Archinect - News 2017-05-23T06:56:25-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150004819/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-unveils-al-wasl-plaza-scheme-for-dubai-expo-2020 Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill unveils Al Wasl Plaza scheme for Dubai Expo 2020 Justine Testado 2017-04-26T20:07:00-04:00 >2017-04-26T20:11:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5p/5peqaazw2uorx67k.jpg" width="650" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After securing the commission in a fierce competition, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/51099/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a> revealed their design of the Al Wasl Plaza for the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. As the Expo's last major design element to be finalized, AS+GG's building will stand among other major pavilions designed by Foster + Partners, Grimshaw, BIG, and Santiago Calatrava's falcon-like <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944237/paulo-mendes-da-rocha-ultramoderne-and-wilton-s-music-hall-are-among-this-week-s-many-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UAE Pavilion</a>.&nbsp;Back <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85523503/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-wins-kazakhstan-astana-world-expo-2017-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2013</a>, AS+GG had the winning scheme for the 2017 Astana World Expo site.</p><p>According to the architects, Al Wasl Plaza is named after a historical reference to Dubai and also translates to &ldquo;connection&rdquo;, pertaining to the Expo's overall &ldquo;Connecting Minds, Creating the Future&rdquo; theme.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e2/e27rzu8fd5hpvv8c.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c6/c6vf146ly417ni89.jpg"></p><p>Al Wasl Plaza will be a central event hub at the heart of the&nbsp;4.38-square kilometer Expo site that is being <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88153937/dubai-chosen-for-world-expo-2020-with-hok-led-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">masterplanned by</a> HOK, Populous and Arup. It'll also connect the three sub-thematic districts, &ldquo;Opportunity&rdquo;, &ldquo;Sustainability&rdquo;, and &ldquo;Mobility&rdquo; &mdash; whose pavilions are being designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935801/sparc-grimshaw-big-foster-partners-and-mjma-are-among-this-week-s-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG, Grimshaw, and Foster + Partners</a>, r...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150001588/som-opens-a-new-office-in-dubai SOM opens a new office in Dubai Nicholas Korody 2017-04-05T18:59:00-04:00 >2017-04-05T19:03:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bf/bfqasqpfhldvkc44.jpg" width="650" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The architecture giant <a href="http://archinect.com/som" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill LLP (SOM)</a> has announced that they will open a new office in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/10250/dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai</a>, a move intended to further their presence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The office will be led by Thomas Behr, who will oversee all operations in the region, alongside Uwe Nienstedt, who will manage the office in Dubai. With a prime location on Sheik Zayed Road, the office will oversee current projects and put forward new project proposals.</p><p>While the office may be new, SOM has a long presence in the region. From designing the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/223781/burj-khalifa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burj Khalifa</a> in Dubai&mdash;the world&rsquo;s tallest building&mdash;to master planning Bahrain Bay in Manama, SOM has cultivated region-specific knowledge, whether in the form of energy conservation or in &ldquo;reflecting&rdquo; Islamic culture.</p><p>"Our new office allows SOM to build upon decades of experience in the Middle East. By establishing a formal presence in Dubai--an important business center for the region--we are better equipped to serve our local...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997710/oma-s-dubai-based-concrete-is-pretty-transparent OMA's Dubai-based "Concrete" is pretty transparent Julia Ingalls 2017-03-16T12:40:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T15:17:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yf/yf4215npfkbakrbp.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>By placing a semi-transparent facade onto a series of former industrial warehouses in Dubai, OMA has created an arts-oriented, multi-disclipinary space called "Concrete." The completed version doesn't quite match the firm's optimistic renderings (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935045/oma-releases-renderings-of-event-project-space-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in part because the concrete ameliorating foliage isn't present in these photos</a>) but one thing is certain: this is the first finished project of OMA's in Dubai, and Rem Koolhaas thinks that the design is very much of its place and time.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2r/2reck2545stcl411.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4d/4d32lj3e7r8nafev.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ge/ge8b5kdeiskxsm3e.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Dubai is one of the cities that has had a deep impact on our work, and I am very happy that this particular building is our first effort here," Rem said. "In Concrete, we are not introducing a new shape but instead were able to infiltrate an existing building with an arts institution. This building is totally produced in Dubai; it is not a foreign ideal, and that I think is significant.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t6/t6n51unr84ffg2v5.jpg"></p><p>The 600 square meter building's first art exhibition, "Syria: Into the Light," will be viewable until April 3rd.&nbsp;</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149996606/the-conspicuous-ethics-of-the-dubai-frame-opening-date-delayed-to-later-this-year The conspicuous ethics of the Dubai Frame, opening date delayed to later this year Justine Testado 2017-03-13T14:49:00-04:00 >2017-03-14T10:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0q/0qfoh6dzfi8vvsgy.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Raised as a monument to Dubai&rsquo;s aspirations as a center of international commerce, the Frame is now a physical manifestation of the crude system that erected it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Considering the already controversial nature of the Dubai Frame, The New York Times recently <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/business/dubai-frame-building-stolen-design.