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Architect claims Dubai failed by trying to recreate Tokyo skyscrapers

Architect claims Dubai failed by trying to recreate Tokyo skyscrapers

Danny Forster Design Studio

New York architect, Danny Forster, of Danny Forster Design Studio, claims Dubai made a big mistake in copying other cities that have high rise buildings.

In a report by the Manila Bulletin, he said the most exciting thing for him is seeing buildings that are really, truly born out of their place.

“Dubai is a city that had an opportunity, and rather than investigate their own history, their own culture, they tried to become Tokyo. They tried to become Shanghai. And I think that’s a huge mistake,” he said.

“What’s most exciting for me is to see what I call site-specific buildings—buildings that relate to their place. A skyscraper in Kuwait City, should and will be very different from a skyscraper in New York City because there’s different ecological conditions. The sun is different. The winters are different. The skies are different.”

Forster added that when cities make decisions they look to other ones as models.

“Other cities can be helpful in terms of understanding the mistakes made or the strategies used, but ultimately, no other city [has] the same conditions that exist in a given city. So the most important research any city has to [do lies] within their own boundaries,” he said.

“I think all buildings, at their best, respond to a set of conditions. They respond to a set of economic conditions, environmental conditions, political conditions, and the best building arises out of that moment in time.”

Forster was talking ahead of his US show “Build It Bigger,” which premieres its fifth season on the Discovery Channel on July 28. It is a weekly show that features monumental projects from different parts of the globe.

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