Preview of World's First Rotating Skyscraper Preview of World's First Rotating Skyscraper The Associated PressArchitect Dr. David Fisher unveiled the Dynamic Tower, the world's first building in motion. The rotate skyscrapers, which are planned worldwide, have floors which rotate independently to create a building that constantly changes shape. (June 24) Is it the skyscraper of the future? Or just a "pie in the sky" idea? Italian architect David Fisher unveiled in New York the design for what he's calling the world's first "building in motion." It's an 80-story residential tower with revolving floors, ostensibly set for construction in Dubai this fall. (David Fisher, Architect) "It's the first building that is dynamic, changing its' shape. You can adjust the shape any given moment." Fisher says he is also slated to build one of the "dynamic" buildings in Moscow, and, he hopes, New York City. He says the buildings also double as power generators: wind turbines on every floor will provide power. "Wind has a very negative affect on skyscrapers we all know. So I say 'why do we want to fight the wind?' Why don't we use the wind, to our own benefit? The Dubai condos are going for three-thousand dollars a square foot. Lifts will allow penthouse residents to park their cars right in their apartments. Fisher says the building parts will be prefabricated in a factory in Italy then assembled at the final location. The architect says he'd like to have the Dubai building ready to live in by 2010. Ted Shaffrey, The Associated Press, New York
An Italian architect said he is poised to start construction on a new skyscraper in Dubai that will be "the world's first building in motion," an 80-story tower with revolving floors that give it an ever-shifting shape.
The spinning floors, hung like rings around an immobile cement core, would offer residents a constantly changing view of the Persian Gulf and the city's futuristic skyline.
A few penthouse villas would spin on command using a voice-activated computer. The motion of the rest of the building would be choreographed in patterns that could be altered over time.
Speaking at a news conference in New York on Tuesday, the building's designer, David Fisher, declared that his tower will revolutionize the way skyscrapers are made -- a claim that might strike some as excessively bold.
Fisher acknowledges that he is not well known, has never built a skyscraper before and hasn't practiced architecture regularly in decades.
But he insisted his lack of experience wouldn't stop him from completing the project, which has attracted top design talent, including Leslie E. Robertson, the structural engineer for the World Trade Center and the Shanghai World Financial Center.
"I did not design skyscrapers, but I feel ready to do so," Fisher said.
Twisting floors are just one of several futuristic features in the building, the first of several Fisher hopes to build with a similar design.
Giant wind turbines installed between every floor, he said, will generate enough electricity to power the entire building, and lifts will allow penthouse residents to park their cars right at their apartments.
A second version of the tower, to be built in Moscow, would have a retractable helicopter pad. Both structures, at over 1,300 feet, would be taller than the Empire State Building.
Even the method of construction would be unorthodox.
Fisher said each floor will be prefabricated in an Italian factory, then shipped to the site to be attached to the core. Assembling a building in this fashion, he said, will require only 80 technicians and take only 20 months, saving tens of millions of dollars, for a total cost of $700 million to build.
On its face, the project seems to pose a number of complicated engineering puzzles.
How would the plumbing hookups work in an apartment that is constantly moving? Fisher said the pipes will connect to the core via attachments similar to the ones used by military aircraft for in-flight refueling.
Wouldn't people get dizzy? No, says Fisher. The rotations will be slow enough that no one will notice.
With so many moving parts, wouldn't the building be a maintenance nightmare? Fisher said the building's modular construction will allow easy access to parts that need to be replaced.
Robertson, who attended Tuesday's news conference, said that the skyscraper might be unusual, but is "absolutely" buildable.
"You can build anything," he said, smiling.
Fisher declined to say exactly where in Dubai the tower will be built or when site work might begin. He insisted, however, that factory production is set to start within weeks and that the tower, which will contain office space, a luxury hotel and apartments, will be complete by 2010.
Sales of individual apartments will begin in September, with asking prices of around $3,000 per square foot. The smallest, at 1,330 square feet, would cost about $4 million and the largest, a 12,900-square-foot villa, $38.7 million.
Skeptics might question Fisher's credentials to pull off the job.
In a biography he had been distributing for months, he said he graduated from the University of Florence in 1976, came to New York in the mid-1980s and later developed hotels and ran a company that specialized in stone and prefabricated construction materials.
The biography also said he received an honorary doctorate from "The Prodeo Institute at Columbia University in New York." No such institution exists, however, and Columbia said it had never awarded Fisher an honorary degree.
Asked to explain the discrepancy, Fisher said, through his New York publicists, that he had been awarded the degree by the Catholic University of Rome during a ceremony in 1994 held at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, which is near Columbia's campus.