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published a piece</a> on the project in relation to the city's &ldquo;entrenched system [that notoriously] leaves outsiders vulnerable to mistreatment&nbsp;&mdash; from professionals sketching blueprints to construction workers laying foundations [...]&nbsp;a system in which kinship can outweigh contract terms&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kv/kvtoe0m6wo1np09s.jpg"></p><p>Based on the 2008-09 ThyssenKrupp&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winners_announced_for_thyssenkrupp_elevator_architecture_award_2008-2009" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition-winning design</a>&nbsp;by architect Fernando Donis, the 150-meter-tall Dubai Frame structure in Za'abeel Park has drawn plenty of opposition over the years, most notably from Donis himself.&nbsp;Donis&nbsp;filed a lawsuit against the Dubai Municipality for stealing the copyright to his design and for breaching the&nbsp;international UNESCO-UIA regulations from the competition. &ldquo;At the end they took it, built it and will profit from it, without having involved us nor paid us,&rdquo;&nbsp;Donis&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously told Archinect</a>&nbsp;in 2015.</p><p>After multiple delays, the opening date of the Dubai Frame was pushed bac...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992419/flying-cars-take-to-the-air-in-dubai Flying cars take to the air in Dubai Nicholas Korody 2017-02-16T16:59:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T17:03:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xw/xw9t6o43c1qgqgy6.jpg" width="650" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hot on the heels of announcing a new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149992185/the-uae-announces-plans-to-build-a-miniature-city-on-mars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">initiative</a> to build a miniature city on Mars, the Dubai government has unveiled the first successfully-tested Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV)&mdash;aka a flying car. Apparently, they will begin operations as early as July.</p><p>Manufactured by the Chinese company EHANG, the vehicle measures 3.9 m in length, 4.02 m in width, and 1.6 m in height. It&rsquo;s a one-seater that can carry a load of up to 100kgs. The &ldquo;flying car&rdquo; can fly for a maximum of 30 minutes at a crushing speed of 160 kph. The maximum cruising height is 3000 feet.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/dubai/dubai-to-test-flying-cars-this-july" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Khaleej Times</em></a>, the vehicles have no key ignition, but rather a touch screen where the rider puts in their destination. While the vehicle is auto-piloted, the trip is monitored via a command center.</p><p>Watch a video of it in action here:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992185/the-uae-announces-plans-to-build-a-miniature-city-on-mars The UAE announces plans to build a miniature city on Mars Nicholas Korody 2017-02-15T17:42:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T11:59:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s6/s6eixk7khddjtsur.jpg" width="650" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has announced intentions to build a &ldquo;miniature city&rdquo; on Mars within the next 100 years, reports <em><a href="http://www.arabianbusiness.com/uae-plans-build-mini-city-on-mars-by-2117-663448.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arabian Business</a></em>. Sheikh Mohammed, who also serves as the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, launched the project at the World Government Summit. Entitled the 2117 Mars project, the endeavor aims to develop scientific capabilities, and may result in the conversion of local universities into research facilities.</p><p>"There are no limits to the imagination and aspirations of human beings," Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.</p><p>Apparently, the UAE counts as one of the major investors in space travel. Back in November, Sheikh Mohammed approved the designs for a Mars probe, which should reach the planet by 2021. It will study changes in the planet&rsquo;s atmosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r6/r6xtxtzp4g2af95y.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0e/0ev6uw79rgxj5r95.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tr/trvtnauc2s6218zy.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977504/hyperloop-designs-by-big-revealed-for-dubai-featuring-autonomous-pods-and-city-wide-portals Hyperloop designs by BIG revealed for Dubai, featuring autonomous pods and city-wide portals Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-08T13:43:00-05:00 >2016-11-11T20:34:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bh/bh1odn71odpbf3zv.jpg" width="650" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Dubai is set on getting its own hyperloop, and the Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies), in collaboration with BIG, is champing at the bit to make that a reality.</p><p>The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has agreed to review Hyperloop One&rsquo;s feasibility study for a high-speed network throughout the United Arab Emirates, designed to get passengers between Dubai and Abu Dhabi (about an hour and a half apart by bus) in 12 minutes. BIG and consulting firm McKinsey &amp; Co. will work in collaboration with Hyperloop One on the proposal. In a separate agreement formed this past August, Hyperloop One also has plans with Dubai to develop a hyperloop network for cargo.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8b/8b68trtnie42trrx.jpg"></p><p>This step closer to a full-scale, working hyperloop (which Hyperloop One estimates will come to fruition in the next five years) comes after the company&rsquo;s dry run of its propulsion technology in the Nevada desert&mdash;part of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SpaceX&rsquo;s competition</a> to design the pods and run them on a smaller-scale test-track. No...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977505/zaha-hadid-architects-just-opened-a-new-office-in-dubai Zaha Hadid Architects just opened a new office in Dubai Nicholas Korody 2016-11-08T13:31:00-05:00 >2016-11-13T20:11:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vi/vipxj5yoeqpzzdq5.