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Anais Mali Pays Tribute To Warrior Women in ‘Amazon’ By Urivaldo Lopes For French Revue de Modes #25

Kurdish Women Fighters In Syria Say ISIS Fears Women Soldiers So Much They Shake

Eye 9-20-14 | Angelina Jolie To Direct ‘Africa’ | ‘I Am Eleven’ Documentary | Are Conservatives Happier In Liberal Countries?

Eye 9-17-14 | US Poverty & Child Development | Stella McCartney’s Green Carpet Collection

Eye 9-15-14 Richard Branson’s Unfulfilled Energy Pledge | G-Spot Science | Malala’s Attackers Arrested.

Eye 4-9-14 Violence Against Women | Scalia & Women’s Rights | Matrilineal Mawlynnong

Eye 9-8-14 | Clintons For Elephants | Organized Crime Deep In Ivory Trade | Clooney & Alamuddin Will Wed In Venice

Eye 9/6/14 | Fast Food & Depression | Global Cool Neighborhoods | Liu Wen

Eye 9/3/14 | Dr. Patricia Wright’s Lemurs | Low Carb Diet | Spinach Aids Weight Control

Eye 8/31/14: Global Warming | New Tesla Electric Battery | Elephant Slaughter

Eye 8/29/14 Women In Tech Abrasive | Shakira Pregnant | Abortions At Home

Eye 8/27/14: Beyonce’s Feminism, Moms Against NRA, Women Newscasters, Kurdish Women Soldiers Face ISIS

Eye 8/26/14 SunGlacier | Windowless Jumbo jets | What Is Plagiarism

Eye: Nicer Future | Cathy Horn | Women’s Wages | Marley Coffee

Sheryl Sandberg & Getty Images Reboot Stock Photos Portrayal of Women

Pubic Hair Is Back, Announces The New York Times

Eniko Mihalik By Diego Uchitel Returns Anne To Vietnam & Reflections On The Heart Of Darkness

Chantal Thomass, Red Wine Is More Sensual Than Coca-Cola Light

Dasha Zhukova’s BDSM Throne Bashing Is Well Deserved

Abigail Disney Defends Meryl Streep’s Calling Walt Disney A ‘Gender Bigot

Aerie Lingerie Launches ‘The Real You Is Sexy’ Campaign

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Karolina Kurkova’s Pursuit Of Supermodel Status | Fashion Activism & Smart Sensuality Women

ForbesWoman Calls 2014 A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs | Maria Shriver Reports On Poor Women in America

Zambia’s First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata Stuns By Speaking On Behalf Of Gays | God Loves Uganda Documentary

Religion’s Evolution Divide Deepens Between Republicans & Democrats | Phil Robertson Promotes Marrying Girls Young

Paul de Luna’s ‘Samsara’: Returning The Sacred Feminine To Her Historical Place Of Honor Will Help Save The World

Master Builder’s pdate: UAE’s ‘Organic Cities’ By Luca Curci; Wired Looks At Masdar City

TED Talk: Boyd Varty On ‘Ubuntu’, Nelson Mandela & The Londolozi Game Reserve

American Nuns Hold Tight To Social Activism As Pope Francis Offers Hope of SOME Change In Their Voice

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Just Why Does the Rape of Women & Children Worldwide Continue?

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Prada Perspective | Icarus Lives As Men Push Higher Into the Sky | Jeddah's Freedom Tower To Be Upstaged By China

Miuccia Prada‘s esoteric perspective is one of the primary reason’s why Prada is one of the definitive brands of the last century. Steven Meisel takes that ethos and channels it into a chess-centric and haunting film filled with unanswered questions. The presence of  Vanessa Axente, Magdalena Frackowiak, Madison Headrick, Elza Luijendijk, Iselin Steiro & Anne Vyalitsyna certainly doesn’t hurt either. via Models.com

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Above video: Seoul’s Rem Koolhaas Prada Transformer Opens with ‘Waists Down’ (2009)

 Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi ArabiaMen & Skyscrapers

When Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower (aka Burj Dubai) opened in January 2010 as the world’s tallest building, plans were already on the table for Kingdom Holding Company’s Freedom Tower to reach even higher into the clouds. Under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the structure dwarfs the Burj Khalifa at 1,401m for Freedom Tower vs 828 m for the Burj.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talai originally wanted to build Freedom Tower a mile into the sky, requiring a 12 minute elevator ride into the clouds. Fears that the soil couldn’t support the weight of the foundation resulted in a final plan for a smaller tower in a still mighty tall building scheduled for completion in mid-2017.

