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Technosphere: eco-friendly Earth in miniature proposed for Dubai

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November 4, 2009

Technosphere by James Law Cybertecture

Technosphere by James Law Cybertecture

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It's been a while since we've taken a look at the weird and wonderful canvas that is Dubai's skyline of the future, and this proposal from James Law Cybertecture would slot neatly in among radical designs like the Almeisan Tower and the spiraling ZPO. Shaped like a giant disco ball, the Technosphere is conceived as a self-sustaining model of the Earth in miniature incorporating a range of active and passive systems to meet these goals.

The carbon-neutral Technosphere would house office and residential space as well as a hotel and public areas that enable it to function as a tourist attraction. Water would be recycled within the building and solar power used to supplement energy needs. Carefully positioned sky gardens provide passive solar shielding and help keep the air fresh.

The building is proposed as the hub of Dubai's Technopark city development, an economic center which focuses on environmentally critical sectors such as water resource management and alternative energy development. It will house 60,000 permanent residents and employ over 133,000 people.

Via Inhabitat via World Architecture News.

5 Comments

i wonder what dubai will look like in 20 years.

it would probably look like the city in the movie starwars.

bio-power jeff
4th November, 2009 @ 09:55 pm PST

Something like that already exists at the Cite des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris, France, it's called "La Geode". -- http://www.paris.org/Musees/Cite/gifs/cite2b.html

tr00don
27th November, 2009 @ 07:47 am PST

mos eisley perhaps?

pATREUS
27th November, 2009 @ 10:43 am PST

I assume you're talking about Coruscant, the imperial center of the movies. The problem is that it will actually probably end up looking like Mos Eisley, the beat up starport in the Tatooine desert. Dubai is on the verge of defaulting on nearly $100 billion dollars in loans. They tried to do too much too quickly and had a "build it and they will come" attitude, which hasn't borne fruit. Raw ambition and arrogance are a poor mixture. Once the banks foreclose, there won't be much left of the skyscrapers and artificial islands.

Gadgeteer
27th November, 2009 @ 11:19 am PST

not with a debt of $60 billion they can't seem to pay

Dee Barry
27th November, 2009 @ 02:01 pm PST
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