The New York City skyline at 1902 (Irving Underhill, The Library of Congress/Courtesy The Skyscraper Museum)
The New York City skyline at 1999 (Richard Berenholtz/Courtesy The Skyscraper Museum)
The New York City skyline at 1876 (New York Public Library/Courtesy The Skyscraper Museum)
View of midtown Manhattan in 1975, after modernist curtainwall skyscrapers took over the city (Thomas O’Halloran/Courtesy The Skyscraper Museum)
A new exhibit at The Skyscraper Museum in New York City traces the evolution of the city’s skyline from the 19th century to the present day and into plans for the future. With a mix of archival photography, interactive graphics, models, and drawings, the exhibit breaks down the skyline’s history into distinct eras
OAK Media Perspective: It seems the one thing scientists have been wrong about so far is HOW QUICKLY CLIMATE CHANGE is happening. We hear words like “much faster than predicted” and “overwhelmingly rapid” as more is reported from around the globe. Drastic changes in the Arctic Ocean that weren’t EXPECTED UNTIL THE END OF THE CENTURY ARE HAPPENING NOW. Climate change processes are occurring exponentially and it seems we’re already at the point of no return. The consequences of humanity’s destruction of the Earth’s delicate balances are – or will be very soon – rolling right up on all of us.
A region in the Arctic Ocean is undergoing a historic identity crisis.
Previously, simulations had suggested that conditions in the northern Barents Sea will be indistinguishable from the Atlantic by the end of the century. But this study’s findings suggest that the sea’s “Atlantification” is likely to come much sooner, the scientists reported.
The Pantheon is the best-preserved ancient Roman building in Rome, largely because the Pantheon was turned into a church, it was kept remarkably well-preserved. In fact, you can still experience the building much as the ancient Romans would have.
The Oculus which is the opening of the dome and the source of light for the Pantheon is 8.8 metres in diameter.
The rotunda of the Pantheon is a perfect hemisphere which measures 43.2 m
in diameter which is exactly the maximum height of the dome.
The bronze decoration of the Pantheon has been gradually stripped away
over the centuries for use elsewhere. In 1631 Pope Urban VIII Barberini
famously and controversially stripped the bronze from the inside of the
portico to make cannons for Castel Sant’ Angelo giving rise to the
saying “quod non fecerunt barbari, fecerunt Barberini” (what the
barbarians didn’t do, the barberini did).
The tombs of the first two kings of the unified Kingdom of Italy,
Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I can both be found in the Pantheon,
along with the tomb of Umberto’s wife, Queen Margherita (yes, the pizza queen)
The inscription indicates that the Pantheon was built by Marcus Agrippa
at the time of his third consulate (27 BC). However, Agrippa’s original
Pantheon burned down in 80 AD and was followed by another two later
versions which were also destroyed. The present structure was in fact
built during the reign of Emperor Hadrian and dates from between 119-128
It took the ancient Roman’s 4-5 years to build the walls of the Rotunda and another 4-5 years to build the dome itself.
Having a stressful day? We got you covered! Sit back, turn the volume up and enjoy a relaxing moment brought to you by ESA and Lufthansa exploring the countries which make up the European Space Agency with images taken by Sentinel-1A, Sentinel-2A, Sentinel-3A, Proba-V and Envisat satellites.