Ford Will Put A Mustang Atop Empire State Building

How Ford Put a 1966 Mustang Atop the World’s Tallest Building

Two icons of modern America will come together again when the latest generation of Ford’s famous Pony car goes on display on the building’s 86th floor observatory in April.

The display, which will replicate a similar feat when Ford unveiled the 1965 prototype convertible model in the same location, will coincide with the car’s 50th anniversary. On April 16, 1964, the original Ford Mustang set pulses racing for the first time when it was revealed at the new York World’s fair and kickstarted a motoring revolution.

“New York is one of the greatest cities in the world, and it’s the place where the Ford Mustang story began 50 years ago,” said Mark Fields, Ford chief operating officer. “We’re thrilled to be visiting the architectural landmark that has been the heart of the Manhattan skyline for 83 years with the newest generation of the car that is the soul of Ford Motor Company.”

Thanks to the Empire State Building’s phenomenal height of 1,454 feet (443 meters) there isn’t a portable crane in the world capable of lifting a car onto the 86th floor. Likewise, because of the building’s spire, a delivery by helicopter is similarly impossible, meaning that the only way to get a car to the top of the building is to use the elevators.

And because the average car, never mind a Mustang, is much bigger than the average elevator, some careful cutting will be required.

“Like all good craftsmen, our team is measuring twice and cutting once to make sure we can get this Mustang up in the elevators,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “Like the team that did this in 1965, the current crew visited the Empire State Building before starting and took careful measurements of its new elevators and doors before cutting up the car.”

And even though Ford has managed this once before, the 1965 car was seven inches (18cm) shorter and four inches (10cm) narrower than the new model. And even if everything goes to plan, Ford’s technicians will only have six hours to put the car back together again before it goes on public display.

Visitors to the Empire State Building observation deck can see the new Mustang convertible for 54 hours from 8 AM to 2 AM, April 16-17.

Construction Date Set For The World’s Tallest Tower

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Construction work on the world’s first 1km-high building, the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia, is set to begin on April 27.

The $1.2 billion project has been plagued by setbacks since it was first proposed in 2011, but above-ground work on the Jeddah super skyscraper will commence next month, Building reports.

Stretching at least 1,000m, the slender structure will be more than three times bigger than Europe’s tallest building, The Shard, and will overtake the 828m Burj Khalifa in Dubai to become the tallest building in the world.

The skyscraper will be a mixed-use building featuring a luxury hotel, office space, luxury apartments and the world’s highest observatory. The complex will contain 59 elevators, including five double-deck elevators.

Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the tower is slated to reach completion over a timescale of 63 months. Foundation work began in December 2013.

The original design was for the building to reach 1.6 km — just under one mile. However, the plans have since been revised and though the client, Jeddah Economic Company, has yet to confirm the exact measurement, it is likely to be closer to 1 km, according to Building.

First-ever United States Mint Curved Coins Went On Sale

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The first curved coins from the United States Mint went on sale on March 27. The limited edition coins include a $5 gold coin, a $1 silver coin and a half-dollar clad coin.

The concave design, the creation of artist Cassie McFarland, features a baseball glove on one side and a ball on the other.

It was designed in recognition of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

US commemorative coins celebrate and honor American people, places, events, and institutions and help to raise money for important and charitable causes. They are legal tender, but are not minted for general circulation and each design is only available for a limited time.

Mtanzania Afariki Marekani Ndugu Wa Marehemu Watakiwa Kujitokeza

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Habari kutoka Madison Wisconsin nchini Marekani zinasema kuwa mtanzania, Michael Agustine Lukindo (pichani), amefariki Dunia na hakuna taarifa zozote kuhusiana na ndugu zake. Lukindo ambaye ni mwenyeji wa Mkoa wa Tanga ameacha mke na watoto wanne.

Kwa mujibu wa rafiki wa marehemu, Oliver Temba juhudi za kuwapata ndugu zake hazikufanikiwa. Marehemu Michael Lukindo amefariki dunia mjini Madison Wisconsin-USA, kutokana na hali hiyo familia ya marehemu imewaomba ndugu wea marehemu kujitokeza au kama kuna mtu yeyote mwenye taarifa za kupatina kwa ndugu zake ajitokekeze.

Kwa mujibu wa Oliver, mazishi ya marehemu Michael Lukindo yatafanyika siku ya Jumamosi na mwili wake utachomwa moto, marehemu Michael Lukindo amekuwa akiishi Marekani kwa zaidi ya miaka 30 na ameacha mke ‘African amerika’, na watoto wanne.>

Is A Vertical Railway The Alternative To HS2?

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Imagine a futuristic train system that soars into the sky rather than tearing across the UK countryside.

Trains would be held in place on magnetic tracks

Our cities are more overcrowded than ever before. And with a burgeoning world population, they’re only going to get busier. The UN predicts the current world population of 7.2 billion will grow by another billion in the next 12 years. By 2050, it will have reached 9.6 billion, with a large proportion of that gravitating to cities, as that’s where the jobs are. This will put enormous strain on our cities’ transport infrastructure, as well as resources like space.

