Dec 12 2008
At this technology-obsessed weblog, ebullience is a technical term associated with a short-lived but almost irresistible attraction to Macro-Engineering Projects (MEPs) and/or great explorations. Exclusively triggered by major twice-per-century economic booms, ebullience — in its widespread, societal form — is the hallmark of spectacular Maslow Windows punctuating the last 200 years, such as the 1960s Apollo Window.
The Shanghai Tower project is evidence of ‘early ebullience’ Click .
However, high-end clinentele, dynamic societies, and/or groups especially excited about a particular MEP, sometimes exhibit “early ebullience” significantly before a Maslow Window, thus signaling its approach. Such is the case now with the Shanghai Tower (Associated Press, 11/28/08), a 2,073 foot high, $ 2.2 B tower planned for completion in 2014 — just in time to celebrate the 2015 Maslow Window!
How ebullient is the growing Shanghai Tower? Try this quote: “I don’t think it’s just pure ego,” according to Jun Xia, the brilliant Shanghai-born architect who designed its spectacular 120-degree spiral shape.
And it’s no accident that the Shanghai Tower is the city’s tallest structure. Bidding on the Tower was deliberately delayed until 2006 when the height of the Japanese-built Shanghai World Financial Center became set!
The ebullient Shanghai Tower is not just about a beautiful, elegant design, it’s also functional. Rainwater collected on the distinctive funnel-shaped roof supplements the plumbing system, and wind turbines power its external lighting. And an innovative “double skin” design promotes thermal stability.
In fact, even the Shanghai Tower’s ebullience is purposeful, according to Gu Jianping of the Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co., “Launching construction at this time will help boost Shanghai’s confidence in fighting the financial crisis.”
In today’s global recession, China and the Middle East are among the few places in the world where Shanghai Tower-style projects can flourish. According to AP, the world’s tallest structure — Burj Dubai — recently surpassed 2300 feet and is expected to exceed one kilometer (3,281 feet) when completed.
How long will this economic situation continue? According to Arthur Gensler, chair and founder of Gensler Architecture that created the Shanghai Tower, “China is a wonderful market. It will be one of the world’s great opportunities for the next 3 to 5 years.” Shortly after that the rest of the world will rejoin the party as the 2015 Maslow Window swings open.