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Querkraft to Design Austria's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai

16:00 - 17 September, 2018
Querkraft to Design Austria's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai, Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten
Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten

The Viennese architecture office Querkraft has been selected to design the Austrian Pavilion for the EXPO 2020 in Dubai. The design combines traditional building materials with modern techniques to present Austria as a center of innovation. Former Federal Minister Beatrix Karl was appointed honorary commissioner for the world expo and will represent Austria externally. The Expo in Dubai will be the first world exhibition in an Arab country in the 170-­year Expo history. The Austrian Pavilion will center on questions of how resources can be used more thoughtfully and respectfully in the future.

Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten + 7

Dubai Plans for One Quarter of Buildings to be 3D Printed by 2025

14:00 - 28 August, 2018
Dubai Plans for One Quarter of Buildings to be 3D Printed by 2025, Dubai. Image via Creative Commons
Dubai. Image via Creative Commons

Dubai has launched 3D Printing Strategy, a global initiative to make the city the world's leader in 3D printing. The initiative is designed to promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has created the plan for one quarter of new buildings to be 3D printed by 2025. The strategy hopes to utilize 3D printing to cut costs in the medical and construction sector and restructure economies and labor markets.

Office of the Future by Killa Design. Image © WAM Office of the Future by Killa Design. Image © WAM Office of the Future by Killa Design. Image © WAM Office of the Future by Killa Design. Image © WAM + 5

Dubai's First Skyscraper to be Preserved in Modern Heritage Initiative

04:00 - 14 August, 2018
Dubai's First Skyscraper to be Preserved in Modern Heritage Initiative, Dubai Trade Centre. Image Courtesy of Shutterstock
Dubai Trade Centre. Image Courtesy of Shutterstock

Dubai Municipality has announced that the city is planning to preserve its landmark buildings from the 1960s and 70s as part of a new initiative called Modern Heritage. Jointly launched by the Planning Department and the Architectural Heritage Department, the initiative aims to save the first footprints of Dubai. The initiative would protect some of the most significant buildings constructed when the city was first beginning its rapid development. The plan includes the preservation of the Dubai Trade Centre, a 149-metre-high tower regarded as the city's first skyscraper.

Fentress Architects Chosen to Design USA Pavilion for World Expo 2020 in Dubai

14:00 - 16 July, 2018
Pictured here, the masterplan for the World Expo 2020 Dubai designed by HOK. Image via HOK
Pictured here, the masterplan for the World Expo 2020 Dubai designed by HOK. Image via HOK

Fentress Architects has been chosen to design the USA Pavilion for the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. The Pavilion USA 2020 will sit within the 438-hectare masterplan designed by HOK, pictured above.

The U.S. Department of State selected the consortium containing Fentress Architects, led by Big Things Group, to deliver a pavilion based on the theme “What Moves You,” featuring highlights of American culture and technology. The team will seek to use the program as “a showcase of the innovation, creativity, and diversity that defines the United States.”

CTBUH Announces the Initial List of Speakers for the 2018 Middle East Conference on "Polycentric Cities"

16:50 - 5 July, 2018
CTBUH Announces the Initial List of Speakers for the 2018 Middle East Conference on "Polycentric Cities", Creative Commons public domain
Creative Commons public domain

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has named the initial list of speakers for the 2018 Middle East Conference, Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism. The list features men and women from some of the most influential businesses in the industry, such as HOK, Safdie Architects, Kohn Pederson Fox, Gensler, Perkins+Will, SOM and many more.

The conference will highlight a wide array of subjects and disciplines related to the conference theme, as well as other hot topics in the industry, including smart technologies, modular construction, 3D-printing buildings, net-zero skyscrapers and much more.

Read on for more about Polycentric Cities and the initial list of speakers.

"Biodomes" in the UAE's Al Hajar Mountains Will Promote Ecotourism

08:00 - 15 June, 2018
"Biodomes" in the UAE's Al Hajar Mountains Will Promote Ecotourism , Courtesy of Baharash Architecture
Courtesy of Baharash Architecture

The world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, towers at 828 meters in the heart of Dubai’s ever-growing urban core. But just a few hours east of the metropolis, a different kind of monument is garnering tourism to the United Arab Emirates: the Al Hajar Mountains. With its peak at 3,008 meters, the mountain range’s natural elegance rivals the country’s architectural achievements. The Biodomes Wildlife Conservation Centre, a project from Baharash Architecture for the UAE’s Eco Resort Group, seeks to celebrate the mountain range through an ecotourism paradigm.

Courtesy of Baharash Architecture Courtesy of Baharash Architecture Courtesy of Baharash Architecture Courtesy of Baharash Architecture + 10

New Video Shows Foster + Partners' Vision for Cargo-Carrying Hyperloop Network

14:00 - 1 May, 2018
New Video Shows Foster + Partners' Vision for Cargo-Carrying Hyperloop Network, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released a video depicting their vision for a future high-speed transportation infrastructure, taking advantage of recent advances in hyperloop technology. Designed for DP World Cargospeed, a collaboration between cargo giant DP World and Virgin Hyperloop One, Foster + Partners’ vision for an infrastructural network seeks to create a new ecosystem where urban centers and rural landscapes are interconnected, as are humans and nature.

The World's First Commercial Hyperloop is Coming to Abu Dhabi in 2020

12:00 - 20 April, 2018
The World's First Commercial Hyperloop is Coming to Abu Dhabi in 2020, Courtesy of HyperloopTT
Courtesy of HyperloopTT

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) has released details of their plan to create the world’s first commercial Hyperloop system in Abu Dhabi. Situated on the border between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in close proximity to both the Al Maktoum International Airport and World Expo 2020 site, the HyperloopTT will begin with the construction of six miles (ten kilometers) of infrastructure, with future development potentially creating a commercial Hyperloop network across the United Arab Emirates and beyond.

Courtesy of HyperloopTT Courtesy of HyperloopTT Courtesy of HyperloopTT Courtesy of HyperloopTT + 17

See Dubai-Based Architecture Firms Through the Lens of Marc Goodwin

08:00 - 20 April, 2018
Jumeirah Lake Towers
Jumeirah Lake Towers

From Barcelona to Bejing, Marc Goodwin is capturing architectural workspaces around the world. Goodwin’s latest endeavor: Dubai. Scroll down to get a glimpse of where architects like the ones at RMJM and EDGE work in the “City of Gold.”

Jumeirah Lake Towers The Yard Al Serkal Avenue X-Architects Dubai Design District RMJM Grimshaw Al Quoz Deira, Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road + 24

Proposed "Permeable" Mixed-Use Tower in Dubai Challenges Urban Density

14:00 - 14 April, 2018
Proposed "Permeable" Mixed-Use Tower in Dubai Challenges Urban Density, Courtesy of rgg Architects
Courtesy of rgg Architects

Dubai Nhabitat, a mixed-use tower proposed by Ankara-based firm rgg Architects, utilizes its own unique formal system to create "permeability through different materials and building tectonics." The tower is an aggregate of individual modules that can be enlarged or shrunk by an "8mx8m grid" based on programmatic needs, creating views and outdoor spaces unique to each spatial arrangement.

Call for Architectural Design Competition for the Iconic Mosque in Dubai Creek Harbour

23:00 - 3 April, 2018
Call for Architectural Design Competition for the Iconic Mosque in Dubai Creek Harbour, Courtesy of Emaar
Courtesy of Emaar

Emaar Development is hosting an International Open Design competition for the Design of the Iconic Mosque at the heart of the ambitious new world-class mixed-use waterfront development Dubai Creek Harbour. The Development is a 5.6 Million sqm site and is expected to have 48,500 residential units with a population of 175,000 residents when completed.

How to Celebrate New Architecture: Shaping Identity with Spectacular Opening Ceremonies

09:30 - 15 March, 2018
How to Celebrate New Architecture: Shaping Identity with Spectacular Opening Ceremonies, “Vives réflexions, museum reflections,” multimedia and pyrotechnic show for the grand opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi 2017. Artistic direction: Christophe Berthonneau, Groupe F. Image © N. Chavance, Groupe F
“Vives réflexions, museum reflections,” multimedia and pyrotechnic show for the grand opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi 2017. Artistic direction: Christophe Berthonneau, Groupe F. Image © N. Chavance, Groupe F

