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Strategic design guidance on tall buildings in the Arab region

Elkadi, Hisham, McPhillips, Karen and Shanheen, Abeer 2008, Strategic design guidance on tall buildings in the Arab region, in CSAAR 2008 : Instant Cities : emergent trends in architecture and urbanism in the Arab world, Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region, Amman, Jordan, pp. 255-269.

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Title Strategic design guidance on tall buildings in the Arab region
Author(s) Elkadi, Hisham
McPhillips, Karen
Shanheen, Abeer
Conference name International Conference of the Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region (3rd : 2008 : American University of Sharjah, UAE)
Conference location American University of Sharjah, UAE
Conference dates 1-3 April 2008
Title of proceedings CSAAR 2008 : Instant Cities : emergent trends in architecture and urbanism in the Arab world
Editor(s) Moustafa, Amer
Al-Qawasmi, Jamal
Mitchell, Keven
Publication date 2008
Conference series Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region Conference
Start page 255
End page 269
Total pages vii, 578 p.
Publisher Center for the Study of Architecture in the Arab Region
Place of publication Amman, Jordan
Summary Globally, there has been enhanced media -and public interest in tall buildings following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York. In the Arab region, tall buildings have also become an important topic of debate. The Middle East is set to grow significantly over the next two decades. Soaring population and jobs growth will increase demands for the better use of residential and commercial office space. This is a vital issue for the growth in the economy of the region. The number of construction sites for tall buildings in the Arab world is staggering when compared to European developments. A statistical review of tall buildings has shown for example that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by the year 2010 will outnumber UK and Germany together in the number of 30+ floors buildings by reaching (446 UAE) compared to [243 UK(130) + Germany(113)]. Today high buildings are considered flagship developments not only in the Arab World but also worldwide that play an important part in regeneration. Tall buildings are likely to continue to be relevant to the master planning of areas with good public transport access and capacity. A successful tall building must adhere to a set of clear urban design guidelines that affect the following areas: edges, use, public space, urban integration and environmental factors. This paper addresses this issue. The challenge for architects, urban designers, and planners in the Arab world is to provide the right type and quality of new space and new place that won't undermine the question of identity. The paper explores the nature of tall buildings in the Arab region and provides examples of the positive and negative transformation of the urban environments in a number of locales. The paper concludes by drawing some guidelines for future development of tall buildings in the Arab World.
ISBN 9957860216
9789957860219
Language eng
Field of Research 120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, CSAAR
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016838

Document type: Conference Paper
Collections: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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