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This pretty much fills my awesome quota for the week:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7472722.stm



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This pretty much fills my awesome quota for the week:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7472722.stm

Man, is that cool!  Dubai seems to get a lot of cool stuff. 

Pro:  If your upstairs neighbors are being amorous and making a racket you can just hit your remote control and switch neighbors. 

Con:  What if the guy on the other side of the building wants to see the same view as you?  Maybe they will lease / sell units by the floor.

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I get the impression you don't get to choose how fast it rotates, but each floor has its own set rate.

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I just had a sci-fi moment...

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Sweet.  I remember reading somewhere that there was an architect who had planned out a whole town like that, complete with living quarters/apartments/condos, restaurants, entertainment, and shops.  I guess it's not as far in the future as I thought it'd be.


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Am I the only person who really doesn't like the idea of this? I much prefer that all the buildings around me look the same every time I look at them.

Which isn't a knock against the concept (though I wonder if the energy cost is justifiable in this day and age). There's a coolness to it I can't deny. It's just that I'd rather it remains something cool I heard about than something I would actually have to live around.



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(though I wonder if the energy cost is justifiable in this day and age)
The article says it's powered by integrated wind turbines. Which doesn't necessarily mean that it won't use any fossil fuels, of course. But assuming the reporter got that right, then it should be acceptable.

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(though I wonder if the energy cost is justifiable in this day and age)
The article says it's powered by integrated wind turbines. Which doesn't necessarily mean that it won't use any fossil fuels, of course. But assuming the reporter got that right, then it should be acceptable.

I read in the linked article that the turbines will generate enough energy to dump a surplus back into the grid.

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Am I the only person who really doesn't like the idea of this? I much prefer that all the buildings around me look the same every time I look at them.

Which isn't a knock against the concept (though I wonder if the energy cost is justifiable in this day and age). There's a coolness to it I can't deny. It's just that I'd rather it remains something cool I heard about than something I would actually have to live around.

Well, I wouldn't want to live in it, mind you.  But I wouldn't mind visiting a friend there. 


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Am I the only person who really doesn't like the idea of this? I much prefer that all the buildings around me look the same every time I look at them.

Which isn't a knock against the concept (though I wonder if the energy cost is justifiable in this day and age). There's a coolness to it I can't deny. It's just that I'd rather it remains something cool I heard about than something I would actually have to live around.

Well, I wouldn't want to live in it, mind you.  But I wouldn't mind visiting a friend there. 

You could just change it so that everytime you looked out of whichever window you saw the same thing.



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Reply #10 on: June 27, 2008, 07:51:15 PM
This pretty much fills my awesome quota for the week:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7472722.stm
That is made of win and awesome!

A couple things that might have been missed:
-Each floor is its own apartment, so there would only be fights inside the house as to who gets to watch the sun set.
-The rotation is controlled by voice command.
-It's being build in Dubai. Most of the people who would own the apartments are too rich to bother visiting them, let alone worry if they're cost effective.

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Reply #11 on: June 28, 2008, 07:57:49 PM
So, the cheapest one goes for 3.6 million?  I wonder if I'll be able to afford a one-week timeshare sub-let if I save from now until I'm... um... dead. ???

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