After finishing a building, the client is faced with an important question: How do they celebrate the new architecture? This moment offers an essential opportunity to inform the public about the existence and mission of the building. Therefore, the designs of opening ceremonies are often loaded with symbolic imagery to construct a new identity. Fireworks and light shows are an especially common part of the powerful repertoire used to magnify the aura of architecture. This luminous storytelling can underline the client’s uniqueness and superiority on both a local level and an international stage. I spoke with two leading designers to get their insights on how opening ceremonies have changed in recent years: Christophe Berthonneau, Creative Director at Groupe F, who introduced the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Fred Thompson, Creative Director at Laservision Mega Media, who worked on the opening of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Grand opening at Lotte World Tower, Seoul / South Korea, 2017. Design: Groupe F. Image © N. Chavance, Groupe F Inauguration of Rion-Antirion Bridge, Patras / Greece, 2004. Design: Groupe F. Image © T. Nava, Groupe F Grand opening of Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg / Germany, 2017. Architecture: Herzog & de Meuron. Concept: Jung von Matt and gestalt communications. Image © Ralph Larmann Grand opening of Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, 2011. Design: Laservision Mega Media. Image © Laservision Mega Media + 32

The 10 Tallest Uncompleted Skyscrapers

09:30 - 26 February, 2018
The 10 Tallest Uncompleted Skyscrapers, © Santiago Calatrava
© Santiago Calatrava

We all know a little about the world's tallest buildings—those engineering feats which define their cities and become symbols of human achievement—but what of the buildings that never took their planned place in their respective skylines? In 2014, The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) released a report listing the 20 tallest buildings that were never completed (an up-to-date list is also maintained on their website here). In order to be considered "never completed," all of the buildings in the report had begun site work, but construction was completely halted with no reports indicating it will continue. Read on to find out the top 10 tallest uncompleted buildings in 2018 after the break.

"World's Largest Picture Frame" Opens in Dubai

12:15 - 2 January, 2018
via <a href='http://https://www.instagram.com/p/BdcsGG6FPCc/?tagged=dubaiframe'>Instagram user linvraisemblableordinaire</a>
via Instagram user linvraisemblableordinaire

Rising 150 meters from Dubai’s Zabeel Park, the “World’s Largest Picture Frame” has officially opened in the UAE. Known as the Dubai Frame, the structure is the latest in the city’s line of eye-catching megaprojects, offering up panoramic views of the skyline while framing views of iconic buildings such as the Burj Khalifa for visitors and residents all across the city.

Soar Through Dubai's Cityscape With This Extreme Zipline

08:00 - 30 December, 2017

Ever wished you had superpowers and could fly through cities like Superman? Now is your chance! Well, kind of. The new XLine Dubai Marina lets you zipline at speeds up to 80 km/hr through the “City of Gold.” An upgrade from its first XLine on the Dubai Fountain, its new sequel is twice the distance, twice the time and, of course, twice the thrill, excitement, and adventure.

Etihad Museum / Moriyama & Teshima

02:00 - 28 December, 2017
Etihad Museum / Moriyama & Teshima, © Architekturfotograf Berlin Felix Loechner
© Architekturfotograf Berlin Felix Loechner

© Architekturfotograf Berlin Felix Loechner © Architekturfotograf Berlin Felix Loechner © Architekturfotograf Berlin Felix Loechner © Architekturfotograf Berlin Felix Loechner + 25

Construction Breaks Ground on Calatrava's UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

16:00 - 18 December, 2017
Construction Breaks Ground on Calatrava's UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, © Wam
© Wam

Construction has begun on one of the centerpiece structures at the upcoming 2020 Dubai Expo, the Santiago Calatrava-designed UAE Pavilion.

Inspired by the shape of a flying falcon, the UAE Pavilion covers more than 15,000 square meters and four floors, including a 1,717-square-meter top story hospitality lounge. A 588-square-metre mezzanine will house support functions, with the remaining two floors containing 12,000 square meters will of exhibition space showcasing displays that respond to the Expo theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.”

Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava + 6

The Luxury Pavilion Built From Recycled Bedsprings

06:00 - 29 November, 2017
The Luxury Pavilion Built From Recycled Bedsprings, Courtesy of Fahed + Architects
Courtesy of Fahed + Architects

Boutique firm, Fahed + Architects have developed a temporary pavilion for Abwab 2017, the highlight of Dubai Design Week that exhibits designers’ talent from across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

A commitment to the environment is at the core of Fahed + Architects philosophy, so it was necessary to create a structure out of 100% recyclable material from the local waste management company, Bee’ah. The outer skin of the pavilion is a mesh of entwined bedsprings that naturally lends itself to an organic form, floating amongst the surrounding buildings.