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More like Petroleum Architecture. None of this tall stuff in Dubai that is getting built has any architectural justification other than: we have a huge pile of oil money and don't know what we can possibly do with it. Come on - huge glass skyscrapers in the desert? 200 years hence, once the black stuff is drained and the people have left, it will all be a magnificent ruin, a fitting monument to the oil age.
I remember dining at the Windows of the World back when WTC was first built. I was putting my forehead to the glass and looking down on the Statue of Liberty and I realized the building was swaying. I ate less and drank more after that. I'm prone to motion sickness so a moving building is an anathema to me.
To see people that are two thousand years behind us put so much effort into such phalic endeavores, it remind's me of Molly Brown at the captains table on the Titanic. This was once the center of the universe.
Boy, what a bunch of pansy-waisted naysayers! LOL. This kind of "green" architecture is sorely needed in the world. The wind turbines on the building will not only produce all the energy needed to run the building (from the rotating mechanism to the bathroom light), but will actually produce extra - "green" - power that can be used by others.
As for its "moving" structure," the worst that could happen is the mechanism stops working and you end up facing in a single particular direction until it is fixed.
As for skyscrapers in the desert, that is simply a hopelessly (if veiled) racist comment: why should skyscrapers be limited to metropolises in "Western" countries? China is actually building more skyscrapers than Dubai. (In fact, China and Dubai currently use over 90% of the world's cranes.) And Dubai is a fast-growing country, with the fastest-growing economy in the world, and one of the more tolerant political-economic-social-cultural countries in the Arab world.