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Towers and Skyscrapers. From Babel to Dubai
With our skylines dominated by skyscrapers, it is easy to forget the sheer height and phenomena of these beast of buildings. “Towers and Skyscrapers. From Babel to Dubai“, an exhibition currently running at Caixa Forum, looks at the grand evolution of the skyscraper where mankind embarked on a quest to advance it’s creativity and push boundaries in architecture.
We visited the Number 3 exhibition recently, which explored the way that we become subjected by the urban spaces that we create. This interesting display of the world’s best skyscrapers identifies the key changes in history and how this influenced the buildings that were designed and constructed. The myth of the Tower of Babel is featured as a pivot building in the exhibition, as it was built on a huge scale, particularly for it’s time and was constructed high in an attempt to be close to heaven. This religious aspiration of being close to a greater power was common amongst many religions and therefore affected the buildings designed such as, watchtowers, temples and city halls.
The 19th century presented bold efforts with The Eiffel Tour, designed and constructed by engineer Gustave Eiffel’s company, timed around the French revolution. This is a building that the French wanted to make a statement with and it still does to this very day. In the US, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire occurred and prompted the rise of skyscrapers with the Home Insurance Building (1885) erected at 42 meters. Flatiron (87ms,1902), Singer (186ms,1908) and Woolworth (241 ms, 1913) buildings soon followed and New York City soon built up a futuristic styled financial district.
After having dominated the skyscraper scene, Europe and other continents have taken precedence with that of the Gherkin in London, Taipei 101 in Taiwan and Torre Agbar in our home city of Barcelona. Burj Khalifa in Dubai, stands 828 metres high, making it the world’s tallest skyscraper to date. The exhibition is based near Montjuïc and is on until the 9th September.
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