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The Impressive and Concerning Construction of a Hotel in Just Six Days

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The Impressive and Concerning Construction of a Hotel in Just Six Days

| architecture | November 16, 2010

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Currently making the rounds inside the design/architecture portions of the internet, as well as in email forwards from your grandparents and Twitter feeds the world over, is this time-lapse video of the construction of the Ark Hotel in Changsha, China. Reportedly, and time-stamped as such, it only took six days to build the 15-story hotel, which is both a remarkable achievement and, to this writer at least, absolutely terrifying. Although officials have said that the building is completely up to safety codes, and that all the pieces were prefabricated (hence the ability to build so quickly), it still doesn’t put us very much at ease, particularly considering China’s recent poor history with both hotels and building codes.

Via UnBeige

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After working at various design practices on a full-time and freelance basis, and starting his own design firm, David McFadden saw that there was a gap to be filled in the industry. In 1984, he created an expansive hub for architects and hiring firms to sync up, complete projects, and mutually benefit. That hub was Consulting For Architects Inc., which enabled architects to find meaningful design work, while freeing hiring firms from tedious hiring-firing cycles. This departure from the traditional, more rigid style of employer-employee relations was just what the industry needed - flexibility and adaption to modern work circumstances. David has successfully advised his clients through the trials and tribulations of four recessions – the early 80’s, the early 90’s, the early 2000’s, and the Great Recession of 2007.

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