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With 16 projects currently in the works in the Middle East-North Africa region, it's not really a surprise that Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has just opened an office in the Dubai Design District. As stated in the press release, the firm has 30 years worth of experience working in the region.</p><p>"A recipient of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, ZHA marries concepts of connectivity with the tremendous advancements in design technologies, material development and construction practices," states ZHA.</p><p>"ZHA is working with the many diverse histories and cultures of the region to address important issues in a meaningful way - contributing to the development of more ecologically sustainable and integrated built environments."</p><p>For more recent news from ZHA, follow these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149976664/zaha-hadid-architects-to-design-new-stadium-for-the-forest-green-rovers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects to design new stadium for the Forest Green Rovers</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975808/but-always-with-zaha-s-dna" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"But always with Zaha&rsquo;s DNA"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975563/patrik-schumacher-lays-out-his-dreams-for-parametricism-2-0-post-zaha" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher lays out his dreams for 'Parametricism 2.0,' post-Zaha</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974974/take-a-tour-through-zaha-hadid-architects-winning-proposal-for-the-urban-heritage-administration-centre-in-saudi-arabia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a tour through Zaha Hadid Architects' win...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149973177/groundbreaking-for-calatrava-designed-dubai-tower-potentially-the-world-s-tallest-building Groundbreaking for Calatrava-designed Dubai Tower — (potentially) the world's tallest building Alexander Walter 2016-10-11T16:03:00-04:00 >2016-10-14T00:06:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/96/96b88db2326475eaf64018d069113513.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on Monday "broke ground" on the world&rsquo;s tallest tower &ndash; a structure that will define Expo 2020 as the Eiffel Tower defined Paris for its 1889 World Fair. "The new tower sets another challenge in the history of human architecture &ndash; a race the UAE deserves to lead," said Sheikh Mohammed [...]. The futuristic design, chosen by Sheikh Mohammed, was by Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a9/a986cbc5a1cb0e27cafa2f0e7ad1cc78.jpg"></p><p><em>Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Dubai's ruler, laying the foundation stone for the 'The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour' project on Monday. (Image: WAM)</em></p><p>The structure's final height has not yet been revealed &mdash; the 1km-high Kingdom Tower, currently under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is also reaching for the title of 'World's Tallest Building.'</p><p>The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960408/calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-tower-engineers-complete-wind-tests-and-seismic-studies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower: engineers complete wind tests and seismic studies</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939784/a-notch-taller-than-burj-khalifa-check-out-these-new-renderings-of-santiago-calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"A notch taller" than Burj Khalifa: check out these new renderings of Santiago Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960408/calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-tower-engineers-complete-wind-tests-and-seismic-studies Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower: engineers complete wind tests and seismic studies Alexander Walter 2016-07-28T14:05:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:13:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ez/ezerdi47j1mzhg5h.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] has completed advanced wind tunnel tests on The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which is set to be 100 metres taller than the 828-metre Burj Khalifa when complete. Emaar said the wind tests were crucial in defining the final height and design aspects, while the project&rsquo;s Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls added that they "were an important component in the structural design stage, and we have deployed innovative engineering techniques to confirm the strength of the new icon".</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939784/a-notch-taller-than-burj-khalifa-check-out-these-new-renderings-of-santiago-calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"A notch taller" than Burj Khalifa: check out these new renderings of Santiago Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960169/renderings-of-the-dubai-steps-revealed Renderings of the Dubai Steps revealed Julia Ingalls 2016-07-27T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-08-29T07:50:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p2/p2wjphhyq299kb36.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Five hundred steps, 25 stories, and 100 meters of height make up the Dubai Steps, as well as what appears to be a steely reflective outer casing with circular perforations. An aesthetic cross between the spinal column of a terminator and the euphoric ascendance of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947764/a-video-tour-of-mvrdv-s-the-stairs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV's Rotterdam stair</a> installation, the Dubai Steps appear to terminate in a large open-air platform from which climbers can take in the rapid development of the desert city that surrounds them.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6r/6rq49eg031i272ab.jpg"></p><p>Elaborately patterned lattices host vegetation and what appear to be shaded alcoves on each landing, which should hopefully mitigate what will undoubtedly be a physically exhausting climb in one of the world's hottest climates. It's prime real estate for bottled water vendors...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dg/dg4xb3xm2cr06pp3.jpg"></p><p>Dubai's latest design additions:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect speaks to designer of controversial Dubai Frame project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935045/oma-releases-renderings-of-event-project-space-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA releases renderings of event + project space in Dubai</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149947412/earth-s-first-3d-printed-office-created-in-17-days-for-half-the-labor-cost Earth's first 3D printed office created in 17 days for half the labor cost Julia Ingalls 2016-05-25T12:36:00-04:00 >2016-06-01T01:14:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/47/47e34aeari4hsu7t.