or anyone else similarly alien/inscrutable.
basically, any strange and compelling architecture can become mundane if it just becomes a commune for regular people. too lived in...domesticated.
Sadly there aren't any pictures that do justice to how weird it looks up close.
from my coach home last Sunday. blew my mind a bit, awesome building.
one I would like to see IRL...
700 ft Buddha monastery.
While technically a city, it was all completely connected and inter-dependent on one another. Really, really fascinating how the city grew mostly due to a vacuum in ownership between the British and Chinese. Estimated up to 50,000 people living in it at one point, mostly illegal immigrants and the incredibly poor. Despite this, a lot of people just moved there because they saw "opportunity". Most of the ground streets never saw daylight, and florescent lighting was scarce. The idea of an entire eco-system functioning within this http://cdn.visualnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/kowloon2.jpg is mind-blowing. The poverty, crime; gambling, prostitution, etc. etc. that went on (and they could get away with because it was basically a lawless city controlled by the Triads). Until it got demolished in 1994, it was the most densely populated area in the world. You could move the entire population of Texas to Manhattan Island, and Kowloon City would STILL be the most densely populated place in the world. Absolute madness.
This is the size of your average "street" on the left http://images.coilhouse.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/alley.jpg. No trash collectors or anything so it just all builds up, including human waste.
and not just cladding either. planning to open for business next year, apparently. i think it looks mega from the outside.