01 February 2021

Value Engineering of Barrette Foundations for Tall Buildings in the Middle East

Sujatha Manoj, Mott MacDonald Group; Deepankar Choudhury, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay; Akash Sharma, Fugro

Large-diameter piles and barrettes are the two most common foundation types for tall buildings in the Middle East region, where ground conditions are challenging due...

28 October 2019

State-of-the-Art Engineering for Supertall Residential Buildings

Murali Guruvappan & Nicholas Antoni Byczynski, WME Consultants

When completed at 471 meters, the SRG Tower in Dubai will be one of the world’s slenderest residential towers. The 111-story supertall tower will be...

31 January 2019

Does A Large-Scale Fire Propagation Test Ensure A Fire-Safe Cladding?

Abhishek Chhabra, Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants

Substantial tall-building façade fires have continued to take place, even after the world was shocked by the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London in 2017. Much...

31 January 2019

Debating Tall: Tall and Utility-Neutral by 2029?

Kenneth Turner, CallisonRTKL; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design Inc.

It has long been argued that net-zero-energy skyscrapers are possible. The conversation is now moving beyond the theoretical, as several high-profile commitments have been made...

20 October 2018

Royal Atlantis, Dubai: A Permeable and Polycentric Urbanism

James von Klemperer & Elie Gamburg, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

The Royal Atlantis innovates on typical high-rise hotel and residential design by introducing substantial areas of true open space into all areas of the tower...

20 October 2018

Towering Aspirations in Dubai and Beyond

Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Emaar Properties

In 2008, CTBUH held its Eighth World Congress in Dubai, at which time the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, was still under construction. His...