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A very large 3D printer measuring 20 x 120 x 40 ft (6 x 36 x 12 m) did most of the work, printing the building by extruding a cement mixture layer by layer, in a similar method by which WinSun's 3D-printed homes were made (WinSun is involved in this project too). There were also some additional smaller mobile 3D-printers used too, however. It took 17 days to print the basic building, but it then required finishing both internally and externally.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How many people does it take to 3D print an office? Well, according to <a href="http://m.arabianbusiness.com/dubai-ruler-unveils-world-s-first-3d-printed-office-632747.html#.V0Uzk_l9670" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arabian Business</a>, "The labour involved in the printing process included one staff to monitor the function of the printer, in addition to a group of seven people to install the building components on site as well as a team of 10 electricians and specialists to take care of the mechanical and electrical engineering." Also: the building was completed in 17 days, and saved 50% on labor costs when compared to traditional built projects of a similar size.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8v/8v3ygmz9mqq6w5rz.jpg"></p><p>Located in Dubai's Emirates Towers complex, the 250 square meter office was installed on &nbsp;its site in two days.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vc/vchn7ip5qu5lowsv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/63/636bqa72z9237tz0.jpg"></p><p>For more on innovations in large-scale 3D printing:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129807944/amsterdam-could-get-a-new-3d-printed-bridge-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam could get a new 3D-printed bridge built by robots</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144582510/3d-printing-will-recreate-destroyed-palmyra-arch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing will recreate destroyed Palmyra arch</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121663958/the-future-of-3d-printing-will-be-neoclassical-villas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The future of 3D printing will be...neoclassical villas?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943500/the-uae-might-build-an-artificial-mountain-to-increase-rainfall The UAE might build an artificial mountain to increase rainfall Nicholas Korody 2016-05-03T15:03:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:38:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m3/m3g95kv86dqy3rqs.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The UAE is currently in the first stage of a man-made mountain development project as the country mulls different approaches to maximising rainfall. Experts from the US-based University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) are in the &ldquo;detailed modelling study&rdquo; phase, as per NCAR scientist and lead researcher Roelof Bruintjes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more attempts to geoengineer our way out of eco-trouble, check out some past articles:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project" target="_blank">New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107197418/scientists-propose-using-lasers-to-fight-global-warming" target="_blank">Scientists Propose Using Lasers to Fight Global Warming</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109118485/can-cloud-seeding-clear-singapore-s-skies" target="_blank">Can cloud-seeding clear Singapore's skies?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124816981/could-scientists-engineer-synthetic-organisms-to-stop-climate-change" target="_blank">Could scientists engineer synthetic organisms to stop climate change?</a></li></ul><p>Also, this:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139829407/unchecked-climate-change-will-make-the-gulf-uninhabitable-claims-new-study" target="_blank">Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941612/zaha-hadid-architects-to-continue-under-patrik-schumacher-s-leadership Zaha Hadid Architects to continue under Patrik Schumacher's leadership Julia Ingalls 2016-04-20T17:30:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:20:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/l5/l5fdlq0vj7vsr1i8.jpg" width="650" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Zaha Hadid Architects issued a formal <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/2016/04/18/10338/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> announcing that the firm will continue to move forward, with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/128885228/op-ed-beyond-stars-icons-and-much-more-by-patrik-schumacher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher</a> acting as de facto leader.&nbsp;In addition to finishing the 36 projects they had started or had under contract before <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937411/zaha-hadid-dies-at-age-65" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Hadid died</a> on March 31st, <a href="http://archinect.com/zaha-hadid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA</a> will also be taking on new work. According to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/21/arts/design/grieving-and-going-forward-how-zaha-hadids-firm-plans-to-moveon.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New York Times</a>, in addition to opening new offices in Mexico City and Dubai, the firm "also hopes to push further into aviation, having won a contract for a new airport in Beijing." In tomorrow's episode of <a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>,&nbsp;Schumacher will share his personal and professional reflections on Hadid's legacy, and elaborate on how he'll carry Hadid's "DNA" and his&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/29553480/safavid-surfaces-and-parametricism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">p</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/29553480/safavid-surfaces-and-parametricism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">arametricist</a>&nbsp;ideas into new arenas.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/11/112j4s8gzoylq9nn.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;We want to tell the world that we&rsquo;re still a viable, vibrant address for major work of cultural importance," Schumacher told the NYT.&nbsp;&ldquo;My ambition is to become more visible as a leader of the field to clients."