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Cloud Space

Cloud Space

(Issue of a magazine 2/2018, page 16)

High-rise construction rapidly developing around the world has predictably shifted from infill develop­ment to design and imple­mentation of entire cities consisting of skyscrap­ers only. An integrated approach to the develop­ment of large areas allows implementing the most daring architects’ ideas who effectively integrate modern technology into their projects and use the most advanced achieve­ments of science and tech­nology. With the increas­ing construction scale, specialists are faced with more complex and inter­esting tasks that inspire them to more risky and ambitious solutions.

Architect and Urbanist Dialogue: Skyscraper’s Role in New Millennium City

Architect and Urbanist Dialogue: Skyscraper’s Role in New Millennium City

(Issue of a magazine 1/2018, page 16)

Different challenges of the 21st century set for architects a number of tasks, which make them revise the fundamentals of work with an architectural object in a city. How should one build anything in the city of the new millennium? What should form the urban landscape? How much do we need radical high-rise landmarks in it? If they are needed, what should these new buildings be alike? Is there a universal recipe for successful placement of a skyscraper in the city of the future? All these issues keep living in the minds of the modern urbanists and architects, and due to rapid growth of Asian cities in recent years they are becoming even more acute.

Wood in High-Rise Construction Worldwide

Wood in High-Rise Construction Worldwide

(Issue of a magazine 4/2017, page 12)

In recent decades the development and sophistication of construction technologies generated a wide range of innovations that have considerably changed the proportions of conventional construction practices applied along with their higher-end analogues. 3D printing invention and practical application in construction have altered all traditional notions of ways to construct buildings. Modern construction methods developed with account of innovative approaches were based on using the most essential materials such as wood and brick. Advanced high-rise construction focused on various wooden structures has turned into a noticeable trend that requires careful examination. Wood as a prospective material for the construction of mixed-use towers has been very popular in futuristic projects for two decades now. Besides, for the recent five years several high-rise “wooden” projects have been announced that will be built in Canada, Austria, Norway, India, Singapore and France, and the number of floors in the planned towers keeps increasing. Studying the peculiar features of wood popularity with account of new opportunities offered by innovative wooden structures is an acute research task set before the author of this review. 

The Second Wind of Megacities

The Second Wind of Megacities

(Issue of a magazine 3/2017, page 16)

Recent years rapid urbanization tended to the fact that nearly main emphasis in construction of new facilities and developments of existing cities is given to the transportation planning and processing. Against the backdrop of circumstances, when time is the most precious resource on earth, achieving the maximum possible speed of transportation between objects both in everyday life and on a global scale has become an important challenge for architects and city planners all around the world.  Such phenomenon, as a multimodal transportation hub has proven to be the most optimized way out of this situation.

It’s High, High Cinema

It’s High, High Cinema

(Issue of a magazine 2/2017, page 18)

The cinematographic art of the 21st century lean toward to visual effects and the narrative performance, skillfully using for this purpose the impressive images of high-rise architecture. Visual imagery and entourage of modern films are no less fascinating than their plot twists, while the spectacular views on the real-world or make-believe skyscrapers starting from the 30s of the 20th century evolved into one of the main artistic devices to emphasize dramatic expressiveness of films.

Asian Heights

Asian Heights

(Issue of a magazine 1/2017, page 18)

The rapid growth of the technology advances of the new century construction industry leads to a regular changes in the list of the world’s tallest buildings. The obtained titles of most impressive skyscrapers in respective categories pass from one building to another, while contemporary planet habitants tire of getting surprised by new high-rise achievements. Its obvious that the overwhelming majority of such changes in the cities skylines are being undergone by Asian countries. Mass high-rise construction in China or India is so notable that we regularly cover these processes in our targeted overviews. However, these changes happen also in other countries of Asian region.

Steeper only Gods: Images of Dynamic Architecture  in High-Rise Construction

Steeper only Gods: Images of Dynamic Architecture in High-Rise Construction

(Issue of a magazine 4/2016, page 20)

Architects of the new age have been actively investigating unconventional shapes and images for visible implementation of ideas prompted by the new century. However, creation of something principally new does not always coincide with calendar changing of centuries or even thousands of years. Formation of successful strategy for any sophisticated concept depends on many factors, and current trends set with respect to different shapes and styles often reflect the capabilities of the construction industry. At the beginning of the XXI century, several factors concurred together that promoted a keen interest to new developments in high-rise construction. The 1990s race in high-rise construction resulted in a situation when only numerical height indicators were not enough to impress the world. At the same time, there was developed sufficient range of engineering solutions that facilitated a significant leap to a new level of technological capabilities in high-rise construction. Advanced computer programs for design and construction provided architects of the 2000s with new tools, so the world became rich in striking and recognizable projects.

From Shukhov to Hadid: Lattice Shells

From Shukhov to Hadid: Lattice Shells

(Issue of a magazine 3/2016, page 14)
High-rise construction in the new century is rapidly developing in many countries despite all economic, political or social distresses. Skyscrapers attract focused attention not only due to their physical sizes, but also thanks to their unusual facades and remarkable silhouettes independently on their surroundings. Many skyscrapers of various purposes have been designed within the past years. From Canada to Australia, historical cities and new urban settlements unequivocally diversified their skyline. In this variety of tall buildings, it is very difficult now for the architects to invent new artistic devices or shapes that would be appropriately used without being accused of repetition or plagiarism. Gained experience dramatically illustrates that the stylistic diversity of skyscrapers is ginormous. The huger the diversity - the more difficult to distinguish the most universal and most widely used constructional methods or solutions in the modern high-rise construction. As the matter stands, having studied the most unusual tall buildings all over the world we get convinced that one of the most widely used structural elements that give certain freedom and plasticity are lattice shells, especially actively used in recent decades.
 
Corporate Crowns

Corporate Crowns

(Issue of a magazine 2/2016, page 22)

Construction of skyscrapers is a complex and time-consuming process that requires a lot of human resources and material costs. It is therefore natural that the creation of such largescale facilities is carried out by large companies and large-scale design corporations. It is their efforts that formed the mainstream of the global high-rise building of the 20th century. Although some spectacular towers were designed by famous architects particularly as unique projects, which has recently been especially notable, most these structures appeared as a work product by project offices such as SOM, KPF, Gensler, Nikken Sekkei, MAD, NBBJ, Aedas and many others.

Best of the Best. Dialogue between the Object and Its Creator

Best of the Best. Dialogue between the Object and Its Creator

(Issue of a magazine 1/2016, page 18)

Despite the numerous economic problems and permanent challenges of the global economy, high-rise construction of the new century is developing intensively, and it requires constant attention and analysis to the numerous changes and abundant news. A wide range of diverse buildings in the “high rise” category requires continuous and comprehensive study.