Fisher baits industry over Dynamic Tower location

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The location of the 80-storey Dynamic Tower has been finalised, the architect of the project David Fisher said last week.

But the exact location, which is believed to be in Dubai, is being kept under wraps until an official announcement is made, which Fisher said will happen in "two to three months time."

Fisher has refused to speculate on the location of the tower, which has been hampered by delays in acquiring land approval since its official launch at a New York press conference last June.

But Fisher confirmed that the location would not be adjacent to the Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, as previous reports and artists' impressions have suggested.

The architect has promised to revolutionise traditional construction methods by using prefabricated units manufactured in an Italian factory and shipped to Dubai, which will be attached on-site to a central core.

"I don't even like to call the site a construction site," Fisher said. "I prefer to refer to it as an assembly location."

Speaking to a room full of contractors and developers at the Arabian World Construction Summit, flamboyant Fisher took the opportunity to highlight the failure of traditional construction cycles to evolve in line with technological advances.

"Building methods have failed to develop with technology," he said.

"All over the Roman Empire we built roads, bridges and aqueducts.

"I want to excuse myself with the developers and the engineers, but nothing has changed for 2000 years. Not much in any case," he said.

He went on to say that the construction of the Dynamic Tower would take nothing more than 22 months from the start of excavations, and would require a 90-strong labour force, as opposed to the 2000-strong force required for construction of a similar size tower using traditional construction methods.

Fisher said it would be the first rotating tower of its kind.

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