Yep, we’re here again… For the western world it’s the first day of the weekend and for the Middle East it’s the first day of the working week (Monday, if you will).life

I have been thinking much about the last 8 days, they have actually rested heavy upon me.

However, I am relaxed, had my feet up all morning (a skill I’m highly proficient at) and I’ve been catching up on the TV shows of the last week. One of which is a show called ‘Life’ which I just can’t get enough of.


I had a really good chat with Rightwingsparkle who is up in Washington DC at some political thing.

BigDog brought my attention to THIS practical joke, and I can only wish that I had done it.

cashI realised this week how much (like many others) I’d like to Blog professionally, but this is highly unlikely due to pro-blogging not being the type of blogging you enjoy, its about what others want to read.

So, I got to thinking about the real stuff I’d like to work on. There are three projects on the go at the moment that have considerable concept issues to overcome and they are the Mile High Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Dubailand in the UAE and this – Masdah City… what a project that is! The worlds first carbon free city. Backed up initially by the worlds first Hydrogen power station. Designing the concepts and the homes of tomorrow, but in a way that all features can be upgraded at any time. WOW…


While I love the technology aspects of these things and conceptual problem solving being my first love, I have to wonder about how things work in the physical sense. Take the Mile High tower in Jeddah; the building is the project of Kingdom Holdings and obviously has to support its own weight, be resistant against winds and aircraft – but what about the building services? How much water will all the pipe work hold? What speed (mile-high-tower-copyor how to control it) would the waste water etc be doing by the time it gets back down the tower? How much will all the cable weigh? How do you clean windows one mile up? How do you condition people to work at this altitude? What about peoples fear of height? There are just so many questions, like who will the new PM team be?

Then there is Dubailand – huge is an understatement… Just how many miles of subterranean supply, service and emergency access tunnels must be built from the outset? When finished and running at full capacity, how much waste will the place produce per hour and how will they get rid of it? And so on…


You know, I really am not only living in the wrong place – but the wrong country too.




Published in: on 28 February, 2009 at 16:22  Comments (1)  
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