Vertical City - S1,2

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Vertical City - S1,2

Post by StarTrekFan » Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:17 pm

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Vertical City takes a high rise hike around the globe’s most iconic skyscrapers, seeing these potent symbols of ambition and wealth from a fresh perspective.

Scaling the tallest towers across the world from New York to Sweden, from Chicago to Melbourne, architect experts Charlie Luxton, Keith Keaveney and Matt Berman get high and see these bold buildings on a grand scale and at great heights from a unique perspective, as well as uncovering the stories of power, politics and daring design that lie behind them.
Season 1 (2007)
(HDTV | 280MB | ~27min/ep | 720x400 | 25fps | XviD/avi)
  • E01: One Canada Square, London (missing)
  • E02: Commerzbank, Frankfurt
    The skyscraper is a symbol of aspiration and power – and an environmentally unsound energy guzzling monster. But in 1997 British superarchitect Norman Foster created a contradiction in terms – the world’s first ecological tower and in doing so, The Commerzbank in Frankfurt has changed the construction of office buildings forever. But was going green the result of the corporate world being responsible – or just a big fat PR exercise?
    Vertical.City.S01E02.Commerzbank,.Frankfurt.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [279.53 Mb]
  • E03: Torre Mayor, Mexico City
    The strongest building on Earth, Torre Mayor is constructed to withstand earthquakes that would obliterate the average skyscraper. Built in the wake of Mexico City’s most devastating earthquake in 1985, this monument to engineering has become a haven of safety in one of the world’s most active seismic zones. But can the ever growing height of skyscrapers compete with typhoons and earthquakes? Can man’s high rise addiction really conquer nature?
    Vertical.City.S01E03.Torre.Mayor,.Mexico.City.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [279.46 Mb]
  • E04: Cira Centre, Philadelphia
    You’re a new developer, you want to build a tower in a bleak part of town and you’ve got to fill half the building before you get planning permission. What do you do? Get in a Superstar Architect to ensure your skyscraper gets noticed and gets headlines. Cesar Pelli, creator of the Petronas Towers and Canary Wharf, waved his magic design wand over the Cira Center and made it stand apart from any other high rise in the area. But are celebrity architects over paid and over hyped? And does their huge pay cheque pay back?
    Vertical.City.S01E04.Cira.Centre,.Philadelphia.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [279.59 Mb]
  • E05: The Turning Torso, Sweden (missing)
  • E06: Eureka Tower, Melbourne
    Vertical City goes up top Down Under to the tallest residential building in the world – the 300m Eureka Tower, the most exclusive address in the Southern Hemisphere. But is living the high life destroying our traditional city communities? Are these Vertical Villages changing the way we live forever?
    Vertical.City.S01E06.Eureka.Tower,.Melbourne.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [279.45 Mb]
  • E07: Cologne Cathedral
    Even before the modern skyscraper, the super tall building has been a source of innovation and fierce competition – and no time was the fight for height fiercer than in the late 18th century when cathedrals across Europe competed to make their spires the tallest. Cologne was the tallest building in the world for 4 years – but where did the money for these religious super spires come from? And just how fierce – and dirty - did the fight become?
    Vertical.City.S01E07.Cologne.Cathedral.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [279.67 Mb]
  • E08: Sears Tower, Chicago
    Still the tallest tower in the US – as well as the tallest building in the world for 25 years – the $175million Sears Tower broke boundaries in not only height but design and construction when it was completed in 1973. But building the tallest building in the world brings its own logistical headaches – and the crippling cost of funding an iconic tower can take its toll…
    Vertical.City.S01E08.Sears.Tower,.Chicago.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [279.64 Mb]
  • E09: Q1, Australian Gold Coast
    From a trendy beachbum dropout to the Miami of the Southern Hemisphere, Surfer's Paradise has come a long way from a small town with great waves perched on the west coast of Australia. Surfer's has a growing reputation as the resort of choice for the rich and famous, and the skyline is growing too with the massive Q1 Tower dominating the landscape. But how has this uber-skyscraper effected the paradise that is Surfer's? Is it the jewel in the crown of one of the world's most exclusive resorts - or the nail in the coffin of the chilled vibe and community spirit that makes the Gold Coast unique?
    Vertical.City.S01E09.Q1,.Australian.Gold.Coast.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [279.51 Mb]
  • E10: 7 World Trade Center, New York (missing)

