Thursday, 15 November 2012

Great Thoughts

The World Architecture Festival Awards 2012

Cool conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, has won the World Building of the Year Award at the prestigious World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2012. The project was designed by Wilkinson Eyre, Grant Associates, Atelier One and Atelier Ten.

World Building of the year 2012: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Future Projects Experimental: Man-Built Islands Dongqian Lake Concept Design, Ningbo, China - HASSELL

Future Project of the Year: Msheireb Heart of Doha, Qatar - designed by AECO

Transport: Bodrum International Airport, Turkey - Tabanlioglu Architects

Health: The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia - Billard Leece Partnership and Bates Smart

Shopping Centres: T-Site, Tokyo, Japan - Klein Dytham Architects

Culture: Liyuan Library, Beijing, China - designed by Li Xiadong Atelier

House: Stacking Green, Vietnam - designed by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Production, Energy and Recycling: Sony Corporation in Tokyo, Japan - designed by Nikken Sekkei

Future Projects Commercial - Mixed-Use: JST Product Complex in Tsuyama, Japan - Osamu Morishita Architecct & Associates.

Kuwait's Golden Jubilee Fireworks Show

Kuwait marked the golden jubilee of its constitution with an incredible $15 million fireworks display which earned a Guinness World Record. Over 77,000 fireworks were used which lit up sky of Kuwait with a spectacular fireworks show. Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis and expatriates filled the seaside Arabian Gulf Road where the one-hour fireworks and laser display was staged to mark the 50th anniversary of the constitution.

Over 25 different companies and organizations had been involved in the planning of the events, and over 1,000 young Kuwaitis had volunteered for the day, to serve refreshments, provide information, brochures, etc.

Kuwait’s Constitution was issued on November 11, 1962 by a decree from the then-Amir Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, the 11th ruler of Kuwait.

Some Distinct Cathedrals Worldwide

01.Cadet Chapel U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado.

02. Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, Colombia. 
Previously, there was a mine, in which the Indians extracted salt.

03. Cathedral of Our Lady in tears, the city of Syracuse, Italy.

04. Church of St. Joseph, Chicago
The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, built the Church of St. Joseph's in Chicago.

05. Church of St. George is in the Ethiopian town of Lalibela. 
Built in the 13th century and goes into the ground at 25 meters.

06. The church comfort, Cordoba (Spain).

07. Cathedral - Basilica of Glorious small Bogomateri.
Eto the highest in Latin America, the Catholic Cathedral: its height is 114 m + 10 m cross on top.

08. Grundtvig Church in Copenhagen, Denmark. 
Construction of the church lasted from 1921 to 1926.

09. Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Brazil.

10. Stavkirka in Borgunne, Norway. 
Metal parts in the construction were not used.

11. Paraportiani Church, Mykonos Island, Greece. 
The temple was built in 15-17 centuries.

12. Church of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. 
Because of the complexity of manufacturing of masonry structures, the cathedral will be able to finish no earlier than 2026.

13. Milan Cathedral, Italy. 
It was built over five centuries.

14. St. Basil's Cathedral on Red Square 
It is located in the Moskve.yl built in 1555-1561 by order of Ivan the Terrible.

15. Jubilee Church, Rome. 
It was built in 1996-2003.

16. Notre-Dame-du-O in the French city Ronshan. 
Tourists coming to see the church become a major source of income ronshantsev.

17. Las Lajas Cathedral, Colombia. 
Construction of the temple on the 30-meter arch bridge was completed in 1948.

18. Hatlgrimskirkya in Reykjavik, Iceland. 
The construction of this church took 38 years.

19. St. Michael's Monastery, Kiev. 
It is believed that St. Michael's Cathedral was the first temple with a gilt top, from which went to Russia, this kind of tradition.

20. Chapel of the crown of thorns, Arkansas, USA. 
The building has 425 windows.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Darjeeling: The Queen of the Hills

The mention of Darjeeling often conjures images of imposing snow-peak mountains, lofty hills carpeted with tea gardens and of course the famous Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Located in the Indian state of West-Bengal, it is flanked by Bhutan on the East and Nepal on the West and stands on a narrow ridge enclosed by mountains. 

Darjeeling's temperate climate is one of the other reasons which attracts tourists. Summer months of April through June are the best time to visit, when the climate is balmy and pleasant with a maximum temperature of 25°C. You can get to Darjeeling by Air, Road, or Train. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport and the nearest Train station is the New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP). Most people fly into Bagdogra from Delhi or Kolkata.

Darjeeling, nestled among rolling mountains, is a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Popular places to visit include Tiger Hill, Batasia Loop and the War Memorial, and the Himalayan Zoological Park and Snow Leopard Breeding Center.

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