China Rising

China’s Sky City One aims to become the world’s tallest building.

As construction of the 1km high Kingdom Tower commenced, researchers set out to understand if one twice as high could be built. China’s Dr. Sang Dae Kim, chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced that indeed a 2km high tower could soon be a reality and is technically possible.

In mid-July Zhang Yue, CEO, of China’s Broad Sustainable Builing company said the firm will construct a two-kilometre high tower having 636 floors. The location is not yet announced.

Not only does Mr. Yue’s construction company build tall skyscrapers. He builds them fast. Using prefabricated materials the firm built a 16-story building, ‘The New Ark Hotel’, in just six days. After that, a 30-story building rose in Hunan provice in 15 days.

Broad Sustainable Building plans to construct an 838-meter high tower, titled ‘Sky City 220’ in four months time from groundbreaking, making it 10 stories taller than the Burj Khalifa. This sky city tower will have schools, a hospital, 17 helipads and able to house 30,000 people.

Watch the video to the right.

Myth and Skyscrapers

Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity
MCA Chicago June 30-Sep 23, 2012

Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity examines contemporary works of art that take as their subject the form, technology, myth, message, and image of that iconic building structure, the skyscraper. While the exhibition has particular relevance to Chicago, the city that is widely known as the birthplace of this architectural type, artists throughout the world—in addition to authors, filmmakers, poets, and undoubtedly architects—have been enthralled by the human desire to build farther and farther into the sky, testing technological limits while embodying a yearning for spiritual connection to the heavens. Artists’ endeavors to explore this desire have taken many forms, from video and film to sculpture, painting, and photography. Read on

Dynamic Architecture’s Fouth Timension Is Time AOC New Day

I confess to being totally seduced by this idea of Dynamic Architecture and the work of visionary Italian architect Dr. David Fisher who states:

“Today’s life is dynamic, so the space we are living in should be dynamic as well, adjustable to our needs that change continuously, to our moods … buildings will follow the rhythms of nature, they will change direction and shape  … from sunrise to sunset, and adjust themselves to the weather, buildings will be alive.

Phallic Fiction or Good Land Use?

Burj Khalifa Rises Half A MIle Into Dubai Sky AOC Style

Skyscrapers are icons of the modern age, masculine symbols of man’s triumph over Mother Nature, who is left in the dust until death, when humans return to their original birthing place on land.

In our post Sept. 11 world, skyscrapers have dual meanings then as modern symbols of imperial power and uncontrolled consumption, as well as glorious human achievements of architectural design and national status.

Land-Based Female Principles

Can Architecture Conquer Man’s Love for Icarus with New Dreams? AOC Style

The owners of Dubai’s Burg Khalifa say that the entire skyscraper is inspired by female principles, found in the hymen flower. I called the assertion ‘phallic fiction’ — a bit like the current financial balance sheet for Dubai World —  but a reader correctly pointed out that what matters are the building’s green credentials and not its marketing hype.

Tonight, Another Mars Landing

‘It’s a tense confidence,’ ex-NASA official says of Mars mission LA Times

One of the most intriguing parts of the Mars rover Curiosity’s landing is the lack of control that the scientists and engineers have in the final moments of the mission. Because it takes 14 minutes for signals to be transmitted from Curiosity to Earth, all they can do is watch, wait and hope for success.

Scott Hubbard, who is the former director of NASA’s Ames Research Center and has contributed greatly to the Mars rover program, said: “Everybody is on edge. There’s a lot of confidence there, but the truth is Mars is still mostly an unknown. It’s a tense confidence. The software is loaded, they’re committed, and now they just have to wait and see.”

JUST IN: Curiosity Rover Lands Safely on Mars NY Times

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