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November 30, 2009 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Meris Lutz
Dubai is a clever blend of audacity and architecture, a shiny monument to the egos and ambition that turned a tiny emirate into a Middle East financial giant. Russian oligarchs stroll along man-made islands shaped like palm trees, and sheiks race down a ski slope built inside a shopping mall. Lacking the oil reserves of the emirate's neighbors, Dubai's ruling family created a parallel economic reality fueled by real estate, international investment and the art of the possible. The emirate was fashioned into a sleek cityscape of startling images: Islam balanced against the seduction of Western capitalism, and tribal traditions brushing the fleeting trends of globalization.
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March 9, 2010 | By Blair Kamin
Bruce Graham, the hard-driving architect of the Willis Tower, once the world's tallest building, and the John Hancock Center, the X-braced giant that became a symbol of Chicago's industrial might, has died. He was 84. Graham died Saturday at his home in Hobe Sound, Fla., from complications of Alzheimer's disease, said his son, George. At the peak of his influence, from the 1960s through the 1980s, Graham was the top man at Chicago's biggest architectural firm, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and had the ear of business leaders and politicians.
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TRAVEL
January 10, 2010
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NEWS
May 4, 1989 | From Reuters
Protected by an international treaty and a 24-hour guard, Rosie the duck hatched her chicks Wednesday on a busy sidewalk in the shadow of the world's tallest building. Snuggled in a nest of evergreen branches in a planter, the mallard gave birth to six ducklings near the famed Sears Tower. Tishman Speyer Properties, the owners of the office building where Rosie chose to hatch her eggs, assigned a 24-hour guard after learning that the mallard is protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which prohibits anyone from disturbing the bird.
NEWS
October 31, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Sears, Roebuck & Co. today announced it is selling Sears Tower, its corporate headquarters and the world's tallest building, as part of an effort to streamline the company. Sears' restructuring plan also will include a stock buyback, "intense cost-cutting" programs and the sale of its commercial real estate subsidiary, Los Angeles-based Coldwell Banker Commercial Group. Another element will be an "everyday low pricing" strategy instead of frequent sales, the nation's largest retailer said.
NEWS
January 16, 1990 | ROBERT A. JONES
Dear Mr. Trump: We love it that you love L.A. As soon as we picked up our Sunday paper and saw--right there on Page 1!--your plans to tear down the ratty Ambassador Hotel and build the World's Tallest Building in its place, our smog-choked chests heaved with pride. Trumpomania, here at last! Do you wanna know how bad it was before you got here? Here's how bad: Just last summer we topped off the Library Tower building downtown and thought it was a big deal.
BUSINESS
February 6, 1990 | From Reuters
Newly rich Taiwan wants it all, the world's tallest building, its own Las Vegas and a Statue of Liberty with a laser-beam torch and a planetarium in its head. After decades of penny-pinching, Taiwan's cash-flush planners are joyfully freeing some of their wilder dreams in the name of progress. "It's no problem for us to make these kind of ideas come true," said Jeff Chia, an official in the Taipei mass-transit development office. "The money is not a problem, anyway."
WORLD
December 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A French urban climber who calls himself Spiderman scaled the world's tallest building, Taiwan's Taipei 101. Alain Robert, 42, took almost four hours to reach the top of the 1,679-foot building. The climb took him nearly twice as long as he had expected, partly because of dreary weather. Although he's climbed many of the world's tallest structures without the use of a rope, he ascended with one Saturday, probably because of the weather.
BUSINESS
November 19, 1985 | PAUL RICHTER, Times Staff Writer
Real estate developer Donald Trump said Monday that he plans to build a giant development on Manhattan's West Side that would include the world's tallest building and a 3.6-million-square-foot complex of television and movie studios. Television City, as Trump calls the project, would cover a 13-block area bordering the Hudson River between 59th and 72nd streets, he said during a morning press conference.
OPINION
January 5, 2010
The Burj Dubai, or as it was renamed during its opening Monday, the Burj Khalifa, has been likened to the Tower of Babel, or in the words of Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, "a tombstone for some ruined ideas." That's because the structure that has shattered the record for world's tallest building had the misfortune to be completed in the midst of a global recession, after Dubai's real estate market had all but collapsed. The tower may well be, as the headline on Hawthorne's critique called it, a "temple to hubris."