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u5/u5a1p433bp81m4lz.jpg"></p><p>He also stated that he wants to continue moving forward on ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149939784/a-notch-taller-than-burj-khalifa-check-out-these-new-renderings-of-santiago-calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-tower "A notch taller" than Burj Khalifa: check out these new renderings of Santiago Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower Alexander Walter 2016-04-11T19:35:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T01:16:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jj/jj5j5wj8fk3b8ujy.jpg" width="650" height="549" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Back in February, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava was announced</a> the winner of the&nbsp;competition to design an observation tower for the massive Dubai Creek Harbor development: a showstopping (it's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/10250/dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai</a> after all) megatall and superslender observation tower, soon to be "<a href="http://bustler.net/news/4686/santiago-calatrava-soars-over-competition-with-winning-dubai-tower-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">as great as the Burj Khalifa and the Eiffel Tower</a>."</p><p>Now the&nbsp;project's developer, Emaar Properties, has revealed further details about the design and released new fancy renderings to gaze at.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/12/126ig0g342oiu6up.jpg"></p><p>"The design has clear reference to the classic art from the past and the culture of the place while serving as a great technological achievement," said Santiago Calatrava about his competition winner. "In my whole career, I have perceived technology as a vehicle to beauty and to art. This project envisages an artistic achievement in itself, inspired by the idea of welcoming people, not only from Dubai and the UAE, but from the entire world. It is a symbol of an abiding belief in progress."</p><p>Asked about the final height of the ambitious structure, Em...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935045/oma-releases-renderings-of-event-project-space-in-dubai OMA releases renderings of event + project space in Dubai Julia Ingalls 2016-03-16T14:09:00-04:00 >2016-03-16T21:06:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rf/rfyspfvjnb1oqo33.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai's desire to become a (tasteful)</a> global cultural center is gaining further traction with an <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/382/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>-designed events and project space for local art-scene hub Alserkal Avenue. The 1,000 square meter gallery features four movable walls which can either rotate or slide within a flexible floor plan, and a set of transparent sliding entry doors that are designed to erase the boundary between inside and out (and visually connect the space to the exterior, plant-laden public square). A customized concrete spray will cover the exterior walls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gp/gppofscrkyld68nu.jpg"></p><p>This visual continuity echoes Alserkal Avenue Director&nbsp;Vilma Jurkute's&nbsp;hope that the space will "facilitate a closer dialogue between east and west while strengthening the infrastructure for the arts locally.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/du/dum2e64ebmjvnofj.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai Justine Testado 2016-02-09T18:52:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T23:19:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5o/5opdwim0dtd1yi8i.jpg" width="650" height="1219" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Santiago Calatrava won the competition to design an observation tower for the Dubai Creek Harbor development in the city...Calatrava's winning design was met with approval this past weekend from Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the [UAE] and Ruler of Dubai. 'This architectural wonder will be as great as the Burj Khalifa and the Eiffel Tower,' he commented on Calatrava's proposal.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pp/ppwcvrrfoapld3id.jpg"></p><p>Thoughts?</p><p>You can also find more images of the project&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/santiago_calatrava_wins_dubai_creek_harbor_tower/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147271957/taking-your-pad-for-a-spin-dubai-s-rotating-tower-proposal-is-back Taking your pad for a spin: Dubai's rotating tower proposal is back Alexander Walter 2016-02-03T14:20:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T06:06:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j3/j33o2adg1qj61l7f.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An 80-storey &lsquo;Dynamic Tower&rsquo; will be standing in Dubai by 2020 is everything goes to plan, architectural firm Dynamic Group has told us. When built it will be the world&rsquo;s first skyscraper consisting of separate rotating floors attached to a central column, and inside there will be luxury apartments (natch). If you&rsquo;re wondering what a rotating skyscraper actually is, it&rsquo;s very much as the name suggests.&nbsp;[...] control the rotation speed and direction of their apartment through&nbsp;voice activation.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Proposed back in 2008 by architect David Fisher, the tower aims to be 420m tall, which would make it the second tallest building in Dubai, as well as the second tallest residential tower in the world behind New York&rsquo;s 432 Park Avenue (which stands at 425.5m)."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sl/slexlnojr629rl4a.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146657627/what-s-new-in-dubai-shipping-a-gigantic-floating-swimming-pool-deck-over-all-the-way-from-finland" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What's new in Dubai: shipping a gigantic floating swimming pool deck over all the way from Finland</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect speaks to designer of controversial Dubai Frame project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139829407/unchecked-climate-change-will-make-the-gulf-uninhabitable-claims-new-study" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146657627/what-s-new-in-dubai-shipping-a-gigantic-floating-swimming-pool-deck-over-all-the-way-from-finland What's new in Dubai: shipping a gigantic floating swimming pool deck over all the way from Finland Alexander Walter 2016-01-26T13:56:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T08:45:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3a/3ays8b689y0bo2c8.