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Re: Vertical City - S1,2

Post by StarTrekFan » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:54 am

Season 2 (2008)
(HDTV | 280MB | ~27min/ep | 720x400 | 25fps | XviD/avi)
  • E01: Triumph Palace, Moscow
    In 2003, Moscow's Triumph Palace became Europe's tallest building. What is striking about this luxury residential block is not so much it's height but the fact that it resurrects an architectural style closely linked with the city's turbulent political past. In the 1940s Josef Stalin commissioned a series of seven tall towers that would compete with the skyscrapers of New York. Known as the Seven Sisters, the towers were created to inspire Russian citizens to celebrate the strength and glory of the communist state. Matt Berman investigates the design and political genesis of these towers and examines why an eighth sister, the Triumph Palace, has been added in 21st century capitalist Moscow.
    Vertical.City.S02E01.Triumph.Palace,.Moscow.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [280.00 Mb]
  • E02: Shanghai World Finance Center, China
    With the highest roof on earth, the sleek Shanghai World Finance Center stands in the city that has overtaken New York and Chicago as skyscraper capital of the world. Setting the standard for a new generation of supertall skyscrapers, this Japanese-developed tower, built on Chinese land, also symbolises a new era in relations between the two previously hostile countries after Japan's violent invasion of China in the 1930s. This troubled history meant that every step of the skyscraper’s symbolism and design had to be handled with immense sensitivity - but that didn’t stop anti-Japanese sentiment threatening its completion.
    Vertical.City.S02E02.Shanghai.World.Finance.Centre.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [279.62 Mb]
  • E03: Beetham Tower, Manchester (missing)
  • E04: Bank of China, Hong Kong (missing)
  • E05: 375 Park Avenue, New York (missing)
  • E06: Taipei 101, Taiwan
    Taiwan, China’s renegade province, wanted to make the world sit up and notice it – so it built the planet’s tallest skyscraper, Taipei 101, in its capital city. An architectural meeting of East meets West, Taiwan’s biggest global advertising board and symbol of achievement was a defiant gesture towards its neighbouring superpower, and a calculated quest for Taiwanese commercial attention proving that in modern times, the supertall building is more than just the corporation HQ of the past. But does having the tag of the tallest guarantee success? And why isn’t there a host of other skyscrapers in this city like its competitor over the water, Shanghai?
    Vertical.City.S02E06.Taipei.101,.Taiwan.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [279.61 Mb]
  • E07: Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong
    Stunning skylines are fuelled by money – and Hong Kong has one of the most stunning in the world. With a lack of land on the island, the only way is up. The most prized – and expensive - plot is the financial district of Central where one skyscraper towers above the rest, star of Batman movies and gleaming white pillar of capitalism, 2 International Finance Center. To ensure the developers made a healthy return on their investment, 2IFC’s architects had to not just make the tower look good to lure high paying tenants – but ensure that literally every inch of the skyscraper’s design paid back.
    Vertical.City.S02E07.Two.International.Finance.Centre,.Hong.Kong.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [279.69 Mb]
  • E08: Naberezhnaya Tower, Moscow
    Moscow has become Europe’s skyscraper capital, with the Naberezhnaya Tower holding the title of the continent’s tallest building. It represents a new era for the city, one in which Moscow can finally compete with the other major financial centres of the world. Further skyscrapers, such as Norman Foster's 500 metre tall Russia Tower, are currently being built - pushing the parameters of both height and skyscraper design in Europe. These extraordinary towers represent the final realisation of a modern high rise Moscow- one that was once dreamt of decades ago by the city's early 20th century undiscovered skyscraper visionary.
    Vertical.City.S02E08.Naberezhnaya.Tower,.Moscow.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [280.03 Mb]
  • E09: Petronas Towers, Malaysia
    In the late 1980s the Malaysian government decided to build a skyscraper so unprecedented in size and so ambitious that it sought to overtake Chicago’s Sears Tower as the tallest building in the world. The result – the elaborately curved Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur – achieved both goals. But for Cesar Pelli, the Western architect charged with the task of creating this national symbol that both respected the past and looked forward to the 21st century, it would be an enormous design challenge on a rocky and unchartered road – and getting the towers built in Malaysia would prove almost impossible.
    Vertical.City.S02E09.Petronas.Towers,.Malaysia.avi  [240.51 Mb]
  • E10: John Hancock Tower, Boston
    Behind the glistening façade of Boston’s John Hancock Tower lies one of the most embarrassing moments in architectural history. The insurance company wanted to express their corporate might by building a modernist skyscraper in the heart of Boston’s historic core, threatening to pull their financial weight out of the city if they faced opposition. Little did they know that this act of arrogance would haunt them forever. Their dream tower turned into their worst nightmare and what followed is one of the most unbelievable tales in architectural history, involving collapsing foundations, windows falling out and a skyscraper that was likely to topple over.
    Vertical.City.S02E10.John.Hancock.Tower,.Boston.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [279.72 Mb]
  • E11: John Hancock Center, Chicago
    The John Hancock Center in Chicago is one of the most influential skyscrapers of the twentieth century. When completed in 1969 this was the tallest tower in the world outside New York City and is still the most famous structural expressionist style building in high rise architecture. By using new technologies like the computer and developments in steel, the tower’s designers revolutionised the way skyscrapers were built and created a true masterpiece of engineering. But cutting edge construction always courts controversy – and despite being the birthplace of skyscrapers, Chicago wasn’t convinced it wanted this enormous dark hulk on its skyline.
    Vertical.City.S02E11.John.Hancock.Center,.Chicago.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [279.63 Mb]
  • E12: 1180 Peachtree, Atlanta
    1180 Peachtree is a striking icon on the Atlanta skyline, its huge fins making it distinct from other skyscrapers in the city. But it’s not all about good looks - 1180 is creating a new era for the city’s towers. Back in the 1980s, when crime and racial tension were rife in the city, architects designed skyscrapers that existed independently of street life, connecting to parking and shopping malls with skybridges that made sidewalks completely redundant. 1180 is opening its doors to the streets and the public, helping to breathe life back into the street culture of this once lifeless city.
    Vertical.City.S02E12.1180.Peachtree,.Atlanta.HDTV.ReEnc.XviD-STF.avi  [279.70 Mb]

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