Asked again to clarify the name of the school that conferred the degree, Fisher's publicists said in an e-mail that the information has been removed from his bio "because he wants to be entirely accurate and cannot be with this information."
Theater Experience Evolves with Environmental Redesign and Introduction of VIP Indulgence Package
With the evocative spectacle, "Le Reve" (The Dream), Wynn Las Vegas has redefined both the traditional theatrical experience as well as the place in which it occurs. Inspired by the casual elegance of the resort it calls home, the "Le Reve" Theater environment has been completely remodeled with a warmer palate, the most luxurious seats on the Las Vegas Strip and a VIP Indulgence Package complete with champagne bottle service and behind the scenes video monitors.
The redesign of the "Le Reve" Theater started minutes after the last show on March 5 and took over 200 workers and 30 days to complete. Designed by Mark Fisher and Roger Thomas, the extensive project included repainting the theater, recovering the walls, installing entirely new custom-made seating and flooring and creating the exclusive Champagne Circle area. The theater went from 2087 seats to 1606, providing additional room for guests and a more intimate theatrical experience. The surroundings are now soft and warm with rhythmic decorative flourishes inspired by Art Nouveau floral motifs. Luxe fabrics, plush chairs and a warm blend of cocoa, bronze and deep reds complete the feeling of elegance and style.
For those craving the ultimate in luxury, the new VIP Indulgence Package offers an evening of extravagance with complimentary Perrier Jouet champagne bottle service; chocolate covered strawberries; generously scaled lounge seating with plenty of leg room; and video monitors providing up close imagery and behind the scenes glimpses during the show. Package holders will experience the prestige of exclusive opportunities at Wynn Las Vegas with a "Privileged Access" pass for dining and entertainment on the day of the performance. The VIP Indulgence Package is generously priced $159 per person and is limited to less than 100 seats per show.
"Le Reve" offers breathtaking performances in an intimate aqua theater in the-round. With seats no more than 12 rows from the stage, the theater provides an intimate setting which allows the audience to escape reality and let their provoked imagination lead the way. The show features aerial acrobatics, provocative choreography and artistic athleticism. Live music and elaborate special effects immerse the audience into a world of fantasy, adventure and intrigue. "Le Reve" was created by DRAGONE, whose signature brand of visually stunning and innovative entertainment is at the core of the production.
Ticket prices are $99 (Splash Zone), $119 (Premium Seating) and $159 (VIP Indulgence Package). The new show schedule is 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Thursday; 8:30 p.m. on Friday; and 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 on Saturday. The show is dark (no performances) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more information please visit www.wynnlasvegas**** or call 702-770-WYNN.
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Orlando, Fla. Rising up in Orlando is a whimsical, one of a kind water park only SeaWorld could create Aquatica. Opening March 2008, Aquatica blends up close animal experiences, waters from serene to extreme, high speed thrills and wide, sandy beaches.
SeaWorld is famous for immersing guests in the mystery of the sea and its animals, said Jim Atchison, executive vice president and general manager of SeaWorld Orlando. Aquatica takes this immersion to a new level, inviting guests to play in, over, and under the water itself.
Setting foot into Aquatica, guests immediately experience the vastness of nearly 60 acres of lush landscape inspired by the vivid color, stunning flora and carefree personality of the South Sea Islands. Reminiscent of the rugged beauty of New Zealand, Australia and New Guinea, the landscape of Aquatica is striking. Crystal blue rivers wind through hidden grottos and refreshing waterfalls, while rich greenery and bright flowers adorn towering rock formations.
Peeking through this verdant landscape, brightly colored, quirky buildings topped with swooping, pitched roofs create an uplifting, carefree setting. Colorful, whimsical animals derivative patterns from New Zealand's Maori culture adorn carved totem poles and interactive fountains.
Live animals from lands all over the world including Commersons dolphins, brilliant macaws and colorful fish bring to life the park's playful, high energy nature.
Aquatica features the most thrilling water rides in the world with 36 water slides, six rivers and lagoons, and more than 80,000 square feet of beach area. Designed in a way that could only be done by SeaWorld, these distinct attractions will zoom, float and splash guests through amazing animal habitats and undersea adventures.
The parks signature attraction plunges riders in clear tubes through a crystal-blue lagoon with black-and-white Commersons dolphins. Guests feel as if they are flying beneath the sea among these beautiful animals. While similar in coloration to SeaWorlds icon, Shamu, these dolphins are also distinctly different. In addition to being much smaller, they are also fast, agile swimmers making them the perfect inhabitants for this lively park.
