United Arab Emirates : The World

Posted by Jakub

worldThe World is a man-made archipelago of 300 islands constructed in the shape of a world map and located 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The World is one of several artificial island projects being constructed in Dubai, others being the Palm Islands. Like the other artificial island projects, The World is built primarily using sand dredged from the sea. It was developed by Nakheel Properties and was originally conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.

Each island in the archipelago ranges from about 14,000 m² (150,000 square feet) to 42,000 m² (450,000 square feet). The distance between each island will be an average of 100 metres (328 feet). The entire development covers an area of 9 km in length and 6 km in width, surrounded by an oval breakwater. Roughly 232 km (144 miles) of shoreline has been created. The overall development cost of The World was estimated as 14 billion USD. As for the individual islands, prices range between 15 and 50 million USD. One island is still for sale at a price of 250 million USD.

The project was unveiled on 6 May 2003 by Sheikh Mohammed. Dredging began four months later in September 2003. By January 2008, 60% of the islands had been sold, 20 of which were bought in the first four months of 2007. On 10 January 2008, the final stone on the breakwater was laid, completing initial development. The next phase of the project is to hand over the individual islands to developers.

I just heard people we’re buying up countries that are represented by an island. The picture above is one of the island’s guest houses.

Tilt-Shift in Motion

Posted by Scott

It seems tilt-shift photography is getting rather popular of late, it’s been popping up everywhere. Keith Loutit has created these striking time-lapse movies using the tilt-shift effect. And if you just can’t get enough tilt-shift, now you can fake your way to T-S glory without having to rig up a bellows by following TUAW’s Photoshop lens blur guide (or you could just rig up a bellows).

Videos via Gizmodo

Benoit Pioulard – “Ragged Tint” video

Posted by Jakub

A mysterious and compelling video for a song from the mysterious and compelling Benoît Pioulard (the recording project of Thomas Meluch– we had his “Brown Bess” here on ISO50 blog earlier). “Ragged Tint” as a song hints a certain desperation beneath Meluch’s velvety purr of a voice, with its rapidly plucked chords and steady forward movement, and the video picks up on the underlying anxiety. A figure wanders through fields, comes upon a strange house, and unearths a magical box of some sort. Director Ryan Jeffery knows how to set the scene. – Pitchfork Media