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Norman Foster is one of the most important architects practicing in the world today. His practice, Foster + Partners, is based in London but has project offices worldwide. Since its foundation in 1967, the practice has pioneered a sustainable approach to architecture and ecology through a strikingly wide range of projects, from urban master plans, airports, civic and cultural buildings, offices and workplaces to private houses and product design.

Foster has completed projects as diverse as the Reichstag, Berlin’s new Parliament, Chek Lap Kok International Airport in Hong Kong and the Great Court at the British Museum in London. Recent work includes the Hearst Tower New York, Millau Viaduct in France and Beijing Airport. Norman Foster was appointed to the Order of Merit by the Queen in 1997. In 1999 he was honoured with a life peerage, taking the title Lord Foster of Thames Bank and won the Pritzker Architecture Prize the same year.

The Palm Island,

Dubai UAE



An awe-inspiring engineering feat, Dubai Palm Islands is definitely the largest artificial islands on earth. These Islands are three man made islands in the form of massive palm trees connected to the beaches of Dubai. The first island is the Palm Jumeirah, Jebel Ali Palm second and the third is the Palm Deira which is the biggest of them all. This artificial archipelago located off the coastline of United Arab Emirates in Persian Gulf.

Dubai islands project was commissioned by Sheikh Mohammed in an effort to maximize beachfront property. Dubai’s palm tree-shaped resort island on land built from the sea will contribute 120 km of beaches. Aside from the construction of the ambitious expansion, there is also the problem of constructing a mini city, which consists of 4,500 high-end residential homes, miles of roads, luxurious hotels and many amenities that will require basic human resources including electricity, safe drinking water and many more. This enormous project will position Dubai as one of the top tourist destinations in the world.


Award 2012

Rem Koolhaas


2012 Jencks Award winner Rem Koolhaas has, more than any other architect of his generation, invested in the creation of two parallel lives — one of theory and one of the practice of architecture.

This double venture is marked by his twin studios, OMA and AMO, the Office of Metropolitan Architecture and the Architecture Media Organisation. The separation of these ‘Siamese twins’ is intended to ‘liberate architectural thinking from architectural practice.’
In this lecture, Rem Koolhaas charts the evolution of his ideas and built projects. From urban provocations and interventions to award winning schemes around the world, he is today one of architecture’s most potent forces.

The lecture is chaired by Charles Jencks, designer, author and broadcaster.

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