Jumeirah Gardens For Dubai - Three Projects, One City Within A City

Jumeirah Gardens

Those guys in Dubai are just crazy, it seems like they are thinking only at futuristic architecture as the city is planning on building a new masterplan called Jumeirah Gardens which will consist of three projects, 1 Dubai, 1 Park Avenue, and Park Gate.

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The megaproject has been commissioned for Chicago-based architects, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, who have $15 billion and 12 years at disposal to complete the Jumeirah Gardens. The three super structures will be built by Dubai-based company, Meraas Development, which described the project as “an integrated city within a city.”

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“We’re incredibly excited to be collaborating with Meraas Development on these fantastic projects. Any one of these projects is a dream commission for an architect. We’re deeply gratified by the confidence that Meraas has placed in us, and look forward to playing a role in realizing its vision of Dubai as one of the most important and architecturally spectacular cities of the 21st century,” said Adrian Smith.

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1 Dubai will be one of the biggest towers in the world as it will measure about 2,000-ft and it will be composed out of three tower that will be connected through skybridges. The 1 Dubai tower will have a total area of 13 million square-feet, enough space for a sky city with two luxury hotels, and office and retail spaces.

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The second structure will be 1 Park avenue which will be a 116-story tower and it was inspired by the relationship between Dubai’s trading heritage and the water. We don’t really know what this means, however, the structure will have a total area of 4 million square-feet where you will find mixed-use spaces like hotels, offices, condominiums and service apartments.

Park Gate

The third project, Park Gate, will consist of six mid-rise towers connected through soaring gardern canopies which were designed to ensure cooling and shade when the sun becomes unbearable. The Park Gate will have a total area of 4.7 million square-feet and like the other two projects, it was designed to be sustainable.

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The Dubai Fountain

The entrancing performance of light, music and water that will change the face of Dubai forever.

Set on the 30-acre Burj Dubai Lake, the fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 ft (150 metres), equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The fountain is 900 ft (275 metres) long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs. It has been designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.

The Dubai Fountain will now perform daily, with the performance repertoire including Sama Dubai; Baba Yetu, an award-winning song in Swahili; the Arab world’s top-selling dance number Shik Shak Shok; and the signature piece of world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Con te partiro (Time to Say Goodbye).

Over 6,600 WET Superlights – the most advanced incandescent large fountain lights available today – and 25 colour projectors create a visual spectrum of over 1,000 abstract attractions. The beam of light shining upward from the fountain can be seen from over 20 miles away, and will be visible from space making it the brightest spot in the Middle East, and quite possibly in the entire world.

Key Facts & Figures

•World’s largest fountain
• In sync with classical, Arabic and world music
• 1.5 million lumens of projected light
• Spray heights of up to 500 feet
• 22,000 gallons of airborne water
• Set in Burj Dubai Lake, right outside The Dubai Mall on Lower Ground Waterfront Promenade in the heart of Downtown Burj Dubai.


17 Fluidly Fantastic Fountains and Water Sculptures


What is it about moving water that fascinates us? The grace and beauty of flowing water, along with its ability to induce calm, are the biggest reasons we’re drawn to artful displays of H2O. From simple gravity-driven fountains to elaborate displays of dancing water and lights, these fountains, waterfalls and water sculptures are among the most celebrated, the most beautiful and the most interesting in the world.

Dubai Fountain - Burj Dubai, UAE



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The Dubai Fountain in Burj Dubai, UAE is among the largest and most technologically advanced fountains in the world. The $218 million fountain was unveiled in May of 2009. While it’s similar to the famed Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas, it’s 25% bigger and boasts water sprays as high as a 50-story building. But even more impressive than the facts and figures is the sheer beauty of the lighted water show. It’s nothing short of breathtaking.

Public Art Waterfalls - New York City

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In the summer of 2008, New Yorkers were treated to a large-scale public art project from Danish Artist Olafur Eliasson. Four towering waterfalls were placed at different locations in New York Harbor. They were carefully designed to avoid damage to the environment and wildlife, and no public funds were used in the project. For a few months, these waterfalls provided passers-by with a stunning view of water toppling back to its home from 90 to 120 feet up. Hailed as the most ambitious public art project in New York in several years, the waterfalls were meant to be a celebration of the revitalization of the waterfront.

