Category: architecture

Additional Thoughts on Sustainable Megatall Building Design

There are plenty of towers that qualify as “super” or “megatall,” and many are like the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, a good example of the “needle” approach. But, if something serious happens in the middle part of the building (as it did few months ago when flames engulfed several floors of the iconic Marina… Read more »

Design Details of the World’s Tallest “Megatall” Building

In my last blog entry, I introduced my vision of Gartner Wise Tower—a theoretical megatall building designed first and foremost with safety and sustainability in mind. Today I’ll revisit this idea in greater detail, describing the inner-workings of its construction. Safety Safety and security are major parts of any super tall project, and I designed… Read more »

Conceptualizing the World’s Tallest “Megatall” Building

As a preface I would like to give enormous thanks to following persons who have guided and inspired me to think of safer, better and more fun designs. First and foremost, Leslie Robertson: a structural engineer who inspires everyone who come into his sphere – including me! Rick Barker: a true genius in elevator engineering… Read more »

Pritzker Prize for RCR Arquitectes – Wonderful and Sad News

I have been involved with cutting-edge design from the very start of my career in architecture, but to me, the saddest thing is that we have not evolved. RCR Arquitectes recently received the Pritzker Prize. The firm is a remarkable manifestation of artistic and material excellence, very much like Tadao Ando with his Alvar Aalto… Read more »

Philip Johnson in Memoriam

Helping the Unknown Young Architects Remembering some of the round table conversations we had while we worked on designs. The things I wanted to share today are not normally associated with Philip Johnson. Last week I made some comments on Glass House, which took two years to design. And, as he said, it takes a minimum… Read more »

Real Income for USA

Trillions of dollars each year if we think correctly using proven methods – Think and operate like Apple does. We just had a political earthquake, but instead of fixing matters it is opening fissures that will hinder real innovative thinking by the brightest professionals and overall growth. It is no one’s fault but our unique… Read more »

World’s Tallest Buildings

We have a love affair with super tall buildings – those 3,500 to 4,000 feet tall, or the “mile-highs.” It not only needs to be safer than others, it has to be flexible and green, and preferably meeting a passive standard. In one design this year for another super tall building, I was very unhappy… Read more »

An Architect’s Profession: Career and Value to Society

WE admire beauty, to the extent that we admire even F.L. Wright, whose buildings often reached 10 or 20 times their original budget. We architects working today cannot even add 7% to the building budget that would make it totally passive, green and over a lifetime produce enormous savings and comfort to the owners. What’s… Read more »

Toll Brothers and Trump vs. Greener USA as a Nation

Toll Brothers housing and Trump Towers are synonymous in US of ‘quality, power and prestige’. But neither have energy savings to talk about. Because it does not translate to IMMEDIATE income for them. The energy losses and costs are passed on to the purchaser, so why bother to go and help them or USA as… Read more »