Archinect - News 2015-03-29T00:38:11-04:00 Rem praises Dubai for its sophistication Nicholas Korody 2015-03-18T17:07:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:32:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Rem Koolhaas] addressed a packed auditorium at the American University of Sharjah on Tuesday..."Dubai has escaped from its architectural caricatures,&rdquo; Mr Koolhaas said... [He] had a positive outlook on the region despite recent upheaval and said that it provided the opportunity for the dawn of something new. He also praised the involvement of the country&rsquo;s rulers and the freedom they have given to designers to transform the landscape of the region.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Dubai unveils plans for its flashy Museum of the Future Alexander Walter 2015-03-06T14:20:00-05:00 >2015-03-06T14:29:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai continues to treat city planning like a simulation game with the cheats turned on, unveiling its latest architectural wonder: the&nbsp;Museum of the Future.&nbsp;The building is set to open in 2017, and while we're not quite sure how to describe its shape (a lopsided torus? An aerodynamic donut?) it serves an interesting dual purpose as both museum and research lab.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The troubles of evacuating one of the world's tallest residential buildings during a fire Alexander Walter 2015-02-24T13:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-24T19:21:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents affected by the fire that broke out in The Torch tower in Dubai Marina at the weekend have been moved to a nearby hotel while the extent of the damage is assessed. [...] More than 1,000 people fled after a fire broke out at around 2am on Saturday in one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. [...] The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A return to regional style or just gimmicky? Dubai unveils 'Aladdin City' Alexander Walter 2015-02-12T15:16:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:25:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction work on 'Aladdin City', a project inspired by the tales of Aladdin and Sindbad, will start next year, Dubai Municipality chief told Emirates 24|7. [...] The project, which was announced in April 2014, will have three towers, comprising commercial and hotel space, with the towers spread over a distance of 450 metres on Dubai Creek. The total cost has not been revealed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Dubai planning the world's biggest shopping mall Alexander Walter 2014-07-09T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:03:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai is already home to the biggest shopping mall in the world, but that apparently isn't enough. The emirate is planning an even bigger mall, one so massive it's already being described as a temperature-controlled city. It's going to be called Mall of the World, and will stretch for 48 million square feet. The plan may seem curious to Americans watching their neighborhood shopping malls start to fade.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Is Dubai the future of cities? Archinect 2013-12-09T20:39:00-05:00 >2014-06-30T16:01:09-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="737" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To its critics&mdash;and even many of its fans&mdash;&ldquo;culture&rdquo; and &ldquo;Dubai&rdquo; barely belong in the same sentence. The city is perhaps the world&rsquo;s most extreme example of a business-first, built-from-the-sand boomtown. But Shoufani and her fellow Poeticians have become a prime exhibit in a debate that has broken out with renewed vigor in the Arab world and among urban theorists worldwide...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Dubai chosen for World Expo 2020 with HOK-led master plan Justine Testado 2013-12-05T18:48:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T20:13:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai won the bid to host the World Expo 2020, being the first Middle Eastern city selected in the Expo's 160-year history. HOK, in partnership with Populous and Arup, led the design team that developed the master plan, themed "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future." Their proposal won against those from Brazil, Russia, and Turkey. The 1,082-acre (438-hectare) Expo site is equidistant from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, next to the new Al Maktoum International Airport and near the Jebel Ali Port.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images: HOK</em></p> Launch event tonight! "Shaping the City" refreshes case studies of contemporary urbanism Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-11-01T18:52:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T21:59:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Drop by Hollywood&rsquo;s finest art and architecture bookstore, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hennessey + Ingalls</a>, tonight for a special event launching <em>Shaping the City</em>, a newly revised edition of contemporary urbanism case studies. The event will also feature a conversation with University of Toronto&rsquo;s Director of Urban Design, and <em>Shaping the City</em>&rsquo;s editor, <strong>Rodolphe el-Khoury</strong>, along with <strong>Qingyun Ma</strong>, Dean of USC School of Architecture. The conversation will also include <em>Shaping the City</em> contributors <strong>Teddy Cruz</strong>, <strong>Victor J. Jones</strong>, and <strong>Paulette Singley</strong>.</p> <p> Archinect picked the brains of el-Khoury and Singley before the launch, here&rsquo;s some tidbits:</p> <p> <strong>Archinect:&nbsp;</strong>What was your contribution to <em>Shaping the City</em>?