Water Forest - Tacoma, Washington


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Just outside of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, you’ll find a beautiful but beleaguered water sculpture project. The publicly-owned Water Forest was first erected in 2002, but was taken down soon after when one of the tubes was pushed over by a child. The city took the next seven years (and $174,000) to repair and improve the sculpture. The clear parts of the tubes, once made of glass, are now acrylic and much harder to damage. The 20 tubes have been made stronger to avoid any accidental injuries. The water flowing down the outside of each tube has been specially treated to avoid harming those who, for whatever reason, find it necessary to taste it. Overall, the display is breathtaking - especially at night, when green fiber-optic lights illuminate the structures.

Water Whirler - Wellington, New Zealand


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New Zealand sculptor Len Lye dreamed big - so big, in fact, that his sculpture concepts were mostly unrealized at the time of his death. He considered himself well before his time, as the structures he wanted to build were beyond the scope of technology in his lifetime. Following his death in 1980, two of his concepts have been made into reality. Water Whirler is one of these. The strong but flexible rod that makes up the central part of the sculpture features thin jets of water that spray out horizontally. As the rod whirls around and around on its base, the water jets form lovely and surprising patterns in the air. Water Whirler was unveiled in 2006 near Frank Kitts Park in Wellington.

Charybdis - Sunderland, England



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This mesmerizing water sculpture was designed by British sculptor William Pye and sits in front of Seaham Hall in Sunderland. The clear cylinder holds filtered water that rushes around to create a beautiful air-core vortex. Thanks to the stairs on either side of the cylinder, viewers are able to climb up and look down into the eye of the vortex.

Archibald Fountain - Sydney, Australia



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Unveiled in 1932, Archibald Fountain in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia has been called the country’s most impressive fountain. The funds for the fountain were provided by journalist J.F. Archibald in his will, with the stipulation that the fountain must be created by a French artist. Francois Sicard was awarded the project and created a truly beautiful piece of art that has become the centerpiece of Hyde Park.

Fountain of Wealth - Singapore


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This gigantic fountain is the central feature of Suntec City mall in Singapore. The fountain stands at over 45 feet (13.8 meters) and is said to bring good fortune and wealth to those who walk around it three times while constantly touching the water. It was recorded in the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest fountain.

Banpo Bridge - Seoul, Korea


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While it used to be a boring bridge over the Han River, the Banpo Bridge was transformed in 2008 into a gigantic, artful water display. The water is supplied by the river directly below and pumps through 9,380 nozzles to create this unique and memorable fountain. The bridge/fountain was intended to drive more tourism traffic to the city.

Friendship of Nations Fountain - Moscow, Russia


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The impressive Friendship of Nations fountain (also known as the People’s Friendship Fountain) is a unique display of 16 gilded statues, each representing one of the member nations of the former Soviet Union. The fountain sits in the large plaza just outside of the All-Russia Exhibition Center. The fountain and the entire plaza in which it sits can’t be missed if you’re visiting Moscow - they are a fascinating bit of Russian history.

Kanazawa Station Fountain Clock - Kanazawa, Japan



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If you walked past this outdoor clock quickly, you may not notice anything unusual about it. But this is no ordinary digital clock - it’s actually a fountain using small jets of water to tell the time. The water can even spell out messages in English and Japanese. The jets are controlled by a computer system that tells them when to open, when to close, and how high to spray the water. The Kanazawa Station Fountain Clock is an amazingly unique and beautiful water display.

Water Writing Fountain and Dancing Water Fountain - Canal City, Japan

In the first video, this innovative fountain in the Canal City Mall uses falling droplets of water to shape words and pictures. The amazing display seems almost like magic, but it’s really just the perfectly-timed release of water from individual streams. The second video features just one of many such dancing water fountains in Japan, complete with soundtrack. The regular shows never fail to attract a crowd as the water seems to dance gracefully to the music.