Luckily, one concept has come up with a way to save space while revolutionising how we travel by train. It should make for some pretty spectacular views, too…

At 360m tall, the vertical high-speed train hubs are slightly shorter than the Empire State Building and twice as tall as The Gherkin

At 360m tall the vertical high-speed train hubs are slightly shorter than the Empire State Building

Vertical trains

Station redevelopment is a hot topic right now, thanks to the government’s proposed plans for a new high-speed rail network called HS2. In a report for the government, HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins recently called for “a more comprehensive development” of Euston station in central London. If he wants some ideas of how to go about making the most of the station’s footprint, he might find this design for vertical trains quite interesting.

The idea is that instead of building train stations the normal way, we should construct huge towers that hold the trains around their sides, like bullets in the barrel of a revolver. These trains would then shoot down into a labyrinth of underground tunnels that connect with the wider high-speed rail network.

These trains would be capable of travelling at speeds of 600 miles per hour – that’s more than twice as fast as those proposed on HS2.

A view of the Gherkin in London (© Getty Images)

The vertical train system would dwarf landmarks such as the Gherkin in London

Very high stakes

Because the trains would be stored vertically instead of horizontally, they could be longer than at present, because the only limit is how high you’re willing to build. The concept is the brainchild of UK designers Christopher Christophi and Lucas Mazarrasa and it shows a vertical high-speed hub that stands 360m tall. To get an idea of scale, that’s only slightly shorter than the 381m-tall Empire State Building. But it dwarfs the 180m-tall 30 St Mary Axe (or The Gherkin, as it’s more commonly known). Longer trains would mean more passengers, which would mean a more efficient transport network with less pollution.

There’s another upside to this vertical building idea, too. The designers propose building parkland in the space at the bottom of the tower that was previously occupied by the train station. So not only would there be more space to be enjoyed in the city, it would also increase the amount of green space, which will be more and more valuable as the world’s population grows and cities continue to swell.

The space saved at the base of the towers would be dedicated to parkland, making our cities greener

The space saved at the base of the towers would be dedicated to parkland, making our cities greener

Sheer magnetism

So how would it actually work? The trains would be held in place by magnetic structural tracks that run up the sides of the tower. When the trains reach the bottom of the tower, they would enter the underground tunnels which slowly level out to become horizontal rather than vertical.

From there, the trains would go on their way, connecting the whole country as part of a high-speed rail network that runs both overground and underground.

Seats on the train would turn like those on a Ferris wheel so passengers would always face out into the city

Seats on the train would turn like those on a Ferris wheel so passengers would always face out into the city

All aboard

The seat design of the trains is very clever as well. Instead of strapping yourself into a seat that’s facing down towards the ground, the seats will stay in a position that lets you look out over the city for the duration of your journey. (The part of it that’s overground, anyway.) They work in a similar way to those on a Ferris wheel.

The designers note in their project designs: “As the train travels and transitions from its horizontal formation and ascends up the façade vertically, the carriages will pivot similar to that on a Ferris wheel, allowing the passengers within the carriage to remain in an upright position and facing towards the cityscape.

“The carriages will be supported by a magnetic structure located at either side, eliminating the need for rails beneath and allowing for the carriages and its passengers to connect to the tower.”

The carriages themselves will be closer to the inside of a plane than a train. Each will take 10 people, in two rows of seats that face each other, so everyone gets a good view of the city through the panoramic windows. Overhead luggage racks will provide plenty of storage space, and retractable tables and footrests make it an altogether more comfortable travelling experience.

Trains would enter underground tunnels which would feed into the country’s existing high-speed rail network, both overground and underground

Trains would enter underground tunnels which would feed into the country’s existing high-speed rail network, both overground and underground

The towers

The towers are nothing short of marvels of innovation. Along with the parkland at the base, they will each have a rooftop plaza that will be a vast recreational and performance space for the public. They will offer awesome views of the city while you wait for your train. Well, it certainly beats a cramped and crowded waiting room.

If you don’t want to go all the way up to the top – maybe it’s raining and you don’t want to get wet, say – the atrium will contain a variety of shops, stalls, and cafes for passengers to enjoy before their journey starts.

The towers would be the first of their kind that are designed solely for public use, instead of existing for the purposes of a company or group of companies.

Hitachi is already moving its rail headquarters to London (© Hitachi)

Hitachi is already moving its rail headquarters to London in anticipation of extra business

Next stop: the future

Vertical trains would provide fantastic views across our cities for everyone who travels by train, rather than just those who live or work in high-rise structures. They would open up our cities to include more green space, and make station areas feel less cluttered. Because of their high-rise nature, they would also lessen the impact on surrounding homes and businesses during their building phase.

The technology is too far off for Euston’s redevelopment to take advantage. But by the time the government gets round to the next high speed rail network, let’s hope these vertical train hubs are a common sight in our cities.