</p> <p> <strong>Rodolphe el-Khoury</strong>: [Co-author Edward Robbins and I] conceived <em>Shaping the City</em> as a potential textbook that would sample aspects of the city without imposing an overarching conceptual framework on the complex and varied manifestations of urban forms and phenomena.</p> <p> <strong>Paulette Singley</strong>: "Los Angeles: Between Cognit...</p> Hey Middle East: Enough With the Regional Architectural Clichés, Already Orhan Ayyüce 2013-08-18T12:44:00-04:00 >2013-08-21T05:19:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many of these references are to natural phenomena: the wind-blown sand dunes of the desert or the sanctuary of an oasis; others refer to a way of life seemingly passing beyond recall: the dhows used for trade and pearl diving, or the tents of the nomadic Bedouins.</p></em><br /><br /><p> It is like the new expression of Orientalism. Middle East architecture is defined by few limited metaphors by Western architects who are really looking East to fulfill their payroll obligations.</p> Cayan Tower, world's highest twisted tower, opens in Dubai Archinect 2013-06-18T11:26:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T11:26:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai ceremony marks inauguration of world's highest twisted tower. Saudi developer Cayan inaugurated late Monday the opening of the 73-story, one-thousand-and-seventeen-foot (310-meter) tall Cayan Tower in Dubai's prestigious Marina district.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Inspired by the structure of human DNA, each floor of the 272-million-U.S.-dollar (1 billion-Dirham) tower is rotated by one-point-two degrees to achieve the full 90-degree spiral, creating the shape of a helix.</p> <p> Dignitaries from diplomatic corps and Corporate Dubai joined the celebrations which closed in a gigantic fireworks display across Dubai's new tower and the Marina night-skyline.</p> <p> The emirate of Dubai also harbors the world's tallest hotel, the near one-thousand-two-hundred- foot (354.7-meter) tall J.W. Marriott Marquis.</p> <p> There's also the world's tallest residential tower, the Princess Tower reaching over one-thousand-three-hundred-feet (414 meters), a five-minute walk away from the twisted tower.</p> <p> Cayan Projects, estimated to be worth around 2.7 billion dollars (10-billion Saudi riyal) cover a wide spectrum of developments from exclusive residential to commercial projects.</p> Baharash Architecture Wins Dubai Sustainable City Project Alexander Walter 2013-06-12T19:17:00-04:00 >2013-06-13T13:48:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Emerging London-based firm Baharash Architecture has been selected to design phase 2 of the 46-hectar Dubai Sustainable City development. The practice is set to open an office in Dubai following the victory against international anonymous teams from the United States, Lebanon, Jordan, UK, and UAE.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Dubai Frame is becoming a reality, to be complete end of 2014 Archinect 2013-05-13T14:47:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:08:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lootah said the project is a complete glass, transparent structure resembling a huge window frame intended to highlight the attractions of the city so visitors can view the skyscrapers on Shaikh Zayed Road from one side &mdash; symbolising modern Dubai &mdash; while the other side of the frame will show the old Dubai landmarks of Deira, Umm Hurair and Karama. &ldquo;The electrical panoramic elevators will help visitors move through its facilities as if they are moving in the sky inside the glass frame,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> As some of you may remember, when the winner of the ThyssenKrupp Elevator Award was announced 3 years ago, there was quite a bit of controversy surrounding the selected winner. The winning entry, "Dubai Frame" by Fernando Donis of the Netherlands, was a 150m tall structure designed as a literal frame of the city of Dubai.</p> <p> Well, it appears construction on the monument has begun, with a completion date estimated for the end of next year.</p> <p> <a href="" target="_blank">Click here to read the 3-year old news article announcing the winner, with the flood of reader comments.</a></p> Fire fears for Gulf's high-rise blocks Nam Henderson 2013-05-02T11:28:00-04:00 >2013-05-02T11:29:34-04:00 <img src="" width="464" height="261" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One expert in the UAE has estimated that 70% of the high-rise buildings there have panel facade cladding made of a combustible thermoplastic core held between two sheets of aluminium.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Bill Law, a BBC Gulf news analyst, writes about how fears of a "towering inferno" disaster in the Gulf are growing after fires left residential buildings heavily damaged in the United Arab Emirates cities of Sharjah and Dubai. The panels have been prohibited in the UK and USA for some time and the f flammable facades, and the UAE has passed recent legislation banning their use. However,&nbsp;&nbsp;"<strong>at least 500 buildings</strong>" in UAE cities are already sheathed in the flammable panels.</p> Polish Scientists and Engineers Put A New Spin On Underwater Living Anna Johnson 2013-02-07T19:43:00-05:00 >2013-02-15T15:23:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists and engineers from the Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology at Gdansk University in Poland have teamed up with other Polish scientific and R&amp;D institutions to come up with a landmark underwater hotel. The Water Discus Underwater Hotel, as it is called, may not be the first but plans for the Dubai venue call for the biggest site of its kind.