La Joute Fountain - Montreal, Quebec


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There are few water displays as dramatic as La Joute (”the joust”) Fountain in Montreal. The fountain runs on a 32-minute kinetic sequence that culminates on the hour with a stunning ring of fire encircling the central island. Created by Jean-Paul Riopelle in 1969, this unusual fountain currently sits in Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle in the Quartier International de Montreal.

Buckingham Fountain - Chicago, Illinois


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Buckingham Fountain, a Chicago landmark, has been gracing the city with its towering spouts of water and memorable light and music shows since 1927. Every hour on the hour from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., from April to mid-October, the fountain marks the time by shooting a 150-foot spout of water into the air. The fountain is meant to represent Lake Michigan, while the four seahorses surrounding the central fountain symbolize the four states around the lake (Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin).

King Fahd’s Fountain - Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


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On the coast of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, this impressive fountain dominates the horizon. King Fahd’s Fountain, which has been in operation since 1985, is the tallest water jet in the world. Its spray reaches over 850 feet above the Red Sea from which it draws water. A beautiful sight at any time of the day, it is especially so at night when more than 500 spotlights illuminate the massive water jet.

Fontana del Pantheon and Fontana di Trevi - Rome, Italy



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Of course, no article about beautiful fountains would be complete without a mention of the amazing fountains in Rome. The Italian city is famed for its many stunning fountains, and two of the most celebrated are the Fountain of the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. The Fountain of the Pantheon was designed and sculpted in the 16th century and sits in the Piazza del Rotundo just in front of the Pantheon. The fountain itself and the marble figures there today are not the originals, but the fountain is still a magical part of Rome.

Any trip to Rome must also include a visit to the Trevi Fountain, one of the world’s most well-known and loved fountains. The Trevi Fountain has a long and interesting history, including many alterations and rebuildings. But today it remains an exceptional example of Italian sculpture and an icon of Rome itself.


Two Wheels Good: Awesome Bicycle Mod Art

Pimp my bike? It’s more common then you think. Artistically modified bicycles are the coolest things on two wheels these days. Here are 15 of the weirdest, wildest, most outrageous bikes ever to pop a sweet jump.


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The futuristic bikes above purport to be BMW concepts though only one bears the BMW roundel, another is marked “Ultegra” and most of the rest carry the “Specialized” label. No matter - let’s just hope they go into production at some point!

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Above are a few more cool concept bikes from the Specialized group, a well-spoken selection though few actually have spokes in their wheels. Wonder where the baseball card goes?

Spinning Wheels, Got To Go ‘Round

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Any self-respecting bike rider wants to lighten up their ride, and MonkeyLectric gives them as much light as they can carry. Packing 32 full color LEDs and a bevy of visual effects, the MonkeyLectric Monkey Light fits almost any bike wheel and works in any type of weather. If looking like Miss Gulch from The Wizard Of Oz after a run-in with Nicola Tesla is what you’re after, the MonkeyLectric Monkey Light is for you, my pretties! Check out the Monkey Light in action right here:

MonkeyLectric bike lighting, via JadeAjani

Positively Ex-Static

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Want to display static ads in LED light as you pedal through town? Anyone? Well just in case, MonkeyLectric has gone ape with what they modestly call “the most advanced rotating wheel display system in the world.” From the looks of the MonkeyLectric Video Pro M464Q, we believe them. Stabilized solid images, full color motion video and wireless control come standard and the folks at MonkeyLectric will custom-build a system to suit your needs. All this doesn’t come cheap - systems START in the $2,000 range - but for commercial applications it could be worth the expense to get noticed.

Tree Wheeler

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A-frames are made of wood; so are picture frames, so why not bicycle frames? Well, plenty of reasons… but none of them stood in the way of German timber technology student Jens Eichler. Applying his knowledge of wood along with a heaping helping of phenol-resorcinol glue, Eichler crafted one of the most beautiful bikes anyone’s ever seen. Renovatia is made of Beech plywood and is, of all things, a tandem bicycle.

