Wednesday, 18 March 2015 00:00

UltraRope

Sometimes it is the unexpected or overlooked that can have the greatest impact. UltraRope is a new carbon-fibre cable for lift shafts that could revolutionise our skylines, and possibly even our journeys through space

Published in Features
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 12:03

Leadenhall Building

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' most recent addition to the City of London's skyline is surprisingly sensitive at ground level for a building that needs to pay its own way, says Douglas Murphy

Published in News

In this podcast, the structural engineer discusses her work on The Shard and the role of tall buildings in tackling London's problems

Published in Comment
Thursday, 04 April 2013 13:09

The Shard by Renzo Piano

London’s newest attraction – the 244m-high viewing platform of Renzo Piano’s Shard, western Europe’s tallest building – opened to the public in February. Is it worth climbing up this very tall building just to look back down to where you came from? And are buildings like these more about the view than the architecture?

Published in Features
Thursday, 21 March 2013 16:50

Adrian Smith: the world's tallest buildings

Adrian Smith made his name as a creator of giants: he is the architect responsible for several of the tallest buildings in the world, including Dubai’s 828m Burj Khalifa, and is designing several more. So, what do you do next if you know the sky is the limit?

Published in Features
Friday, 01 February 2013 13:10

Icon 117: Skyscrapers

In this issue Icon talks to Adrian Smith, chief architect of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Smith has been designing skyscrapers for 44 years and is working on an even taller tower in Saudi Arabia. Winy Maas of MVRDV tells us about his pixel towers project, and we take in the view from Renzo Piano’s Shard in London. Plus: the latest Scandinavian designs in this month’s design report.

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