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CTBUH June 2007 Newsletter
Sacred Union
Abounding Towers
Living Large
Building Motif
Boston Beauty
Qatar Icon

Sacred Union Although new plans of the building seem to constantly hit the press, Moscow's twisting tower still remains at the front of the crowd with its sensual design. Its planned 47 floors have been compared to the DNA strand and a drill bit but it actually represents a bride and groom. He stands slightly taller than her and her dress trails down the Gala stairway. This wedding palace will provide increased daylight times with its twisting floors and varying skyline views from each floor... Link

Abounding Towers DBI Design wins lead design consultant on Etihad Towers, a mixed-use development consisting of five towers located on the waterfront near Abu Dhabi's business district. The towers range from 55 to 77 stories and together are set to become one of the most prominent projects in Abu Dhabi.  The towers are scheduled to be completed by 2010. Link

Living Large Damac Heights in Dubai Marina, designed by Adeas, will stand 90-stories high and reach taller than the Petronas Towers. The property will be the embodiment of residential luxury with features ranging from use of a private yacht to his and her athletic clubs. Many balconies maximize views and high ceilings increase the sustainability of the building by reducing solar gain. Link

Building Motif Frank Gehry's design for the first phase of the Grand Avenue project in Los Angeles, to sit across from the Gehry designed Disney Concert Hall, has been unveiled. The design used to be two rectangular towers but is now one 'L' shaped structure that includes bursts of color with glass shades, colored concrete, and a large motif. Mirrored glass creeps up the sides of the building's waving sides producing a typical Gehry building. Link

Boston Beauty A new 49-storey office building is proposed for Boston's skyline - the South Station Tower. The developer, Hines, said the project has passed through the city review process already and construction is set to begin later this year and completion in 2010. Link

Qatar Icon One of Qatar's fastest growing banks, IBQ, is planning to build an iconic headquarters in Doha's West Bay Area. Yamasaki, of Michigan, USA are the architectural designers for this project that aims to create new facilities for the bank and its team and to also create a landmark for the area. Link


New York, NY

2007 IBC supplement to incorporate code changes based on NIST investigation into 9/11 attacks. Link

Computer simulation of 9/11 attack on World Trade Center released online. Link

WTC Tower's cantilevered floors could cast too many shadows Link

Shadow studies and one man's plan for a "sunshine zoning proposal"... Link

Philadelphia, PA

Final beam placed on the Comcast Center, Philly's tallest building. Link

Dallas, TX

Art district to include building clad is glass fish scales. Link

Toronto, Canada

ERA Architects present plans to Toronto's Executive Committee to revitalize high-rises throughout city Link

Ahmedabad, India

High-rise apartments complete with your own personal courtyard Link

Dubai, UAE

Burj Dubai tops the Petronas Towers and is now the second tallest building structure in the world. Link

Shanghai, China

The 540-ton damper was placed on 90th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center earlier this month. Link

Fuzhau, China

The capital of Fujian Province now has a landmark building for power company headquarters after its completion last month Link


UNESCO reviews World Heritage list and may add up to 30 new locations. Link

Offbeat News

India's richest man wants to build his own skyscraper home, complete with six floors of parking. Link

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