Bike Riding Mowers

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What do you get when you cross a bicycle with a reel mower? A reel strange bike… but not so strange that more than a few folks have cobbled such a beast together. Though these bike-riding mowers may look all wrong, they do have a lot of positives: they’re eco-friendly, exercise-inducing and never fail to provoke a grin (or a look of extreme puzzlement).

Divine Recline

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Recumbent bikes are typically form-follows-function designs that leave little room for artistic expression. Not so this sleek & sexy design prototype by College for Creative Studies graduate Mathew Zurlinden, which shatters the stereotype by pushing the envelope as far as it will stretch. The Legato GT features hubless wheels, Shimano Dura-Ace brakes and an Infina-Gear CVT Transmission that makes mountains into molehills. Definitely not your grandfather’s recliner!

Not Just Another Tequila Sunrise

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Jason Battersby has created a couple of wheeled wonders he calls Tequila Sunrise and Eye Candy. The former, pictured above, is a retro-futuristic throwback to the fabulous fifties complete with cyclops headlight and a skirted rear fender. Malt shop, here we come!

Eye Candy, You Candy
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With Eye Candy, Jason Battersby takes a different design tack that recalls sixties Mustang bikes, metal-flake dune buggies and the original Batmobile. These bike designs aren’t your typical “look but don’t touch” fragile fabrications, either. Confirms Battersby, “Both bicycles are fully ride-able. I have rode both bicycles without any problems.” Surprised Torontonians, not so much - these beauteous bikes have the power to induce instant whiplash in onlookers.

I’ll Be Bike…

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Jud Turner put what seems to be an obvious Terminator obsession to work when creating the Bio-Cycle. The 60-inch long bike was built expressly for the February 2008 “Different Spokes” invitational sculpture show in Salem, Oregon and is made of welded steel, found objects and mixed media. An earlier version had rubber skin, we spotted them easy… OK, not really but you see where I’m going with this. As for Termin… that is, Turner, he’s revisited the art of bare-bones bicycle building with the R-evolve bike. So easy even a caveman can ride it.

Sole Bike

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The Walking Bike by Max Wright Design is a shoe-in for weirdest bike honors - and for garnering the most bad puns. Each of the bike’s wheels feature 8 pairs of assorted athletic shoes, which should leave very confusing footprints in snow or sand. The following short video of the “Superted” walking bike proves that when it comes to long-distance running, one should just run:

Superted Walking Bike, via Yorgodzilla

Vicious Cycle


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Even extra-strength Midol isn’t enough to cure the Vicious Cycle; circular reasoning of the bicycling kind. The ride to nowhere was crafted by UCSB design student Robert Wechsler for no apparent reason except that he had 9 bikes lying around and didn’t want to just junk them. Wechsler likes to assemble the 12-foot diameter mega-bike at different locations and leave it for passersby to amuse themselves, recorded merry-go-round music optional.

Spoken Sie Deutsch?

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Sven Fischer from Team Tentakulus whipped up the ominous, jet black Shocker Chopper bike, probably using the Hammer of Thor on an anvil stolen from Satan himself. Info at the Team Tentakulus website is in German and that’s somehow appropriate as this is Der Götterdämmerung of bikes - ride this to school and even the meekest nerd will command instant respect.

Art Dekochari

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Japanese kids have been doing up their bikes dekochari-style for decades, and they’ve got it down to - literally - a fine art. Dekochari (deko = decoration, chari = bicycle) involves pimping a bike to the max, often to the point where it’s hard to know where the decoration ends and the bike begins. Sheet metal, lights (and lots of them), wild paint jobs and even chromed bumpers make the wildest dekochari bikes look like shrunken semi-trailers. Which is the idea, actually.

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Here’s a video of dekochari bikes after dark, backed up musically by “Ichiban-boshi Blues” (by Bunta Sugawara and Kinya Aikawa). This theme song from the Torakku Yarou movie series helped ignite Japan’s dekochari craze way back in the 1970s:

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Bicycles are looking better than ever in more ways than one. In fact, compared to gas guzzling, bailout bankrupted, ever more expensive automobiles, their appeal has never been more timely. Even so, a little (or a lot) of artistic customizing just makes a good thing better. Yes, wheelie.