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai&rsquo;s iconic sail-shaped hotel, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, is about to undergo a dramatic expansion of its footprint with the addition of a huge deck extending out over the waters of the Gulf. In what&rsquo;s being called a &ldquo;world first&rdquo; in marine design and engineering, the so-called North Deck has been manufactured at a shipyard in Finland and is now undergoing an 8,000-nautical-mile journey by ship, in six sections.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect speaks to designer of controversial Dubai Frame project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144962616/after-massive-dubai-skyscraper-blaze-experts-concerned-about-towers-built-before-2012-with-highly-flammable-exterior-cladding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After massive Dubai skyscraper blaze, experts concerned about towers built before 2012 with 'highly flammable exterior cladding'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139829407/unchecked-climate-change-will-make-the-gulf-uninhabitable-claims-new-study" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/144962616/after-massive-dubai-skyscraper-blaze-experts-concerned-about-towers-built-before-2012-with-highly-flammable-exterior-cladding After massive Dubai skyscraper blaze, experts concerned about towers built before 2012 with 'highly flammable exterior cladding' Alexander Walter 2016-01-04T13:58:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T21:59:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uk/ukvdbm5u30ego2zq.jpg" width="620" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The companies that made and installed the exterior panels on The Address Downtown Dubai hotel say that most of the towers built in the city prior to 2012 used non-fire-rated exterior cladding. The disclosure comes as investigators probe the causes of the spectacular blaze [...] on New Year&rsquo;s Eve. An investigation by The National into the origins and specification of the exterior panels used on the building raises serious questions over the fire safety of hundreds of buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140899262/flying-firefighters-the-jetpack-is-quickly-becoming-a-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flying firefighters: the jetpack is quickly becoming a reality</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121508911/the-troubles-of-evacuating-one-of-the-world-s-tallest-residential-buildings-during-a-fire" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The troubles of evacuating one of the world's tallest residential buildings during a fire</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72353499/fire-fears-for-gulf-s-high-rise-blocks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fire fears for Gulf's high-rise blocks</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/143590227/archinect-speaks-to-designer-of-controversial-dubai-frame-project Archinect speaks to designer of controversial Dubai Frame project Julia Ingalls 2015-12-17T12:55:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T00:07:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1x/1xe87mslukqkp0ps.jpg" width="650" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whatever you think of the initial "Tall Emblematic Structure in Dubai" prompt, there's no doubt that some fairly significant changes were made to Fernando Donis' winning design for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142974640/controversial-dubai-frame-to-open-this-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Frame</a> and the actual monument as it is being constructed. As Archinect commenter <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/1906872/donna-sink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a> noted, "The proposal shows the frame section being an extruded square. The project being built has angled mitered corners. Angled mitered corners recall the traditional shape of a picture frame, and mitered corners are not Modern. In something as simple as this, changing the corner connection completely changes the cultural resonance of the form.&nbsp;In short, the designer is right to be pissed."</p><p>Archinect had the opportunity to speak directly with designer Fernando Donis about how he ultimately didn't get paid for his work due to a fraught contract signing process, his open letter to Dubai Municipality,&nbsp;and his advice to architects thinking about entering future open design competitions.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Archinect:</strong>&nbsp;What happe...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142974640/controversial-dubai-frame-to-open-this-month Controversial Dubai Frame to open this month Julia Ingalls 2015-12-09T13:33:00-05:00 >2016-06-18T10:16:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2p/2p0oh30rohwy8woo.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The project is being transformed from being non-figurative architecture to an overscale figurative photo-frame. That is, from being a modern, public monument to a postmodern pastiche,&rdquo; [competition-winning architect Fernando] Donis wrote in an open letter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Described by an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winners_announced_for_thyssenkrupp_elevator_architecture_award_2008-2009/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">internet commenter</a> as "the St. Louis Arch minus the beauty or finesse," the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73096184/the-dubai-frame-is-becoming-a-reality-to-be-complete-end-of-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Frame project</a> is scheduled to open this month to the public. The somewhat controversial monument, which has not only attracted a scathing load of public commentary but an objecting open letter from the architect who initially designed it, will quite literally frame views of both the old and new Dubai skylines. The $43.5 million rectangular wonder isn't just for viewing from afar; visitors will be able to access a sky bridge inlaid with a 25 square meter glass panel.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/a2/a2ijx09w7arghqlo.