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Buildings of the City

By Jonathon Reynolds 24 July 2007 19

Whilst looking up details of the World’s tallest building the “Burj Dubai” in the inevitable clicking on related links (a serious pitfall of using the internet for research) I came across the following page Emporis Buildings (Buildings of Canberra).

The site appears to catalogue the hi-rise and other buildings (in various states of construction) in our fair city and other cities globally. Amazing what you can find when you are not really looking for it these days.

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shauno 3:47 am 26 Jul 07

“Never mind back in the Philippines they wouldn’t have jobs at all.”

Yeah they work for us. We pay the huge wage of $400 US to $1000 US a month for them to work offshore. But they work 6 months straight and then get 8 weeks off and no pay.

We have been known to hire the odd Bangladeshi in Singapore for $6 Sing a day when we need some labourers in port. They need 100% supervision at all times or they wander off and go to sleep or start pilfering your gear.

Thumper 8:01 am 25 Jul 07

Dubai they use bamboo and bits of wood and rope to tie it all together.

If they are really lucky they get one plank of wood to stand on while working.

Meconium 1:04 am 25 Jul 07

They still use that bamboo scaffolding these days Kramer, I saw heaps of it in 2005.

Awesome site btw. But how tall is the American-Australian War Memorial monument? I don’t know its proper name, and I know it’s not a habitable building, but it’s still pretty tall. And the Parliament House flagpole? Maybe I didn’t click through the site for long enough to find those two.

And as for the height restrictions in Canberra – I think it’s a good idea, but it would be cool if we had a Q1/Burj Dubai-stylee building that soared to hundreds of metres, dwarfing everything below it, built right in the middle of Civic. It would solve all our accommodation problems, it would look awesome, be a symbol of the city, and make everything else look tiny. Has this type of thing been done in any city of the world?

Kramer 10:13 pm 24 Jul 07

You should see the scaffolding they use. Scary…

I was in India 20 years ago, and I have yet to see dodgier and scarier scaffolding anywhere. Timber and ropes would be an overstatement – it was like string, sticks and branches lashed together up several storys.

jr 1:55 pm 24 Jul 07

We have it good here with WorkChoices…

Thumper 1:10 pm 24 Jul 07

You should see the scaffolding they use. Scary…

Mr_Shab 1:07 pm 24 Jul 07

…and I’m certain there was a full and frank disclosure of working conditions, pay and entitlements given to the workers so they could make an informed decision about their employment too, Ralph.

Ralph 12:51 pm 24 Jul 07

Something tells me they wouldn’t travel thousands of kilometres for work if they weren’t motivated for it.

caf 12:11 pm 24 Jul 07

If it’s so great they wouldn’t need to force them to stay, would they?

Ralph 12:09 pm 24 Jul 07

What, the bit in the book where the import labourers from the Philippines, pay them $4 a day and take away their passports so they can’t leave until it’s finished?

Never mind back in the Philippines they wouldn’t have jobs at all.

Thumper 11:16 am 24 Jul 07

Dubai Creek, by the way, is not actually a creek…

http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/3660/osmay2007007rg7.jpg

Thumper 10:58 am 24 Jul 07

yeah, the whole place outside the old city is just one enormous building site.

And it has the best lawns I have seen in my life, constant watering while it was 45 Celcius.

The old city by the creek is fun with its markets and traders and haggling etc, but outside that it’s just weird.

Lots of cricket gets played there though. Every park or carpark had kids playing cricket.

Absent Diane 10:52 am 24 Jul 07

Doesnt suprise me -so much money there.. but its just the engineering and desire to attract tourists impresses me.

Eyes 10:22 am 24 Jul 07

I’ve just wasted hours of time at that interesting site. Thanks.

Thumper 10:05 am 24 Jul 07

Nah AD,

Dubai is a bizarre place. A good place to visit for a while but you really don’t want to go there again.

It’s capitalism gone seriously wrong.

caf 10:02 am 24 Jul 07

What, the bit in the book where the import labourers from the Philippines, pay them $4 a day and take away their passports so they can’t leave until it’s finished?

Absent Diane 10:00 am 24 Jul 07

they are doing some awesome stuff in dubai – the world project is fantastic. We could take a leaf out of these guys book.

TAD 9:34 am 24 Jul 07

What I noticed was “Belconnen Centre”, a proposed 20 store apartment building next to the Belconnen Labor Club (built into the hill between Chandler Street and Emu Bank).

http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=504967

Thumper 7:50 am 24 Jul 07

Amazingly, the burj dubai was only about half complete when I was there in late march.

It’s just incredible that they built it so fast.

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