Aquaticas attractions offer equal emphasis on high energy thrill rides and immersive swimming experiences. A colorful mix of racing tunnels, raft rides and rivers offer crashing surf and high speed thrills, while pools, lagoons and lazy rivers invite guests to enjoy slower pace.
Many of the parks attractions even offer dual experiences within the same ride. Two immense wave lagoons create the world's only side by side wave pools that can be operated independently or together. Though side by side, each lagoon offers a very different experience one with crashing waves and 5 foot swells, the other with a gently rolling surf. Nine different wave patterns can be created throughout the two pools, with the ability to generate one immense wave, or even dueling waves.
Winding rivers throughout Aquatica also offer two different journeys from serene to extreme. One river carries guests through gentle waterfalls, past exotic birds and into an undersea grotto with thousands of colorful fish. An adjacent river offers pure thrill, jetting riders through rolling rapids, rushing geysers and racing waters.
Colorful eight lane racing slides, triple drop raft rides, double inner tubes, and a 6 story family ride round out the mix of thrills.
Even the littlest swimmers will enjoy one of a kind attractions at Aquatica. One of the worlds largest interactive water play areas includes a colorful rain fortress that towers 60 feet above a 15,000 square foot pool. The entire family can zoom together on slides and blast water cannons. In a separate childrens pool, even those Aquatica guests not old enough to walk can still slide down tubes with Mom and Dad in specially built rafts.
Plenty of wide, sand beaches, refreshing lagoons and cool shade from towering oaks and exotic trees create the ultimate water park for guest comfort. Personal cabanas dot the shoreline for those who desire a private retreat. The entire park is designed to limit wait times and provide easy access to rides, attractions and even restaurants. Those who don't want to leave the comfort of their lounge chair can even enjoy beachside waiter service. All of this allows more time for carefree family fun.
Aquatica will be the natural complement to a full days adventure at SeaWorld Orlando, and create a trio of SeaWorld parks in Central Florida that collectively provide experiences found nowhere else in the world.
In a destination famous for immersing families in fun, the SeaWorld parks offer the ultimate in family togetherness, connecting guests to the sea and with each other in three immersive, interactive, but very different, ways, said Joe Couceiro, corporate vice president of marketing.
Guests are amazed by the wonders of the sea at SeaWorld. They can then visit Aquatica to indulge in the playfulness of the sea, as they zoom, float and splash through amazing animal habitats. For the ultimate in immersion, the companys Discovery Cove park offers a completely different experience an exclusive tropical paradise, with limited attendance, where guests have up-close encounters with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, rays and tropical fish. Whether making wondrous connections, having carefree fun, or enjoying up close animal encounters, the SeaWorld parks offer guests an unmatched Orlando family vacation.
Natural, exotic, untamed, fun SeaWorlds new water park, Aquatica, has an attitude all its own. Offering fun as endless as the sea itself, it's not what you would expect from a water park, unless that park is created by SeaWorld.
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Las Vegas Magician Nathan Burton to Be Frozen Inside An M Shaped Ice Block For 24 Hours to Celebrate Miracle Mile Shops New Name
Magician Nathan Burton will encase himself in a gigantic M shaped ice sculpture for 24 hours in front of Miracle Mile Shops north Las Vegas Boulevard entrance on Monday, May 21 beginning at 10 a.m.
The frozen M is so massive it can last up to three days in 100 degree weather. Weighing ten tons and having 10 inch thick walls, Burton will not be able to escape until several Miracle Mile owners break open the ice to set him free at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22. Burton will be joined by 96 showgirls rotating in and out of the ice to keep him company.
Visitors to the Strip will be able to touch and inspect the sculpture, which is shaped as an M to celebrate Miracle Mile Shops ongoing makeover focusing on de theming the center's original design. Miracle Mile Shops is a 475,000 square foot retail entertainment complex at the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard. Currently, the shopping center is undergoing renovations to its interior and exterior a move to create synergy with the adjoining casinos rebranding into the Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino. Miracle Mile Shops features 170 specialty stores, 15 restaurants and live entertainment.
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*******www.Sharon-Bateman**** - Boulder Spring Farm is a postcard come to life.
It is a cherished home in a treasured town, protected to the West by Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak, to the South by Nebraska Notch and the Green Mountain to the south, and to the East by the Worcester Range and Little River Valley.
In this video, you will embark on a tour of this magnificent 7,700-square-foot estate and its surrounding 40+ acres of lush countryside. We will take you on an exploration of the unique features of this great estate. You will find beauty, history, and, we sincerely hope, your new home.
Come tour Boulder Spring Farm to see for yourself why it is one of the most photographed (and photogenic) estates in Stowe, Vermont.
