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Globalisation is seen to have a huge impact on cities all around the world. Especially so called Mega or Global Cities becoming more and more similar to each other. Advancement in technology and the global spread of ideas and architects have lead to the phenomena that similar forms, shapes and eventually buildings can be found in different places all around the world. City planners are confronted with an increasing homogenisation of architecture resulting in a lack of individual identity of these Global Cities. In order to prevent the loss of identity and to even promote the uniqueness of a City ‘Landmarks’ are gaining more and more importance for architects, places and people.

Historically a Landmark describes a geographical feature, that helps people to navigate through a particular territory. By identifying and relating the specific geographic feature to a place they know, they associate certain memories to it. These days the term Landmark is usually used to describe a specific architecture or building that people can easily relate to a certain place or city. These buildings are therefore linked to a certain memory or image that people have about a place. They represent the identity and sometimes even the values of the place and its people. The Statue of Liberty in New York, as such a Landmark, represents not only an extraordinary piece of architecture or aesthetic but it deeply incorporates the main idea and values of people from New York and the US as a whole. Having the same Landmark in Las Vegas or Odaiba can therefore not have the same effect, since these places are associated with different values and ideas. Landmark, incorporating the identity of places and people, can become more than just sole architecture, they become the icon and the symbol of the nation.

Also Tokyo/Japan has created a new Landmark, which is suppose the have a huge importance for the region. The new Landmark, The Sky Tree has three main purposes. The underlying reason why the tower was build is the transmission of digital terrestrial broadcasting. Since buildings in Tokyo, in particular Skyscrapers are getting increasingly higher every year the old Tokyo Tower has become to small to effectively send a broadcasting signal to every household. Six Japanese broadcasting Companies therefore joined forces and planned to build a higher tower: The Tokyo Sky Tree.

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Germany is the country with the most positive influence in the World. This surprising statement is the result of the BBC World Service Country Rating Poll that interviewed more than 28,000 people all around the world. Finally, after endless decades of Hitler and World War II associations it seems that Germany has successfully replaced its image of the “Dark Empire” with a new perception of positivity. People actually start believing that Germans are no longer the goose step walking, power seeking, heartless killing machines from 65 years ago. They have become the nice guys, that are always on time, produce good cars and have a weakness for good old Lederhosen and Wurst.

This marvellous image change is, of course, the result of many varying reasons. Germany for example has become one of the major “Make Love, Not War” nations on the planet, that tries to pacify the whole world whilst keeping its nose out of any possible trouble or conflict. Furthermore, Germany, different to its “evil” twin brother Japan, managed to make up with its neighbours. A close relationship with an avalanche of kisses and hugs like Sarkozy and Merkel are use to exchanging is probably quite unlikely for the leaders of China and Japan. And please don’t let us forget the most important gift that Germany gave to the World: Football! Not just the boring, traditional sport, but a whole new celebration of life, that was never be seen before. (more…)