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Santiago de Chile has the tallest building in South America

Tuesday, February 28th 2012 - 17:37 UTC
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Santiago de Chile has the highest skyscraper in South America: the Gran Torre Costanera reached this condition when it surpassed the 300 metres height. The 107.125 square metres block has been designed by Chilean architects Alemparte, Barreda & Associates together with Pelli, Clarke, Pelli Architects, responsible for the Petrona Towers in Kuala Lampur. Read full article


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  • southerncross

    why don't say that Pelli is argentinean? and the tower was designed by pelli, that is the head master of pelli architects , the chileans architect only do the supervision of the work. get your facts right , why do mercopress never put reports about the continous protests in chile? in the last one they handle a banner saying “Argentina, adopt us”

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 12:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Luis V

    True! Unfortunately Mercopress seems to act more like 678 and less like the BBC...

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 07:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skinnyone77

    I think that the comments above are not in the right context of this news, my understanding is that Pelli Clark Pelli's prestigious firm has his HQ in New Heaven, CT, USA, there is not a single flag that states any country of origin, just that are very good in what they do. If there is something remarkable in south-america, I think that is good for everyone there, it may be a reason why that tower is there and not in other country, and they will use both, local constructors and professionals which is very good.
    If Argentinians are having issues with this project, they should contact Mr. Pelli directly and ask him questions instead of posting absurd comments that unfortunately shows very poor judgement in an important issue for themselves. Keep in mind that Mr. Pelli is a naturalized American since 1952, after that he is just another great architect in the world.

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 09:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Chilean perspective

    #1 Sotherncross.
    Why is it so important that the American architectural company be explained in such detail, who cares where its employees were born. Local architects in association with foreign companies have designed and built this tower. That's all.
    As for your ridiculous article on the protests in Aysen, you must be kidding. The people there would never want to be part of Argentina, get real.
    What you are seeing is Chilean democracy at work, our people do not let politicians get away with anything , they stand up for their rights (rightly or wrongly) they demand, complain and force the powers in charge to tackle the countries problems. This is why 3/4 of the reconstruction from the Earthquake/ tsunami has been completed, why education is being fixed, why our infrastructure is the best in Latin America, why there's little or no corruption.
    Our republic is being built over a solid foundation, built to last, there is no disagreement from either political party to the free market economic path that the republic is following . Ask the thousands of Argentines that come over here to shop, what they think. Your leaders should be following our lead like Peru has done.

    Feb 29th, 2012 - 11:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • southerncross

    thousando of mendoza people go tu buy to chile,
    1) they are closer to santiago than from bs as
    2) obviousley that the electronics in chile is cheaper lad
    coz are ALL IMPORTED, they don't do a SINGLE MACHINE, they don't make any car, they don't have factorys, Argentina was an industrial country , the military destroy it but now is coming back, we make the things we use and yes they are more expensive but with every machine that we make we gave jobs for our brothers, argentineans & south americans...don't forget half million of chilean people livin in argentina, and i can tell you by first hand in my university (the UBA) they are pleeenty of chilean students, but no a small number , really a looot of then, as of colombians, brazileans, paraguayans, peruvians, even mexicans, see? travel half away the world for free & quality superior education...things than you can't have in chile...
    argentinean people don't stand up for our rights? our union trades have real power, the workers are organizated and even have their own political party (and ain't talking about comunnists) argentinean basic salary is the highest in latin america, chile is doin right for the rich people, the millions of poor chileans don't have social movilization since allende in the 70's, you know what, in argentina we are very strange people and do a lot of shitty stuff but one thing that you can't complain of argentina is that every one here has a freakin job , no one starves to death, when you see the slums and shanty towns, believe it or not is that the people that is coming to work (from other countrys or northern argentina) is bigger than the capacity of integrate them, but they work and contribute to argentina, we are still a inmigration country
    and really, with all respect
    don't you read the news?
    crisis crisis crisis crisis!!!!
    man, don't be like that, latin america unity, togheter we are bigger than the US, desintegrated we are below Uzbekistan

    Mar 01st, 2012 - 03:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • kton

    Awesome, that is a Chilean structural engineering masterpiece.