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140899262/flying-firefighters-the-jetpack-is-quickly-becoming-a-reality Flying firefighters: the jetpack is quickly becoming a reality Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T22:18:00-05:00 >2015-11-12T12:45:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1e/1erj4qugxg2027ay.jpg" width="650" height="559" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the near-future, Dubai Civil Defence officers may be zooming in on to the scene of building fires using futuristic personal jetpacks. Designed by New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company, the jet-packs can be operated by a single pilot for 30 minutes at ranges of between 30 and 50 kilometres at altitudes of up to 3,000 feet. The pilot stands on a platform in a 'pilot module' between two propeller engines, which look like large versions of those commonly found on civilian drones.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/in/inff896nw7hk2jjw.jpg"><br><br>I'm not sure when or how it happened, but apparently jet packs are a real thing now.&nbsp;On Tuesday, the Dubai Civil Defense service signed a deal with Martin Aircraft for the future delivery of jetpacks, training material, and spare parts. Dubai's towering skyline necessitates a degree of vertical mobility in its emergency respondents. Equipped with jetpacks, firefighters can rapidly rescue people stranded near the top of a building if an emergency renders the elevators inoperable (as they tend to do).&nbsp;<br><br>And then last week, the US Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration let an Australian named David Mayman fly around the Statue of Liberty with a jetpack made by Jetpack Aviation. According to a <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2015/11/11/man-jetpack-flies-around-statue-liberty/75570734/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a>, this satisfied Mayman's dream to become a "real life Ironman" (which is a bit odd, because I'm pretty sure Elon Musk already called dibs on that).<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/m0/m0olp5j4toi2mwxv.gif"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/gm/gm085moxcgqyba0z.gif"><br><br>In any case, the videos are really fun and the technology is obviously quite interesting, with a lot of possible applications. The articl...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139829407/unchecked-climate-change-will-make-the-gulf-uninhabitable-claims-new-study Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study Nicholas Korody 2015-10-26T21:03:00-04:00 >2015-10-27T08:04:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0a/0alhzradf9urmvbt.jpg" width="650" height="483" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Gulf in the Middle East, the heartland of the global oil industry, will suffer heatwaves beyond the limit of human survival if climate change is unchecked, according to a new scientific study. The extreme heatwaves will affect Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha and coastal cities in Iran as well as posing a deadly threat to millions of Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, when the religious festival falls in the summer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The study shows the extreme heatwaves, more intense than anything ever experienced on Earth, would kick in after 2070 and that the hottest days of today would by then be a near-daily occurrence."<br><br><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129327717/luxury-anthropocene-dubai-gets-its-first-private-floating-islands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands</a></li><li><a title="It's only August but humans have already consumed a year's worth of resources" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134267895/it-s-only-august-but-humans-have-already-consumed-a-year-s-worth-of-resources" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's only August but humans have already consumed a year's worth of resources</a></li><li><a title="The climate is getting hotter, and we're not doing nearly enough" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138435289/the-climate-is-getting-hotter-and-we-re-not-doing-nearly-enough" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The climate is getting hotter, and we're not doing nearly enough</a></li><li><a title="Scientists Propose Using Lasers to Fight Global Warming" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107197418/scientists-propose-using-lasers-to-fight-global-warming" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scientists Propose Using Lasers to Fight Global Warming</a><br>&nbsp;</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138878309/rainforest-in-the-desert-this-new-dubai-tower-will-have-one-oh-and-an-artificial-beach-too Rainforest in the desert? This new Dubai tower will have one. Oh, and an artificial beach, too. Alexander Walter 2015-10-13T13:39:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:40:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8g/8ga523l0z8j90o98.jpg" width="650" height="564" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai, the city of superlatives, is set to get a new tower on Sheikh Zayed Road that will have an artificial beach and a rainforest-like landscape development on top of the tower's podium. [...] The project consists of two towers, 47 storeys high with a combined five-storey podium and two basement levels, that will house the facilities. [...] Kieferle &amp; Partner is the architect.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A few images of the two-tower development via ZAS Group's&nbsp;<a href="http://zasa.com/project/view/rosemont-five-star-hotel-residences/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>, the lead consultant on the project:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x8/x8fg4fcbkrd7o4uj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/we/werfy44xwn3s46fg.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/je/jeng33g1uk2gvc4m.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qa/qaq9fg3yhpsxjwqg.jpg"></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136423349/first-design-of-burj-2020-unveiled-dubai-s-shiny-new-supertall-tower-by-adrian-smith-gordon-gill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First design of Burj 2020 unveiled, Dubai's shiny, new supertall tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129327717/luxury-anthropocene-dubai-gets-its-first-private-floating-islands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127710267/race-to-build-dubai-s-second-tallest-tower-heats-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Race to build Dubai's second tallest tower heats up</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136423349/first-design-of-burj-2020-unveiled-dubai-s-shiny-new-supertall-tower-by-adrian-smith-gordon-gill First design of Burj 2020 unveiled, Dubai's shiny, new supertall tower by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Alexander Walter 2015-09-11T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-12T18:38:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/84/84768d6011d41424389b8e0832ce8a76.jpg" width="650" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A&nbsp;masterplan has been unveiled for the Burj 2020 District, an upcoming megaproject set to include a skyscraper dubbed &lsquo;the diamond of Dubai&rsquo; [...] The centerpiece of the district, the Burj 2020 tower, will be designed by Adrian Smith and Gordin Gill (AS + GG), the architects behind the Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The demand that will be registering will dictate the exact height of the tower, but at the highest, it might go 700 plus," the Executive Chairman of the&nbsp;Dubai Multi Commodities Centre,&nbsp;Ahmed Bin Sulayem, was quoted saying. "We are looking at a supertall tower, and we are looking at having one of the world&rsquo;s highest viewing decks which will offer 360 degree experience." Of course, we didn't expect anything less than that.