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    Fire breaks out in new AOL Time Warner headquarters
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    April 8, 2003, 10:04 AM EDT

    A four-alarm fire early Tuesday damaged the new AOL Time Warner building under construction at Columbus Circle, officials said.

    About 170 firefighters battled the 12:37 a.m. blaze, on the fourth through seventh floors of 10 Columbus Circle, said Amanda Schmidt, a fire department spokeswoman.

    An elevator mechanic was treated at the scene for minor injuries, officials said. No other injuries were reported.

    The fire was placed under control at 2:35 a.m., officials said.

    The cause was under investigation, and the extent of the damage was not immediately known, Schmidt said.

    Spokesmen for AOL Time Warner and the developer, The Related Companies, did not immediately return calls for comment.

    Last September, four people were injured, one critically, when gusting winds blew a piece of plywood off the building.

    The 2.1 million-square-foot AOL complex will eventually become the media giant's new headquarters and the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as a hotel, a 191-unit residential development in two 80-story glass towers, a 504-space parking garage and a seven-level shopping mall.

    The groundbreaking ceremony for the $1.7 billion center took place in November 2000, and the complex is slated to begin opening next September.

    In 2002, the company lost $98.7 billion. Last summer, it also announced that it was under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department for transactions at America Online.

    Copyright © 2003, The Associated Press

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    in two 80-story glass towers

    Yeah, right.
    I understand that it's advertised as such towers, but journalists shouldn't be as liar as the people who sell the apartments.

    (Edited by Fabb at 1:47 pm on April 8, 2003)

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    Is the Columbus Circle renovation going on at all yet? *It doesn't seem like it. *

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    Quote: from Fabb on 1:46 pm on April 8, 2003
    in two 80-story glass towers

    Yeah, right.
    I understand that it's advertised as such towers, but journalists shouldn't be as liar as the people who sell the apartments.

    (Edited by Fabb at 1:47 pm on April 8, 2003)
    Yeah, but we all wish that they really were that height.

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    That building will sure add something to the New York skyline. Its a rather impressive building.

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    Meanwhile, AOL-Time Warner is suffering from financial difficulties. I don't know if this new building is an asset or a burden for the company.

    (Edited by Fabb at 4:11 pm on April 15, 2003)

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    Here is the larger view of this beautiful rendering by Neoscape.



    Rod MacLeod of Neoscape, Inc., rendered One Central Park, Sectional Perspective to help with sales and marketing. Other designers involved were Lon Grohs, Nils Norgren, Jeremy Siew, Evan Buxton, and Bob Quinn. MacLeod coordinated with three architects and the site developer to produce a series of renderings of One Central Park. He primarily used form•z from auto•des•sys, Discreet 3ds max, and Adobe Photoshop on both the Macintosh and PC platforms.

    \http://www.cadalyst.com/caddies/aec2003/macleod.html
    \http://www.neoscape.com/antarctica.html
    \http://nysr.com/nysr/catalog.cfm?des...mp;itemid=1931
    Neoscape also did the recently posted renderings for Bloomberg Tower.

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    What will be on the roof above the concert halls ? Tennis courts ? Swimming pool ?

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    I think it's meant to be an open deck for AOL employees, or something.

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    That's what great about the TWC. It's great inside and out. The interior is very modern.

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    Early this morning. The crown is sawtoothed on the east and west sides.

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    I was hoping the crowns would be more distinctive.

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    So was I.
    The crow is hardly a distinct part of the façade.

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    I suppose as the sun moves across the south, the panels will contrast light and shadow, but the effect will be missing from the north - and the park.

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