    Mar 01st, 2012 - 03:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fido Dido

    Chile bought the free market based economy nonsense (neo-liberal) and that's why it has high trade deficits and doesn't produce anything else than copper, wine and exporting fruits to the US. 45% of GDP is depend on exports...and your main partners are the ones in trouble (EU and the US). When the price of copper is going down, Chile's economy shrinks faster, that vulnerable it is. Not my opinion, but a fact.

    “education is being fixed,”

    do you really believe that yourself? for your years they bragged how great it is and not long time ago it fell apart. Truth is, Chile never had a good educational system. You can see that on the numbers of engineers and doctors. It's a joke.

    “our infrastructure is the best in Latin America, why there's little or no corruption.”

    Your infrastructure is only good on paper. Chile is behind. Chile is as corrupt like many latin american nations and knows how to hide it.

    Chile is a developing nation that has a long way to go and more Chileans are living overseas than in Chile.

    Mar 01st, 2012 - 07:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skinnyone77

    Mr. Chilean Perspective
    Too much Chilean Kool-Aid Sr. What it should be said is “the corrupt oligarchy in action” thanks to an Economic System that was installed in an state of dictatorship, with no questions to the population at all. Thanks to that, Chile is an international example in how to make money from money. But that system is not perfect, is collapsing, watch UK and US, where the breach between social categories is growing because that. So Mr. Perspective, selling Lithium reserves is not helping Chile in the long run, is just putting money in the pockets of the ones in power now. Copper is volatile, but still feed the country, but again, is being leased to international corporations too, that is the system you want for Chile? Why not start thinking in producing other goods and change the flow of revenues to the people, so with that influx of money would generate that the education can be free as is in Argentina, so our students and all the others from other countries would stop going there to get educated. We like when Argentinians come to Chile to buy and to spend the Summer hey, why not for more?
    Why you don't agree with the protest in Aysen? don't you think that is enough that the Oligarchy took their land, they had been isolated socially and economically for years, just take a look the monstrosity of apartment building that is being build in Chiloe, in our National Patrimony. Take a minute and please review your facts Sr. Something is not going well there.

    Mar 01st, 2012 - 03:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Chilean perspective

    7 Fido Dido.
    Boy are you wrong. I hope you are not studying economics but instead music or the arts.
    1. Chile has a free market economic model, but it is still not free enough. The current administration has not moved fast enough with reforms. They have a lot on their plate right now with the reconstruction after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. I have faith they will, once they finish with the rebuilding. Please note the costs of the rebuilding have come out of savings and we have not borrowed.
    2. Trade deficits?? NO! In 2011 Chile exported US$80.5 billion and imported US$74.1 billion very good for tiny Chile since Arg exported only US$68.5 billion. Note Chile has 0% government debt in fact the country is a net creditor @1.7% of GDP.
    3. We do produce more than copper.. Copper accounts for only 14.4% of GDP (2009) and manufacturing industry is 12.7% of GDP.... I don't deny the importance of copper as an export earner it's 42% of exports (2008) and manufacturing 27.45% We are after all the worlds biggest producer and as a trading nation our economy is export driven not consumption/debt driven.
    4. Our exports go mainly to China, USA, Japan. and we import from USA, China, Brazil. Making China our largest trading partner.
    5. Chile never had a good education sys??? WRONG.. The best Chilean university ranks 153 rd in the world while the best Argentine one ranks a very low 326 th. The primary and secondary systems are free and the tertiary are free for 40% of the people now. They have pumped US$4 billion this year. It's not free for all, but why should a working man have to subsidize a better off Chilean who can pay for it? Things are definitely improving and they will continue to improve as there's so many students braking the governments balls almost daily.
    Finally corruption is the lowest in L.A. My cousin from America laughed when the lady at the car rental told him not to bribe the cops if pulled over 'cause a guy from Colombia had been arrested for it.

    Mar 02nd, 2012 - 12:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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