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Old October 22nd, 2013, 02:26 AM   #921
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I don't know why many people are finding these towers cheap or tacky .. I say they look awesome and unique to dubai ... at least not boring copy paste type of towers you find in NYC, no offense but I really think dubai got the best looking supertalls
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 03:38 AM   #922
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I don't know why many people are finding these towers cheap or tacky .. I say they look awesome and unique to dubai ... at least not boring copy paste type of towers you find in NYC, no offense but I really think dubai got the best looking supertalls
I agree that the skyline and towers of Dubai are very modern and unique. I have been there and have been awestruck. Comparing it to New York is comparing two different areas with different missions and reasons for their style of architecture.

New York's boxy buildings have more to do with trying to maximize floor space as so much of it is related to trading floors and finance. What I like about New York is the different types of architecture harking back to the start of the skyscraper and high rise era. I also love the older buildings with the setbacks (in the early days of the skyscrapers in NYC the city had building codes that required setbacks to allow light to filter down on the streets below. This law was repealed but has left thousands of buildings with really interesting architectural styles not really found anywhere else).

One big difference between New York and Dubai is that in Dubai they have ample space to build and spread out. This is not possible in New York. There simply are no open lots to build. It is a mind numbing experience to make it through the approval and planning process in identifying and tearing down an existing building then constructing a new one.

I enjoy both cities as much as I do the emerging skylines in all of the major cities in China. I do not think it is a contest between New York and Dubai as both are unique in there own ways.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 09:58 AM   #923
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Now the top is revealing the actual....!....scaffolding is unfolding....
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 07:03 PM   #924
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 08:17 PM   #925
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I don't know why many people are finding these towers cheap or tacky
1) The volume of tall, slender towers. This is a relatively young design option and we're not used to seeing so many in one place, so viewed collectively they come across as caricatures of the traditional skyscraper.

2) The colors and materials. Many of the towers in Dubai feature design elements and ornamenture up and down the building, as if they expect the whole structure to remain fully visible forever. Conventional skyscraper design is more reserved on the main body, either to save money or because of the density of surroundings masking the lower portions.

3) The newness of the structures. The skyline we now think of as Dubai barely registers as a decade old, and as X-Pat infers it lacks historical structures to show variations in design, trends in styles, etc. Instead we have only the main variant of showpiece residential/hotel towers which, again, collectively comes across like a Vegas scene as opposed to an older capital of business.

4) Excessive, bold ornamenture. Several of the towers feature crowns or detailing that looks decidedly added on, with little relationship to the architecture except for the Sullivan ethos that skyscrapers, like columns, should have a defined top (crown, capitol, etc). Thus, some of them look like they took the same slender box then just used different paint, a few added baubles and then slapped a crown on top. Granted, this happens all over but in Dubai there are a few with this descriptions that, when taking in consideration with the other items mentioned here, makes them come across as "done on the cheap."

Yes, this could be seen as simply Dubai's twist on conventional coastal highrise architecture which typically features buildings so bland the whole scene blends together and arguably looks even more cheap. This is just a case of beauty in the eye of the beholder, then, to consider which style is appealing and which suits its context better. For instance I feel this works for Dubai but certainly wouldn't want most (any?) of these in Atlanta.

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Old October 22nd, 2013, 08:37 PM   #926
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Look the balloons, some are duplicated.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 11:04 PM   #927
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The plane is photoshopped too. They don't fly that low over that area
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 08:51 PM   #928
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 09:20 PM   #929
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The plane is photoshopped too. They don't fly that low over that area
Maybe it's... falling!
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I hate this kind of photoshopping job, they ruin marvelous pictures instead of improving them.
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Old October 29th, 2013, 10:31 PM   #931
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Old October 29th, 2013, 11:31 PM   #932
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Old October 30th, 2013, 04:45 PM   #933
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Maybe it's... falling!
Nose .... up?
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Old October 30th, 2013, 06:44 PM   #934
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I have a difficult time understanding how the floorplates are laid out on those hollowed-out upper floors.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 12:29 AM   #935
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Old November 1st, 2013, 01:21 AM   #936
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Old November 1st, 2013, 10:54 AM   #937
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Old November 8th, 2013, 10:51 AM   #938
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I couldn't find the thread of Al yaqoub tower since it was moved as completed to archives but it seems it is not completed yet and a clock will be installed eventually!



The GCC's 20 tallest towers under construction

(Hotel-Residential - 328m, 1076ft - 69 floors - due to be complete 2013)

The Al Yaqoub Tower is a 328 m (1,076 ft) tall skyscraper being built along Sheikh Zayed Road near to Dubai International Financial Centre. The tower topped out in 2010 and is expected to complete construction soon. Once it does, the building will become the second- tallest clock tower in the world behind Abraj Al Bait Clock Tower in Mecca.

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/photo...8#.UnylHvmmiGc
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Old November 8th, 2013, 03:00 PM   #939
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Don't trust random articles. These guys gets their infos from websites such this one
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