Archinect - News 2015-11-27T10:28:23-05:00 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="" width="514" height="446" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>, the lead consultant on the project:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Race to build Dubai's second tallest tower heats up</a></li></ul> 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="" width="514" height="308" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill selected to design Burj 2020, the world's tallest commerical tower</a></p> 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="" width="514" height="324" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gulf Labor initiative renews criticism of Abu Dhabi museums over migrant workers' rights Alexander Walter 2015-08-03T19:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T22:24:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Migrant workers building branches of the Guggenheim Museum, the Louvre and the Zayed National Museum on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi continue to face crushing debt, substandard wages and harsh working conditions despite recent efforts to improve treatment, according to a report published this week by Gulf Labor, a coalition of artists and activists. [...] the researchers found that &ldquo;underpayment is far and away the primary concern&rdquo; for the workers themselves.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This issue of labor rights in the greater gulf region previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An updated look at the conditions for Abu Dhabi's migrant workers</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BBC journalists arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup laborers</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Labor violations affirmed in latest report of NYU Abu Dhabi construction</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup &lsquo;slaves&rsquo; scandal: Qatar holds 2 UK rights researchers over &lsquo;emigration violations&rsquo;</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Culture and Hard Labor</a></li></ul> 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="" width="514" height="325" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Race to build Dubai's second tallest tower heats up Alexander Walter 2015-05-21T13:25:00-04:00 >2015-05-23T08:10:14-04:00 <img src="" width="456" height="684" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai is home to the iconic 828-metre high Burj Khalifa, the world&rsquo;s tallest tower, but companies here are now vying to claim second place on the list of tallest towers in the emirate. [...] the trend of building 'megatall' towers &mdash; those which reach more than 600 metres high &ndash; is likely to increase, particularly in the Middle East. [...] Currently, Dubai has 917 high-rises and 465 skyscrapers, states Emporis, which collates data on building worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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> An updated look at the conditions for Abu Dhabi's migrant workers Alexander Walter 2015-03-04T14:30:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T20:30:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With all the cultural, sports and real-estate projects launched throughout the United Arab Emirates, there have been persistent protests about the working and living conditions [...] &rdquo;Serious concerns about workers&rsquo; rights have not been resolved&rdquo;, claims the advocacy group, asking for a commitment for &rdquo;more serious protection&rdquo; from these institutions and Saadiyat Island&rsquo;s developers. [...] appears to have made a serious effort to address the concern expressed by Western museums and architects.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Get a drone's eye view of Foster + Partners' Masdar City in Abu Dhabi Justine Testado 2015-02-27T22:00:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:14:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>UK/Dubai-based media company <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Electric Lime Productions</a> recently released a film for the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi called "The Arcology", defined as "a vision of architectural design principles for very densely populated habitats (hyperstructures)"</p><p>The short video below is a highlight from a student recruitment film, showing off beautiful aerial shots of Foster + Partners' solar-powered Masdar City and its desert landscape -- all captured by drone.</p> Slaves of Happiness Island: Abu Dhabi and the Dark Side of High Art Donna Sink 2014-08-05T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T18:52:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;You know how Ford said you can have any car you like as long as it&rsquo;s black? In the UAE they can make whatever you want, as long as it&rsquo;s a building. They can&rsquo;t make free speech or human rights&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>A heartbreaking and personal story of construction labor conditions in the UAE, illustrated with hand drawings showing how literally trapped the workers are.&nbsp; It's ironic and sad that this news item will share the same space with a contemporary article about building a cage-less zoo in Denmark.</p> 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> High Culture and Hard Labor Alexander Walter 2014-03-31T14:33:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T19:30:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If liberal cultural and educational institutions are to operate with any integrity in that environment, they must insist on a change of the rules: abolish the recruitment debt system, pay a living wage, allow workers to change employers at will and legalize the right to collective bargaining. Otherwise, their gulf paymasters will go on cherry-picking from the globalization menu [...] while spurning the social contract that protects basic human rights.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> 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> 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> Real Madrid's Fantasy Island Revealed Orhan Ayyüce 2012-03-22T14:23:00-04:00 >2012-03-24T01:02:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Real Madrid Resort Island will be a major tourist and sporting centre of great dimensions and the highest level. This extraordinary complex will attract millions of people looking for quality leisure services.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>The resort will be located on the artificial island of Al Marjan in the United Arab Emirates. It will feature sports facilities, a marina, luxury hotels, villas, an amusement park, a club museum and a futuristic 10,000-seat stadium with one side open to the sea.</em></p> <p> Renderings given to the press are described as 'handouts' and no name for the&nbsp;architect&nbsp;is given at this point.</p>