Nestled atop Edson Hill, Boulder Spring Farm is a pastoral retreat completely in harmony with its bucolic New England surroundings. So named for the bubbling brook that flows from the top of Mount Mansfield and winds itself through the forty acres of the property, the Farm commands two-hundred-and-seventy degree views of the land, mountains, sunshine and stars.
Here, you are at one with nature and its beauty, whether you are sitting cozily inside the main house, walking across the meadow to the oak post-and-beam Barn, or sitting on the dock outside the Pond Cottage taking in the sunset and its shimmering reflection in the waters of the Farm’s four spring-fed ponds.
Built in the style of a Connecticut River Valley Colonial home, the 22-year-old main house brings a colonial past into the contemporary present. The spacious rooms are awash in bright light. Historic details like the Tavern-style kitchen, detailed moldings, carved raised-panel cherry cabinets, and stenciled walls call to mind the storied homes of America’s historic gentry.
That history is firmly rooted and built upon an agrarian society. Thomas Jefferson looked after his own fields and so did Boulder Hill Farm’s earliest owners. This was an active working farm where the Lambert family raised livestock until it was inherited by javelin-throwing Olympian Bill Alley. Local lore holds that before the farm passed hands to Alley, the Lamberts buried their beloved bull "Hedgerows Maximilian" on the land where he faithfully protected the family's heifers. Now, deer pay homage to him at dawn and dusk when they dance among the grasses he used to graze.
There are multiple rooms for family gatherings and quiet nights alike. The Garden room allows you to immerse yourself in the light and warmth of the sun's rays. Speaking of the sun, a screened in porch brings you one step closer to nature, giving you a view onto the raised bed vegetable gardens - an excellent perch from which to monitor the progress of your botanical efforts.
The Piano Room or the Den can be the perfect spot to enjoy the warmth of a crackling fire. The Piano Room features a masonry fireplace with a flamed granite hearth, polished granite surround and double crown moldings.
The first floor Master Suite commands views on three sides where you can watch the sun and moon rise over the Worcester Mountains and set over Mt. Mansfield.
The elegance of the formal Dining Room is accentuated by the magnificently detailed and historic stenciling work of internationally known artist David Wiggins.
The spacious Tavern style kitchen brings together old world charm with the ease of modern conveniences. A large fireplace and hearth invites both the homeowners and their guests to cluster in the kitchen for nibbles and conversation. Boulder Spring Farm's modern chef can enjoy preparing dishes on an expansive granite countertop with everything at his or her fingertips. The fireplace in the kitchen makes for four fireplaces at the Farm, the other are found in the Den, Piano Room, and Guest Suite.
The Main House boasts wood floors in cherry and pine. A romantic winding staircase, one of the many architectural details of a traditional Connecticut River Valley Colonial home, brings you upstairs to the three large guest rooms as well as the luxurious master suite. Each is a canvas for the imagination.
Sometimes we all need a getaway from our getaway. Open the swing door to Boulder Spring Farm's barn to enter a 40' x 60' space that is just the place for a workshop, office or studio.
At the edge of the lower pond is the aptly named Pond Cottage, a retreat that offers total privacy as well as a living room with a fireplace, an adjoining kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. This cozy enclave is the place to pen a novel by morning's early light, take a catnap in the afternoon sun, or watch one's children giggle and splash as they jump from the dock into the fresh pond water.
A respect for pristine lands is not uncommon in Stowe. This is a place where people celebrate the picturesque setting – winter, spring, summer and fall. Boulder Hill Farm is the epitome of that commitment to protecting the best Stowe has to offer: it’s year-round beauty, serenity, and calm. When you stay at the Farm, all you need is a sunny sky, picnic basket, and the company of family and friends to enjoy the beauty of Stowe in the summer, or a set of cross country skis to tour the property in winter's frosted glow.
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Kickoff of National Awareness Campaign to Show Parents the Benefits of Baby Massage
What do you get when you combine thousands of little toes and warm hands with more than 200 pounds of baby lotion in a 900-square-foot area? Palmer's World's Largest Baby Butter Massage! During the 2007 American Baby Faire in Dallas on April 14th, Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula, a leader in the skin care industry and maker of Baby Butter Massage Lotion, conducted a multi-baby massage feat that participants and spectators went "ga ga" over. The event kicked off a national campaign designed to promote awareness regarding this important bonding activity.
Attachment expert and co-author of "Baby Massage for Dummies," Joanne Bagshaw, MA, is the spokeswoman for Palmer's baby massage campaign. "Having a new baby is an incredible source of pride and joy; however, parenting can also be very difficult and demanding at times," said Joanne Bagshaw, MA, coauthor of "Baby Massage for Dummies." "Palmer's World's Largest Baby Butter Massage was conceived to raise awareness surrounding the pacifying art of baby massage, while showing proper techniques to bond with your baby. Massage can help stimulate or relax baby, and has been known to help soothe a variety of common problems with baby, such as fussiness or colic."
