High Winds Blow Construction Materials from Frank Gehry's
New Skyscraper
Surrounding Neighborhood
Shuts Down

On Monday, January 25, 2010, a wild and windy winter storm barreled through New York City.  High winds began early that morning just as rush hour was starting.  As tools, construction materials and debris rained down on the streets and cars surrounding the construction site, New York City's police moved in to shut down all vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the area.  While the storm raged on, yellow police tape cordoned off street after street until well past midnight.  City building inspectors issued warnings to other constructions sites to ensure safety measures were being followed.

Gehry's 76-story mixed use building has been under construction for the past two-plus years. It will house an elementary school, additional space for nearby Pace University, retail and office space as well as luxury condominiums.


Gehry Building Photos by Gail Cornell

Hamburg's New Concert Hall by Herzog & deMeuron under Fire for Budget Overruns.  Not to Open until 2012.

According to a New York Times article on January 1, 2010, the stunning new concert hall in Hamburg by Swiss architectural team of Herzog & deMeuron, is behind schedule and over budget. The old warehouse that forms the base of the building has been gutted and shored up to hold the crystalline glass upper floors.

This superstructure is under construction now, but the project as a whole is lagging behind its original schedule for completion. 

To read the article, go to

World's Tallest Skyscraper by Architectural Firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Opens January 4, 2010 in Dubai.

Yes, over a half-mile high and twice the height of the Empire State building, the Dubai Tower is the tallest building in the world and has been officially inaugurated.  While it may become a symbol of hope for Dubai's disastrous financial crisis, it could just as easily become a symbol of the extreme excesses of aggressive developers.

For more information, images and video of its opening celebration, go to the official website for the tower: