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Architecture: New Modesty

### architectmagazine.com April 27, 2010
Design: Crit (from ARCHITECT May 2010)
New Modesty? Not Really
By Clay Risen
If the architecture of the next few years is subdued, it’s not because designers have decreed a new ethic. In announcing that Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, the duo behind SANAA, had won the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the jury noted the firm’s “deceptively simple” design, imbued with “a much-appreciated straightforwardness, economy of means, and restraint” that “stands in direct contrast with the bombastic and rhetorical”.
Sejima and Nishizawa may well deserve the award for their talent. But it seems they also won because, at least for the jury, SANAA embodies the supposed new ethos of architecture: the New Modesty.
Alternately called the New Puritanism or Radical Traditionalism, the movement is a recession-fueled reaction to the post-Bilbao era of high-tech, high-price, hypertrophied design.
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### thenational.ae Last Updated: 7 May 2010 11:09PM UAE (7:09PM GMT)
A place to call our own: An architecture that reflects Emirati traditions
By Tom Gara
At the base of the tallest structure ever made, across from the largest fountain in the world and the biggest mall ever built, Omran al Owais shares his philosophy on buildings. “It’s pretty simple,” the Emirati architect says, glancing up the 808-metre Burj Khalifa. “I don’t want to build anything taller than a tree.”
At an outdoor table overlooking Dubai’s most monumental development, such an idea seems archaic, out of touch with the forest of skyscrapers that punctuate the city. But al Owais is putting his mind to work on how to build a cityscape in proportion to the humble, personal, hospitable roots of his culture. Downsizing is central.
“I love this, this is amazing,” he says, gesturing at the 160-storey building across from us. “But I cannot say that it is mine, that this is Emirati.”
While others were thinking big, al Owais has spent much of the last decade designing living spaces for families, working to integrate what he sees as the timeless values of Arab and Emirati culture into small buildings. As duplex apartments, infinity pools and suburban lawn-and-garage life spread across Dubai, al Owais worked to build homes that surround open courtyards or balance privacy with openness, trying to make modern spaces that capitalise on old, proven ways of living.
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What the hell, one more for the tall tower

### sstlive.co.nz Last updated 05:00 10/01/2010
Finlay Macdonald: Dubai edifice a monument to all that’s wrong in the world
By Finlay Macdonald – Sunday Star Times
As symbolism goes, it’s hard to beat Dubai’s just opened Burj Khalifa. A mostly empty monumental extravagance, built with borrowed money on shifting sands, the world’s tallest building more or less sums up the demented excess of modern speculative capitalism. It was even hastily renamed (having begun life as the Burj Dubai) in honour of the ruler from down the road in oil-rich Abu Dhabi who bailed out the bankrupt emirate. Talk about being on the Zeitgeist.
But then, the whole of Dubai is very much an offering to the gods of vulgar materialism. As such, all right-minded aesthetes and ascetics hate the place. It represents everything that’s wrong in this sub-prime world – tacky, boastful, exploitative, corrupt and unsustainable.
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Finlay’s reply is not exactly the reply I started writing after the base jumping news. It’s still in draft form and shaking with vertigo, or new science or something. I’ll polish it off in a day or two of reflection about why I’m pumping What if? with mega projects, shall I?!

Oh, a purpose for everything.

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Base jumping in Dubai (Burj Khalifa)

Two men set a new world record for the highest base jump from the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa.

ITNExtreme 08 January 2010


Ahmad Al Matroushi, managing director of UAE of Emaar Properties which built the Burj Khalifa, said: “The base jump undertaken by the UAE national and his trainer is another human achievement that complements Burj Khalifa’s accomplished track-record of pushing frontiers.”

### http://www.dailymail.co.uk Last updated at 5:23 PM on 8 Jan 2010
Don’t look down: Sky diver sets new world record after base jumping 2,205ft from top of Burj Khalifa in Dubai
By Mail Foreign Service
An expert sky diver from the United Arab Emirates has set a new world record for base jumping from the top of the Burj Khalifa. Nasr Al Niyadi and his trainer Omar Al Hegelan made a perfect landing after jumping 2,205ft from the 160th floor of the world’s tallest building in Dubai on Tuesday. The pair, from the Emirates Aviation Society, made the descent at speeds up to 137mph in under one and a half minutes.
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Burj Dubai/Khalifa: view at the top

Updated post 6 January, 2010 @ 14:58:33
Tower renamed…..

### http://www.nzherald.co.nz 7:40 AM Tuesday Jan 5, 2010
Dubai opens world’s tallest building
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Dubai opened the world’s tallest skyscraper overnight, and in a surprise move renamed the gleaming glass-and-metal tower Burj Khalifa in a nod to the leader of neighbouring Abu Dhabi – the oil-rich sheikdom which came to its rescue during the financial meltdown.
A lavish presentation witnessed by Dubai’s ruler and thousands of onlookers at the base of the tower said the building was 828 metres (2717 ft) tall.
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Surroundings fairly mundane, why not fly a chopper or a plane rather than construct the world’s tallest building. The logic escapes me, or possibly it escapes the investors.

[I went up in a cage to the open roof deck of the Transco Tower in Houston when the tower was still under construction – at that stage the building had been topped with its beacon. The Transco (now known as Williams Tower) was designed by architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee, in association with Houston-based Morris-Aubry Architects. The building was originally named for its major tenant, Transco Energy corporation. At 64 storeys and 277 metres (909 ft) above the ground level when built in 1983, it was the world’s tallest skyscraper outside of a city’s central business district. Just nothing compared to the Burj Khalifa.]

This video gives you any wind effects or vertigo you didn’t have, and prepares you for a career in tower cleaning:

ImreDubai 31 December 2009
Video by Imre Solt on the top of the Burj Khalifa’s spire, with Dony Chacko and Stuart Morgans. Australian company CoxGomyl is now commissioning the final systems on the building, a total of 18 machines have been delivered and the higest operating building maintenance units (BMU) in the world working at 715 metres.

It takes more than eight weeks to clean all 26,000 windows.


Fact Sheet – Burj Dubai [written before the name change]

Currently the world’s tallest building and tallest man-made structure, Burj Dubai is at the centre of Downtown Burj Dubai, the flagship mega-project of Emaar Properties in Dubai. The final height of the tower will be revealed on its completion.

With a development value of over US$1 billion, Burj Dubai, when completed, will fulfil all the criteria of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which ranks the world’s tallest buildings on the basis of spire height, the highest occupied floor, roof height and pinnacle height.

At a current height of over 800 metres (2,625 ft), Burj Dubai has now also scaled over 160 levels, the most number of storeys in any building in the world. Burj Dubai has already surpassed the height of the KVLY-TV mast in North Dakota, USA – 628.8 metres (2,063 ft), which held the distinction of being the world’s tallest man-made structure. Burj Dubai is taller than Taipei 101 in Taiwan, which at 508 metres (1,667 ft) has held the tallest-building-in-the-world title since it opened in 2004. The tower also surpassed the 31-year-old record of CN Tower, which at 553.33 metres (1,815.5 ft) has been the world’s tallest free-standing structure on land since 1976.

Leveraging on the advancements in construction engineering, Burj Dubai undertook height enhancement in 2008 and is also upgrading its interior finishes. International designers from California have revisited the designs to make the residences more attractive and functionally superior.

More than 11,000 consultants and skilled construction workers are employed on site, and the world’s fastest high-capacity construction hoists, with a speed of up to 2 m/sec (120 metres/min), were used to move men and materials.

When completed, the tower will have used 330,000 cubic metres of concrete, 39,000 metric tons of steel rebar and 142,000 sq m of glass and 22 million man hours.

The weight of the empty building is 500,000 tonnes.

Burj Dubai’s structure has employed the latest advances in wind engineering, structural engineering, structural systems, construction materials and construction methods. It has a high performance exterior cladding system to withstand the harsh summer temperatures.

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