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> 150 stories - but no sewer connection Barry Lehrman 2012-12-30T11:09:00-05:00 >2013-01-01T19:58:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'[R]emember that a place like Dubai really emerged in the last 50 years. It was a sleepy, you know, Bedouin town half a century ago. And what you do is when you bring in the world&rsquo;s, you know, most sophisticated architects and engineers, you can literally build anything, including a building of 140 or 150 stories. But designing a municipal network of sewage treatment is in some ways more complex. - KATE ASCHER</p></em><br /><br /><p> Terry Gross recently interviewed Kate Ascher about her skyscraper book, and ended up discussing the common lack of sewage connections in Dubai - including the Burj Khalifa. So they end up using trucks to cart the sewage to the central treatment plant, where they often end up queuing for 24-hours or more before they can be emptied.</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gizmodo </a>calculated:</p> <p> '<em>The Burj Khalifa has 163 habitable floors. It's designed to hold 35,000 people at any given time. Now, humans produce 100 to 250 grams (3 to 8 ounces) of feces per day. Let's say 200 in this case, since these people are well fed. That's 7,000,000 grams per day. Seven tonnes of poop per day. Now, add human-produced liquids (pee, bathing, cleaning their teeth...) and the water to push the poop down its miles of sewage pipes. I think a very conservative total would be 15 tonnes of sewage per day.</em></p> <p> <em>That's a lot of poop.'</em></p> Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum announces plans for new self-titled mega city in Dubai Archinect 2012-11-27T17:37:00-05:00 >2012-12-09T21:06:55-05:00 <img src="" width="342" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Named after the sheikh, Mohammed bin Rashid city will aim to harness the tourism growth in Dubai -- Dubai's official statement estimated current tourism growth at 13 percent and retail sales growth at 25 percent annually. The development plans for the new city are largely divided into four themes -- family tourism, retail, art galleries and a &ldquo;unique area that will provide an integrated environment for entrepreneurship and innovation in the region.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Cladding core holds the key to Dubai tower inferno Alexander Walter 2012-11-20T16:30:00-05:00 >2012-11-26T19:08:14-05:00 <img src="" width="462" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is believed 70 per cent of the buildings in the UAE have some form of facade cladding that has a combustible thermo-plastic core between two sheets of aluminium.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Zone: The Spatial Softwares of Extrastatecraft Places Journal 2012-06-11T14:22:00-04:00 >2012-06-18T00:32:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the future the wisest zone entrepreneurs will question this central feature and ask: Why enclave? What types of incentivized urbanism will actually benefit from physically segregated infrastructure&mdash;from being separate and even distant from the dense and dynamic central spaces of existing cities? Given that the zone is now generating its own urban programs &mdash; aspiring to be a city&mdash;what economic and technical benefits can result from constructing what is in effect a double or shadow of the city?</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, Keller Easterling traces the global rise of The Zone -- "a.k.a., the Free Trade Zone, Foreign Trade Zone, Special Economic Zone, Export Processing Zone, or any of the dozens of variants." From pirate enclaves to Puerto Rico, from Shenzhen to Dubai, she interrogates the spatial logic of extrastate zones created to avoid national laws.</p> Yale architecture majors slide into Dubai Archinect 2012-01-12T12:03:00-05:00 >2012-01-18T22:13:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seniors in the architecture major will have to abandon T-squares and straight edges for their latest project: designing water slides for the Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai. The students will enter their designs into a global architecture contest sponsored by the Jumeirah hotel chain, which owns the water park.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The 6 Most Dubious “Green” Projects from Dubai MikeChino 2011-08-01T17:11:22-04:00 >2011-08-01T20:27:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite a handful of genuinely sustainable developments taking place in Dubai, the Emirate has an embarrassing reputation for realizing some of the world's most absurd "green" projects. Inhabitat has compiled a list of our favorite to poke fun at, including the world's tallest tennis court.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Dubai Graphic Encyclopedia, Brusselssprout No. 3 ignacio.gomez 2011-05-23T18:58:45-04:00 >2011-05-23T19:27:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="634" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brusselssprout no. 3</a> presents &ldquo;Dubai Graphic &amp; Visual Encyclopedia&rdquo;.&nbsp; To consider compiling an encyclopedia (of any kind) in post-Wikipedia times is can exercise in emotional withdrawal.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> From a position of bewilderment and confusion we choose to act by producing and employing another tool from the land of the naive and outdated, represented by encyclopedic work, devoid of all logic and meaning considering current cultural conditions and speed. What the first edition Dubai graphic and visual encyclopedia presents is a reality that acts as a counterpoint to all the excess of attempts to decipher and understand Dubai. Attempts that are mostly unable to uncover items that shed light on the question &lsquo;What&rsquo;s it all about&rsquo;?<br><br> Organizing scanning devices for the entire physical reality and processing information in much the same way as the early explorers did in order to reach unknown lands. The encyclopedia will be updated periodically so as to provide an authentic (temporal) guide ...</p>