WORLD
December 15, 2009 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Meris Lutz
Abu Dhabi rescued debt-ridden Dubai on Monday with a $10-billion bailout package that lifted world financial markets but left unclear how the glittering emirate by the sea would recover from investors' jitters and a troubled real estate market. The plan provides $4.1 billion to repay a bond that matured Monday for developer Nakheel, which is controlled by state-owned Dubai World. The intervention by oil-rich Abu Dhabi, the most influential state in the United Arab Emirates, was an attempt to save its fellow emirate and to prevent a prolonged financial crisis from rippling across the region.
WORLD
November 30, 2009 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Meris Lutz
Dubai is a clever blend of audacity and architecture, a shiny monument to the egos and ambition that turned a tiny emirate into a Middle East financial giant. Russian oligarchs stroll along man-made islands shaped like palm trees, and sheiks race down a ski slope built inside a shopping mall. Lacking the oil reserves of the emirate's neighbors, Dubai's ruling family created a parallel economic reality fueled by real estate, international investment and the art of the possible. The emirate was fashioned into a sleek cityscape of startling images: Islam balanced against the seduction of Western capitalism, and tribal traditions brushing the fleeting trends of globalization.
WORLD
December 26, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A French urban climber who calls himself Spiderman scaled the world's tallest building, Taiwan's Taipei 101. Alain Robert, 42, took almost four hours to reach the top of the 1,679-foot building. The climb took him nearly twice as long as he had expected, partly because of dreary weather. Although he's climbed many of the world's tallest structures without the use of a rope, he ascended with one Saturday, probably because of the weather.
NEWS
December 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Donald Trump scrapped his plan to build the world's tallest building after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, opting instead for a 78-story skyscraper on Chicago's riverfront. The 1,073-foot glass-covered building, called Trump Tower Chicago, would be the city's fourth-tallest skyscraper. The New York real estate tycoon said in July he was considering building the world's tallest building on the site now occupied by the Chicago Sun-Times building.
NEWS
November 11, 1996 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it Asia's Edifice Complex. Fueled by fast-growing economies, leaders with high hopes and billionaires with big egos, the continent is displacing the United States as the home of the world's tallest towers. Once the base for the 10 highest buildings in the world, the United States can now claim only three: the Sears Tower, the World Trade Center and the Empire State Building.
NEWS
December 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Donald Trump scrapped his plan to build the world's tallest building after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, opting instead for a 78-story skyscraper on Chicago's riverfront. The 1,073-foot glass-covered building, called Trump Tower Chicago, would be the city's fourth-tallest skyscraper. The New York real estate tycoon said in July he was considering building the world's tallest building on the site now occupied by the Chicago Sun-Times building.
TRAVEL
January 10, 2010
Calling all Google Maps mash-up geeks. Even if that doesn't sound like you, have a look at Googlemapsmania.blogspot.com, a great distraction site that's loaded with more reasons to love a map than you thought possible. What's hot: Google Maps Mania is a fun blog to read even if you're not going anywhere. It is home to all the Google Maps mash-ups, tools, tips and apps created by techies all over the world -- as diverse as "real-time trains in Dublin [Ireland]," and a three-dimensional view of Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, on Google Earth.
BUSINESS
February 6, 1990 | From Reuters
Newly rich Taiwan wants it all, the world's tallest building, its own Las Vegas and a Statue of Liberty with a laser-beam torch and a planetarium in its head. After decades of penny-pinching, Taiwan's cash-flush planners are joyfully freeing some of their wilder dreams in the name of progress. "It's no problem for us to make these kind of ideas come true," said Jeff Chia, an official in the Taipei mass-transit development office. "The money is not a problem, anyway."
NEWS
January 16, 1990 | ROBERT A. JONES
Dear Mr. Trump: We love it that you love L.A. As soon as we picked up our Sunday paper and saw--right there on Page 1!--your plans to tear down the ratty Ambassador Hotel and build the World's Tallest Building in its place, our smog-choked chests heaved with pride. Trumpomania, here at last! Do you wanna know how bad it was before you got here? Here's how bad: Just last summer we topped off the Library Tower building downtown and thought it was a big deal.
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