Turbo-charged Gatwick Airport Would Bring Olympic-style Boost To South London

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Expansion at Gatwick would create an economic boost to rival the Olympic-inspired regeneration of London’s East End, the airport said today.

A second runway which could be in operation by 2025 would lead to new jobs and homes in the “Gatwick triangle” stretching from the airport to the south coast towns of Southampton and Dover.

The bold vision was outlined by renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell as he set out the most detailed plans yet for the proposed £7 billion transformation of Gatwick from budget airline specialist to premier league global airport.

The Sussex airport is battling arch rival Heathrow for the right to build a new runway to solve the South East’s chronic shortage of aviation space with a recommendation to be made to ministers after the General Election.

Sir Terry told the Standard: “A second runway will do for south London what the Olympics and Stratford did for East London. There will be better rail connectivity, a boost to employment and more homes. A second runway also brings with it investment in hotels, cargo holding and warehousing.

New terminal: the two-runway Gatwick, would include an upgraded station/transport interchange and inter-terminal transport link “It will turbo charge that corridor all the way down to the south coast and do a lot for the natural growth of London in a balanced way.“

Dismissing Heathrow’s plans for a three-runway hub, Sir Terry added: “You have to think about a whole panning strategy for the South East. We’ve in the past talked about a constellation (of runways) but it’s really integrated connectivity of rail, roads and airports.

“A metropolis is different to smaller towns and cities like Frankfurt, Amsterdam or Dubai. Places like New York, Tokyo don’t build single airports – they build networks because they are regionally based. They’ve got to supply a complete system and to spread around. “

He said Gatwick would be balanced with the offer from Heathrow, Stansted and Birmingham which will be within 30 minutes from Old Oak Common when HS2 opens.

“It’s a question of how to make London work as the hub” he said.

The public’s experience of Gatwick would be “transformed” as passengers arrive and depart using a single transport gateway, linking rail, coach and taxis and modelled on Seoul’s Incheon aiport, also designed by Sir Terry.

A new third terminal would be dedicated to the second runway and all three terminals would be linked by a rail shuttle.

Gatwick says the airport would be much more compact than Heathrow and has guaranteed it would take passengers no more than 45 minutes from arrival at the hub to reach their plane.

Transport hub: it is hoped the plans would result in natural growth for London and the south east Sir Terry, whose CV also includes the MI6 building and Charing Cross station, said: “It will be a completely different kind of airport which will be as good as the best in the world, it’s a transformation of the airport with a new hub for road and rail with a shuttle which will link the terminals in a way you can’t do as efficiently at Heathrow. It’s going to be very compact and on the passenger side a totally new airport.”

Unveiling its “Gatwick for growth” campaign at the Shard today, chief executive Stewart Wingate said a second runway at Gatwick would create an extra 170 million passenger journeys by 2050.

He said short-haul direct flights would continue to account for two thirds of the market and Gatwick was best positioned to supply this. Mr Wingate insisted that the UK did not need Heathrow’s hub – which offers a wider range of transfer destinations –  because these could increasingly be reached flying longer-range planes.

A second runway at Gatwick would create 27 more destinations than expanding Heathrow. By 2030, Airport charges – passed onto passengers in airfares – would rise to £12 to £15 at Gatwick and £35 at Heathrow, although analysts say a third runway at Heathrow could make it cheaper and more attractive to budget airlines.

Heathrow insists only a hub can serve the UK’s long-term economic interests by connecting to emerging markets. Heathrow also remains the preferred destination of the major airlines alliances.

Meet The First Android Wear Devices: The LG G Smart Watch And Motorola Moto 360

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The LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 have been announced as the first Android Wear devices.

Following the launch of Android Wear just yesterday, we now have information on the first devices to sport this new software platform. Meet the LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360.

Both companies are said to be working closely with Google in developing these new wearables and demos of both products can be seen in Google’s official announcement video. The LG G Watch adopts a conventional smart watch design, similar to the likes of Sony’s SmartWatch 2.

Specs on both of these devices haven’t yet emerged, but by the looks of it, the G Watch rocks a 1.6-inch display with a touch sensitive layer on top and a silicone wrist strap. The Moto 360 meanwhile is a different beast. Although we’ve seen various design agencies pushing out concept work, the Moto 360 looks to be the first smart watch that adopts more of a conventional watch design, rather than a wrist computer reminiscent of the 80’s.

Motorola has pushed out a video showing some of the work, which went into creating the Moto 360, including the decision to adopt a circular display as opposed to a squared one. It also sports a leather wrist strap and a polish metal bezel. In short, it’s our choice out of the two, provided functionality is the same.

Android Wear devices like these aim to extent the Google Now-like experience had on many smartphones and by Google Glass. They offer glanceable information, based on context and pulling data from your Google services, suggesting that these watches need to be paired to a smartphone to function fully.

Which smart watch would you prefer? We’ll be speaking with Jim Wicks, the lead designer on the Moto 360 later today, so check back for more information on this new breed of smart watch.