Astronomy and the planets and solar systems within it, are a source of wonderment and awe for many people. Planetariums, which are educational facilities for the hands-on and interactive learning about astronomy, can be found across the world. China is currently building a pretty spectacular planetarium in Shanghai, the country’s biggest city.
When completed in 2020, the Shanghai Planetarium will cover 420,000 gross square feet and will feature a 68 foot diameter digital sky theater, a 60 foot diameter optical planetarium, an IMAX theater, and more. According to Shanghai Daily, the impressive looking structure will cost around $81 million.
Almost every planetarium in the world incorporates a large sphere into the design and construction, and this one is no different, although it does also feature an inverted dome, as well. The design elements were inspired by “astronomical principles” and “invokes the experience of orbital motion” according to the website of the designer, Ennead.
The drone footage below gives a glimpse into the construction process of the planetarium. There is a steel ring truss that supports the 115 foot cantilever and steel sphere where the planetarium theater will be, according to Designboom. I have to admit, it’s always a bit jarring to me to still see bamboo scaffolding.
Check out the video below of the planetarium’s construction progress so far:
As you may already know, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks officially opened their new home, the Fiserv Forum, for the 2018-2019 NBA season last October. That new stadium is being heralded as the “World’s First Bird Friendly Arena,” due to many of the design features. Well, since the new one is open, we can only expect that the old, non-bird friendly (I’m assuming) arena has overstayed its welcome and has to go.
Two and a half years ago, I came across one of the most interesting construction projects I’ve ever seen, called The Guedelon Castle. In a world with cordless power tools, smartphones, and tables strewn across the jobsite, the Guedlon Castle is being constructed solely from 13th Century building techniques in Burgundy, France.
Let’s get 2019 started with the first building demolition by implosion of the year.
The Smithsonian channel is airing a series of shows titled America in Color, in which they enhance lost or forgotten video footage of the 1900s, beginning with the 1920s. Part of the first episode in the series shows the men that worked on skyscrapers in New York City and it’s been edited to show color, as opposed to black and white, for the first time.
Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days and when something goes down on the jobsite, you can bet it’s going to be captured on video one way or another. That can either be a great thing for marketing or an awful way to showcase your business.
Look, you could mobilize on site the boring old way by loading your heavy equipment on the bed of a trailer and driving it to site, or you could take a note from the Bravo Company of the 37th Engineer Battalion of the United States and spice things up a bit.
A couple of years ago, we shared a video of Fastbrick Robotic’s Hadrian 105, a brick-laying robot built for proof of concept. In a true testament of how long the development of computer-model based commercial robotics takes to develop, the company’s commercial robot model, the Hadrian X, has finally reached a goal that has been sought after since 2015: Building a 3-bedroom, 2-bath home in 3 days.