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129882706/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-selected-to-design-burj-2020-the-world-s-tallest-commerical-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill selected to design Burj 2020, the world's tallest commerical tower</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136360737/drones-for-good-the-uae-s-million-dollar-drone-competition Drones for Good: the UAE's million-dollar drone competition Nicholas Korody 2015-09-10T18:58:00-04:00 >2015-09-10T18:58:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hz/hzql540hgjwlpn63.jpg" width="650" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...From seemingly out of nowhere, a large quad-rotor drone drops out the cloudless sky over Dubai Internet City, hovering insect-like just above the heads of the men, watching them with camera-eyes. Before they can even notice, a squad of policemen &ndash; wearing helmets, body armour, and carrying assault rifles &ndash; rush them... Welcome to Dubai, and to one of the more awkward moments of an already odd competition called Drones For Good. We&rsquo;re here to watch teams compete for a million-dollar prize...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/135106622/oklahoma-university-architecture-dean-apologizes-for-wearing-clothing-associated-with-islam Oklahoma University Architecture Dean apologizes for wearing clothing "associated with Islam" Nicholas Korody 2015-08-25T13:09:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T18:53:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ss/ssxd8gpi19fsd8gw.jpg" width="650" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The dean of OU's College of Architecture issued an apology Monday for wearing clothing associated with Islam at a back-to-school meeting. A photo on the College of Architecture's Facebook page that has since been deleted showed Dean Charles Graham wearing a white thawb and a red keffiyeh on his head at the meeting on Aug. 20.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his apology (posted below), Dean Graham wrote, "I asked a number of my Muslim friends around the campus and in Norman to see if my wearing the attire would be offensive in any religious way, and the answers were all resoundingly 'no.'" Still, his sartorial choice was controversial enough to generate three or four complaints to the president's office.</p><p>The University of Oklahoma maintains a study abroad program in Dubai focusing on building design and construction. In his apology, Dean Graham states he purchased the clothing during a visit there.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w6iew15cbsl7b4ht.jpg"></p><p>As Dean Graham correctly notes in his letter, the keffiyeh and thawb are not specifically religious, but&nbsp;rather everyday attire in much of&nbsp;the Middle East, particularly the Arabia peninsula and the Levant. He compares the use of this clothing to "what my Scottish ancestors and family who wear kilts currently do," and to Texans wearing cowboy boots and hats.</p><p>Dean Graham contends he "tried to use the time I wore the attire as an educational exe...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129882706/adrian-smith-gordon-gill-selected-to-design-burj-2020-the-world-s-tallest-commerical-tower Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill selected to design Burj 2020, the world's tallest commerical tower Alexander Walter 2015-06-18T18:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T16:24:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/te/tekcoq6q5t7s7o22.jpg" width="650" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tall buildings specialist Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS + GG) has been chosen by the master developer of Dubai&rsquo;s Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) district to design the Burj 2020 tower - set to be the world&rsquo;s tallest commercial tower. [...] The Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ranks New York&rsquo;s One World Trade Center as the world&rsquo;s tallest commercial tower, at 541 metres. The height of Burj 2020 is yet to be revealed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/129788605/photographer-captures-the-landscapes-of-the-middle-east-s-brutal-building-sites Photographer captures the landscapes of the Middle East's 'brutal building sites' Nicholas Korody 2015-06-17T13:37:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:21:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xl/xlwjq5punhdyerd0.jpg" width="650" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When most people think of the Arabian peninsula, they think of the opulent man-made islands of Dubai and that city&rsquo;s sparking, futuristic towers... But with his series Crossings, Arko Datto&nbsp;shifts the attention to the millions of migrant workers from throughout Asia who are building these structures. Datto used Google Maps and Google Earth to capture the vast highways, sprawling&nbsp;landscapes, and grand projects that laborers have built under conditions that border on slavery.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;The work deals with the issue in a fairly abstract/tangential way,&rdquo; Datto told Wired Magazine. &ldquo;The total lack of human presence in the images is symbolic of the anonymity, facelessness, and lack of representation that the migrant workers suffer.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nz/nzr0tk3bma5jstq3.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pg/pg2lmyizpizkyx9s.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/we/we83cipchdg1t00t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/acz7qew3iaghvn4f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wo/wo1yev3sglo27bce.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avxa4pi6878ez1de.jpg"></p>