May 11, 2007
Perforated Facade Defines New Dubai Tower
Unique exoskeleton combines style and sustainable function
O-14, a striking 300,000-square-foot, 22-story commercial tower in the Business Bay district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) that is a collaboration between New York City-based Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture PC, and Dubai Properties developer Shahab Lutfi, is scheduled to break ground next month. O-14 features a 16-inch thick concrete screen perforated by 1,000 circular openings and spaced one meter from its interior window wall, creating a chimney effect for passive cooling.

Indianapolis Constructs Greenfield Airport
New airports extremely rare since 9/11
Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, there has been a dearth of new airport planning and construction in the U.S. The Indianapolis International Airport is the notable exception. Although planning for the new airport goes back more than 30 years, design didn’t begin until 2002, making it one of the first “greenfield” airports to be constructed post 9/11.

AIA Connecticut Honors Sixteen Projects
AIA Connecticut is pleased to announce the 16 recipients of its 2006 design awards program, which honors excellence in built and unbuilt design. A full 14 of the projects reside in the Nutmeg State; one is in Minneapolis and one in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Serving as jurors for this year’s awards program were: Douglas Moss, AIA, Holzman Moss Architecture; David Leatherbarrow, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and Samuel G. White, FAIA, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects. Awards recipients will be honored at a reception on December 4.

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