Architecture in America That Would Make Frank Lloyd Wright Proud

 

Architecture in America That Would Make Frank Lloyd Wright Proud

by Amy Lignor

There is a brand new headline when it comes to an innovative new building; a building that the creator hopes to construct in America. It is a design that looks stunning on paper, however, it is also a design that is ‘far right’ of, well…even Wright’s own ideas.

A conceptual design by Oiio Studio proposes “the Big Bend” as Manhattan’s longest (not tallest) residential building. Photo: Oiio Studio.

Manhattan, as everyone knows by now, is the King of the skyscraper business. They are also always striving, along with Seattle, Chicago and others, to own the tallest building in America, let alone the world. Greek architect Ioannis Oikonomou and his firm, Oiio Studio, may just be the ones to give Manhattan this glory.

Not only could he break the “tallest” record with his idea, but he would also create one of the most interesting, beautiful, yet slightly supernatural looking building in all the land. This would be a U-shaped tower that’s along the lines of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis or the first big drop on a roller coaster as far as construction is concerned. It will also be the “longest” structure and has already been assigned the name, “Big Bend.” A skinny skyscraper bent in half, if you measured from end to end it would be approximately 4,000 feet. The stretch running from the sidewalk to the building’s peak directly in its center would make it 200 feet taller than One World Trade Center was; thus, creating the longest/tallest skyscraper.

It already has a place, of course. If everything were to go perfectly and investors signed on to the project, “Big Bend” would be built on the south corner of Central Park. You know the area as Billionaire’s Row.

It is not a stretch to say that this is a design that very well could come to fruition. And although it would come in as the longest skyscraper, it would not be the “strangest” architectural site that America has to offer. You see, almost every state can claim one site that is so beautiful, unique, or just simply odd that tourists go to see them every year.

Just take a look at a few…

In Alaska, the “Dr. Seuss House” can be found in a place called Willow. Although this is an unofficial name, the beloved author would be proud to see it. The 12 stories, that sat untouched for ten years and was only recently completed, resembles the illustrated homes that Seuss was famous for.

In Arkansas, A stunning architectural work of art comes in the form of Thorncrown Chapel. Wood and stone were used to create the structure, yet a wandering eye that wandered too quickly would see it as just a chapel sitting in the middle of the forest completely abandoned. But don’t let the eyes deceive, because this is one chapel that is not “buried in overgrowth and weeds.” Up close, it is actually enclosed by huge glass panels on all four sides and is truly a sight to behold.

A favorite of many can be found in the state of Connecticut. Gillette Castle is an awe-inspiring site, whether seeing it on land or from a boat staring up at the hill it sits upon. This is a very odd stone monstrosity that was commissioned by William Gillette, who was an American actor best known for playing the role of Sherlock Holmes. He was also a man with a sense of humor and a whole lot of bad luck. In his Will, he stated that the castle was never supposed to be owned by (and I quote): “a blithering sap-head who has no conception of where he is or with what surrounded.” Seeing as that the state now owns it, seems that Gillette did not get his wish after all.

For those who love their canines, in the state of Idaho you can find The Dog Bark Park Inn. Locals call this structure “Sweet Willy” and the building is two stories built and painted to look like a beagle. Best dog-themed B&B out there in America. A real “treat” for both you and your special friend.

In Michigan you are granted a look at the Earl Young Mushroom Houses; in Oklahoma, the “Arts & Crafts” House (AKA: The Bavinger House) is also something you’ll never forget. Oddly enough, when it comes to alien beings, it is not Roswell, NM but actually Signal Mountain, Tennessee where you must go to see “The Spaceship House.” Built in 1972 for his son, the owner created this UFO-shaped home with interior décor that is totally round (even the furniture) and a drop-down staircase that allows you to “climb up” and enter the alien transport from the ground below.