Joanne offered invaluable tips to the record-setting parents in Dallas on how to best massage baby. She advised parents to always be gentle when practicing massage on infants, to remain attentive throughout the duration of the massage and to maintain a relaxed demeanor throughout the massage, all of which maximize the soothing effects on baby. The goal of the Palmer's campaign is to show parents that if done properly, infant massage not only creates an attachment between parent and child, but also releases mood-enhancing endorphins in baby, encourages sleep and calms fussy babies.
Visit www.etbrowne**** for more information on Palmer's skin care and Cocoa Butter Formula Baby Butter Massage Lotion. Learn more about American Baby Faire, the nation's largest baby expo, at www.americanbabyfaire****.
You can practically feel the spirit of the island the minute you step into this newly opened 17,000 square foot spa. Treatments will alleviate stress and ease the soul.
Master Builder with Dave Perewitz is a "how to" style show featuring the godfather of custom bike building, Dave Perewitz. Master Builder is shot on location at Dave Perewitz's 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art shop located in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. The show will be broken up into several separate series consisting of 10 episodes per series Each episode is about 30 to 45 minutes in length and has a unique kick ass soundtrack. The initial series will be a step by step instructional video on converting a late Harley Davidson Soft Tail to a fully customized Dave Perewitz custom. Get your bikes ready... Dave will show you how to do it...
1. The Plan
2. The Breakdown
3. Chop the Tail
4. Chop and Rake Front End
5. Tins and Fabricating
6. Performance Mods
7. Exhaust and Mounting, Air Filter and Carburetor
8. Paint Prep
10. Wiring, Handlebars and Final Assembly
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In this lesson, Dorsey Barger, owner of the famous Eastside Cafe in Austin, Texas, takes you though all the steps for setting up your own, successful garden.
Southern California firm Electron Beam Industries has announced a new 5,000 square foot "State of the art" clean room environment in its new Placentia facility. The electron beam and laser welding laboratory includes separate metallurgical and inspection labs, which analysts predict is certain to increase EBI’s reputation as a leader in the Laser and Electron beam welding industry.
The quality and reliability of electron beam welding make it a superior alternative to conventional welding services. Electron beam welds are performed in a vacuum, so they are clean and free from oxidation, making them ideal for joining anything from heart pacemakers to aircraft sensors.
The added flexibility and high precision of EBI’s laser welding capabilities gives them the ability to offer a wide range of precision welding services.
Using either technology, Electron Beam Industries is capable of welding materials as thin as 2 thousandths of an inch and up to half an inch, with minimal distortion, no oxidation, a high depth to width ratio and unlimited repeatability.
EBI’s services have received NADCAP certification, and you can’t get much better credentials than that. So, for the highest quality, precision and reliability, trust your welding needs to Electron Beam Industries.
Barceló Los Cabos Palace Deluxe offers adult guests a wealth of activities, services and amenities, including a world-class, 18,000-square-foot spa; a cigar lounge; a martini bar and much, much more.
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Luxury Hotel Tower, Convention/Catering Facilities, Pools and Lavish Suites Highlight Resort Expansion
Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., (NYSE:HET) today announced an approximately $1 billion expansion of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, a key initiative in the development of the company's renowned Caesars brand. This expansion is another project in the extensive growth portfolio announced in the past 24 months by Harrah's, including:, London Clubs International, Margaritaville Casino & Resort in Biloxi, Miss., The Pier at Caesars Atlantic City, a new hotel tower at Harrah's Atlantic City, a new hotel at Harrah's New Orleans, and a substantial expansion to the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.
The center piece of the expansion is the luxurious new 665-room hotel tower the Octavius Tower. The Octavius Tower will be located adjacent to a new 263,000-square-foot meeting and convention center. Three new luxurious pool villa suites will be built along the second floor of the new tower and will overlook three new swimming pools that will rim an expanded outdoor whirlpool spa retreat, a poolside cafe and nearby garden wedding venue. This expansion is slated for completion in early 2009.
Tranquilly nestled in the heart of surrounding convenience lies a charming estate on a sweeping property, ideal for entertaining. Luxury thrives in this expertly crafted 5,975 square foot residence, complete with glimmering pool and exotic rock detail, surrounded by attractive desert landscaping.
What does a retired truck driver do with a 300 square foot hay shed? If he's Poppy, he turns it into a premier double handed fly shop with national and international renown.