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Wed 6 Feb 2008 04:00 AM

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Standing tall

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat to hold 8th World Congress in the UAE.

The 8th World Congress of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) takes place in Dubai from March 3-5, 2008, and-alongside issues like rapid urbanization and changing social demographics-will explore the theme of skyscrapers in creating sustainable cities.

"Tall buildings play a key role in creating denser cities by accommodating more people on smaller parcels of land and, therefore, reduce the overall impact of buildings upon the world's climate," explained Antony Wood, CTBUH executive director and keynote speaker at the congress.

This will be the first time the CTBUH World Congress will be held in Dubai, which is particularly timely considering the Burj Dubai was recently named the ‘world's tallest building'.

Students from various universities from across the globe will present academic papers and designs that deal with matters including the use of wind power in high-rise buildings and steel reinforced frames.

Split over three days, the Congress will tackle the primary themes of urban sustainability, mega-projects and the latest developments in articulated sustainable towers.

Speakers at the Congress will include Burj Dubai designer Adrian Smith (Adrian Smith+Gordon Gill Architects) and Rem Koolhaas (OMA), who designed, and is currently the head architect, on the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, PRC.

Technical tours of major Dubai architectural landmarks including the Burj Al Arab and Emirates Towers will also be available for visitors and delegates.

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