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Alsop Design given thumbs up by Shanghai mayor

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Alsop Design has been given the thumbs up by the mayor of Shanghai for this 250m-tall observation tower on the banks of the Huangpu River. Already dubbed the Shanghai Kiss, the structure will rotate once every four hours, giving visitors constantly changing views of the city as they travel up the tower's 'legs' in pods. The scheme will incorporate an 'urban entertainment complex' beneath the towers, including a Digital Showcase City promoting new technology. Engineered by Arup, it is hoped the Kiss will be open in time for the city's World Expo in 2010.

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