But you really can’t speak about “odd” architecture without at least throwing in the name everyone knows. In Dodgeville, Wisconsin, “The House on the Rock” may have a bland name, but the oddities of the building came from the minds of builder Alex Jordan Jr., and designer Frank Lloyd Wright. This is a rural home, but inside you will find everything from the world’s largest indoor carousel to something called ‘The Infinity Room’, which is cantilevered and projected out over 200 feet beyond the actual rock the house sits on. Talk about a view, aye?

It will be interesting to see if investors jump at the chance to construct “Big Bend” in Manhattan and give the already beautiful spot even more cred. But even without it, take some time to research the stunning architecture that has been a part of the U.S.A. for a long time – some are even in your neck of the woods. Because even with the mastermind Wright gone, at least we can be proud that “over-the-top” designs continue to be a part of our architectural universe.

 

Source:  GIG News

Mobile Phone Forecast: Is Saturation of the Market in Sight?

 
Mobile Phone Forecast: Is Saturation of the Market in Sight?

by Amy Lignor

 

It is a fact that when people say no matter where they look – whether it be while walking down a neighborhood sidewalk, driving in their cars, shopping at the grocery store – it seems that everyone on the planet is holding a phone to their ear, or phase of maturity, smartphone sales, Innovation, saturation, fascinate the massesstaring down at the screen in order to text, get information, search online, or watch Facebook and Twitter “remarks” intently.

However, this should be no surprise, seeing as that sales of mobile phones were forecasted to reach $523 billion by the year 2020 in the U.S. alone. The number of consumers using mobile devices to shop will also grow by 26 million, and when it comes to everyone’s favorite, Smartphone, sales are set to peak in Western markets in 2017 as they enter what experts call “their new phase of maturity.”

To break this down a bit, global phone shipments are well on their way to the 2 billion unit mark this year, which is up from 1.96 billion approximately two years ago. But will 2017, be the ultimate peak of saturation when it comes to North America? According to some analysts (CCS Insight), it will most definitely be, leading to smartphone sales in Western Europe and North America slowly declining after 2017 has come to an end.

 

This forecast spotlights the fact that smartphones and the importance that they bring to people is diminishing. With the plethora of connected devices growing more and more each day, smartphone has been immersed in a full range of tablets, virtual reality headsets, and more that are all competing for the consumer’s paycheck.

 

Competition is growing by leaps and bounds, and the amount of devices out there that have overtaken the mobile phone arena is amazing. Innovation is the key, which has not been growing by leaps and bounds in the smartphone arena. Having the best, latest and greatest mobile phone now means having one with a camera, a large screen and a good enough battery life for the everyday businessman. In other words, there are better devices turning the customer’s eye away from the once “must-have” smartphone.

 

Apple, however, is still defying all forecasts. The iPhone has not dropped in sales; nor, according to experts, will it reach a peak or full saturation of the market by the end of 2017. Apple continues to rake in profit with their ever-increasing share of the mobile phone market. There is always a “latest” iPhone to replace older devices bringing in new customers every year. High-growth markets, like China and India, have been taken over by Apple’s iPhone seeing as that there are still enough people sitting in that higher income category in those countries to afford one.

 

Microsoft’s market share is forecast to grow because of the lower costs they offer. Microsoft has made progress by working with other companies to deliver Windows Phone products at aggressive price points to the consumer. These price points have brought success in the two largest markets of China and the United States, which will help it build momentum in the short term. When it comes to long-term forecasts, it is the Microsoft Chinese arena that will challenge the Samsung market.

 

In the end, saturation is forecasted, with 2017 in many analysts’ minds being the peak for the United States market. 2017 will see smartphone sales take over 90% of the overall mobile phone sales in the U.S., leaving a mere 10% who still refuse to give up that “good book” they can hold in their hands in order to press a button and read it on-screen.

 

It will be interesting to see the innovation that is yet to come. Because once you’ve sold to one and all, it is a fact that you will need a new product to fascinate the masses.

Source:  GIG News