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SimCity-Inspired Architectural Photography

SimCity-Inspired Architecture Photography

Do you guys remember the game SimCity? It was an open-ended city-building game series from back from the 1990s-2000s. It was quite popular back in the days! In relation of this game series, I really love this architectural photography series by Björn Witt of Dubai, UAE. Björn is originally from Hamburg, Germany and you just gotta appreciate his photographic vision of Dubai with the light and those endless repetitive building patterns. It's stunning! More Links Learn more about Björn Witt Follow Björn's work on Behance

Cityscape Photography by Daniel Cheong

Cityscape Photography by Daniel Cheong

Daniel Cheong is a photographer currently living in Dubai. He is a rooftopper taking pleasure to find the highest point in the city and make the best by blending multiple exposures to obtain his maximum Dynamic Range (HDR) shot. It’s just stunning. ...when I bought my first DSLR in Singapore, back in 2006. I joined Flickr around that time, where I discovered the world of High Dynamic Range photography. Links More info about Daniel Cheong: Follow Daniel on Flickr: Follow Daniel on 500px:

Dubai Cityscapes Photography

Dubai Cityscape Photography

Great photo series by German photographer Jens Fersterra. Dubai has a rich collection of buildings and structures of various architectural styles. Many modern interpretations of Islamic architecture can be found here, due to a boom in construction and architectural innovation in the Arab World in general, and in Dubai in particular, supported not only by top Arab or international architectural and engineering design firms such as Al Hashemi and Aedas, but also by top firms of New York and Chicago. For more from Jens Fersterra visit Dubai is an emirate in the United Arab Emirates federation. The main city of the emirate is also called Dubai. The emirate is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. Wikipedia

Burj Dubai is Today the Tallest Building in the World

Some days ago I've posted about the 10 Tallest Skyscrapers in the World, and I couldn't include this one because the building was not done at that time. Well, now this list has a new top 1... it was presented in Dubai the Burj Khalifa or Burj Dubai, the tallest building in world today with 828m. Wow! Officially opened yesterday, January 04 of 2010, the Burj Dubai is the tallest building made by the humans hand. When I looked at the first pictures in the beggining of the construction in 2005, I almost couldn't believe in the enormous building they wanted to put in that place. The Burj is far taller than the previous record, the Taipei 101 Tower, in Taiwan with 509m. The building can be viewed from 95km away, is covered with 26,000 glass panels and the estimate cost for the Burj Khalifa was about US$1.5 bilion. "The tower is a global icon. It represents the determination and optimism of Dubai as a truly world city. It is a powerful symbol for the entire Arab world." Mohamed Alabbar The numbers are somewhere around 'awesomeness' and that is exactly what they like. In another post we talked about the The Unusual Architecture of Dubai, where you can see that the buildings are created to make history, no matter how architects will be see them. We have to think if we really want this as a reference to new projects, what is the reason to build stuff even taller and more expensive? Maybe the investiment on the urbanism and the planning of Dubai would be more important than those sinlge projects. The History Some Videos Take a look the latest news and the main sites about Burj Dubai:

The Unusual Architecture of Dubai - Part 1

Dubai is the most populated city in the United Arab Emirates with more than 1.5 million inhabitants. However, in 1975 this number was much smaller, something around 183,200. Seen by the whole world as a futuristic and modern city, t's in constantly change, Dubai has invested heavily in architecture, hiring some of the most famoust architects to project its skyline. The question I ask as an architect is: Is that the architecture of the future? Will Dubai be a reference for the world architecture? Dubai in 1990 Dubai in 2003 In 2005 the real state sector contributed with 22,6% of the Emirates economy. On the other hand, the oil contributed with less than 6%. Another very interesting fact is that right now between 15% to 25% of the tower cranes in the world are in Dubai. Take a look at some of the most unusual projects that I've selected and let me know what you think. Rem Koolhas OMA Deathstar The Dubai Renaissance Porsche Towers Jebel al Jais Mountain Resort Zaha Hadid Dancing Towers Abu Dhabi's Performing Arts Centre Opus David Fincher The Rotation Tower Jean Nouvel Dubai Opera House Louvre Abu Dhabi Light Architecture The Pixel Tower The REEM Media Building Atkins Architects Anara Tower The Oval Tower The Lighthouse Iris Bay Burj Al Arab - Tower of the Arabs Trump International Hotel and Tower Skidmore, Owings and Merrill The Infinity Tower The Al Sharq Tower Nadim Karam The Cloud Joachim Hauser Hydropolis Underwater Hotel