Megastructure

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Megastructure

A type of structure, popular during 1964 to 1976, in which individual buildings become merely components or lose their individuality altogether. Vast new structures were proposed to replace existing cities. Their overall purpose is to provide a total environment for work and leisure.
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The concept of such structures was popularized by Freeman Dyson, a physicist, in 1960, who argued that advanced civilizations with the ability to build such megastructures around stars would need them to fill their energy needs and, consequently, long-term survival.
Thus, the control effectiveness of the isolated model whose substructures are all isolated with the megastructures is better than that of the LSC model, in which the lower substructures are fixedly connected with the megastructure while the others are connected with the megastructures with isolators.
The socioeconomic discrepancies are obvious: megastructures, high-rise residential buildings, and franchised convenience stores alongside vast slums and off-hour street markets.
Mansfield, a writer specializing in architecture and design, traces architects' and others' visions of the ideal city of the future from the Industrial Revolution to the 1960s, such as the City Beautiful Movement, Ebenezer Howard, Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, the Italian futurists, Tony Garnier's Cite Industrielle, Antonio Sant'Elia's Citta Nuova, Hugh Ferriss, Raymond Hood, science fiction and World's Fair utopias, megastructures, and the ideas of the Moderns, shown through b&w sketches and plans.
The team at Arrow Media was behind the making of Airbus' A380 documentary series, the Megastructures series and in Dubai produced documentaries on World Islands, Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Khalifa.
groups: Archigram with their megastructures, "clip-on" pod
But if you're a fan of Grand Designs, don't miss this Megastructures special.
But other influences--from the West--can be detected, in particular the late work of Frank Lloyd Wright and, from Britain, Brutalism and the unbuilt megastructures of Archigram.
Designed by Dublin-based Grafton Architects, the stone-clad building is a sophisticated re-examination of certain 1960s urban megastructures, sliding effortlessly into the heavyweight context of central Milan.
And close to 90 percent of it is historic preservation--great old structures rehabilitated for offices, condos and more--not just a bunch of new megastructures.
Gordon follows a logical chronology from early prototype airports in the 1920s, in which Europe's Le Bourget (Paris), Schiphol (Amsterdam) and Croydon (London) took the lead, through to the futuristic megastructures of Kansai (Osaka) and Chek Lap Kok (Hong Kong).