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Old 02-11-2014, 08:18 PM   #15
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Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger (Live at Royal Albert Hall)
Ernő Goldfinger (11 September 1902 – 15 November 1987) was a Hungarian-born architect and designer of furniture.. He moved to the United Kingdom in the 1930s, and became a key member of the architectural Modern Movement. He is most prominently remembered for designing residential tower blocks, some of which are now listed buildings..In an attempt to solve the huge shortage of housing in the country following World War II, in which nearly 4 million houses had been destroyed or damaged, the British Government began to see high-rise buildings as a solution, and Goldfinger rose to prominence in England as a designer of tower blocks..

Among his most notable buildings of the period were the 27-floor Balfron Tower and the adjacent eleven-storey Carradale House in the East End London Borough of Tower Hamlets, which served as models for the similar 31-floor Trellick Tower in North Kensington (started 1968, completed 1972). These 3 are notable examples of Brutalist architecture..Goldfinger was known as a humourless man given to notorious rages.. He sometimes fired his assistants if they were inappropriately jocular, and once forcibly ejected 2 prospective clients for imposing restrictions on his design..

A discussion about Ernő with Ursula Goldfinger's cousin on a golf course prompted Ian Fleming to name the James Bond adversary and villain Auric Goldfinger after Ernő. (Fleming had previously been among the objectors to the pre-war demolition of the cottages in Hampstead that were removed to make way for Goldfinger's house at 2 Willow Road.) Goldfinger consulted his lawyers when Goldfinger was published in 1959, which prompted Fleming to threaten to rename the character 'Goldprick', but eventually decided not to sue; Fleming's publishers agreed to pay his costs and gave him six free copies of the book..Goldfinger died on 15 November 1987, at the age of 85, and was cremated at the Golders Green Crematorium where his ashes remain..The area is noted especially for its large Jewish population as well as for being home to the largest Jewish Kosher hub in the UK which attracts many Jewish tourists..Weiss shop – 2/2a Golders Green Road (1935)..The name Golders comes from a family named Godyere who lived in the area and Green alludes to the manorial waste the settlement was built on..The earliest references to the name of the adjacent district of "Temple Fortune"...Ove Arup is considered to be among the foremost architectural structural engineers of his time..The RIBA Goldfinger Travel Scholarships have been awarded since 2002...'ve worked out a few statistics of my own.. 15 billion dollars in gold bullion weighs 10,500 tons.. Sixty men would take 12 days to load it onto 200 trucks.. Now, at the most, you're going to have 2 hours before the Army, Navy, Air Force,and Marines move in and make you put it back...
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