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AYN RAND, SORRY YOU MISSED THIS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJRDZE5xW2Y
http://www.madarchitect.org/super-structures/construction-for-the-rotating-tower-in-dubai-to-begin-this-month/#more-264
http://www.videonewswire.com/event.asp
http://www.dynamicarchitecture.net/brochure-Dubai/Brochure-Dubai.zip

http://www.dynamicarchitecture.net/dubai.html
http://www.dynamicarchitecture.net/moscow.html
http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/10/17/wind-shaped-pavilion/
http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/12/14/new-dubai-tower-clocks-the-sun/

FORM AND FUNCTION
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7472722.stm
Dubai plans ‘moving’ skyscraper

The world’s first moving building, an 80-story tower with revolving
floors giving a shifting shape, will be built in Dubai, its architect
says. The Dynamic Tower design is made up of 80 pre-fabricated
apartments which will spin independently of one another. “It’s the
first building that rotates, moves, and changes shape,” said architect
David Fisher, who is Italian, at a news conference in New York. “This
building never looks the same, not once in a lifetime,” he added.

The 420-metre (1,378-foot) building’s apartments would spin a full 360
degrees, at voice command, around a central column by means of 79
giant power-generating wind turbines located between each floor. The
slender building would be energy self-sufficient as the turbines would
produce enough electricity to power the entire building and even feed
extra power back into the grid, said the Italian architect at the
unveiling of the project in New York. The apartments, which will take
between one and three hours to make a complete rotation, will cost
from $3.7m to $36m.

There are also plans to build a similar, 70-story skyscraper in
Moscow. “I call these buildings designed by time, shaped by life,”
said the Florence-based architect, who has never built a sky-scraper
before. “These buildings will open our vision all around, to a new
life.” The skyscraper will cost an estimated $700m to build and should
be up and running in Dubai in 2010.

BUILDING IN MOTION
http://www.dynamicarchitecture.net/building.html
“Visionary architect Dr. David Fisher is the creator of the
revolutionary Dynamic Tower, the world’s first building in motion. The
Dynamic Tower heralds a new era of architecture: Buildings in motion
will challenge traditional architecture, becoming the symbol of a new
philosophy that will change the look of our cities and the concept of
living. The Dynamic Tower offers infinite design possibilities, as
each floor rotates independently at different speeds, resulting in a
unique and ever evolving shape that introduces a fourth dimension to
architecture, Time.

The Dynamic Tower is environmentally friendly, with the ability to
generate electricity for itself as well as other buildings nearby
making it the first building designed to be self-powered, it achieves
this feat with wind turbines fitted between each rotating floor. An 80-
story building will have up to 79 wind turbines, making it a true
green power plant. The Dynamic Tower is also the first skyscraper to
be built entirely from prefabricated parts that are custom made in a
workshop, resulting of fast construction and of substantial cost
savings . this approach known as the Fisher Method, also requires far
less workers on construction site while each floor of the building can
be completed in only seven days, units can also be customized
according to the owners needs and styles.

Dr. Fisher states, “Today’s life is dynamic, so the space we are
living in should be dynamic as well, adjustable to our needs that
change continuously, to our concept of design and to our mood,
buildings will follow the rhythms of nature, they will change
direction and shape from spring to summer, from sunrise to sunset, and
adjust themselves to the weather, buildings will be alive. “From now
on, buildings will have four dimensions, the fourth dimension is
‘Time’ to become part of architecture,” Dr. Fisher added. “Buildings
in motion will shape the sky line of our cities. By combining motion,
green energy and efficient construction, the Dynamic Tower will change
architecture as we know it, and will start a new era of Dynamic
Living.”

GENERATES OWN ELECTRICITY, SELLS SURPLUS TO GRID
http://www.dynamicarchitecture.net/green.html
“The Dynamic Tower, the world’s first building in motion, takes the
concept of green buildings to the next level were it will generate
electricity for itself as well as other nearby buildings, making it
the first skyscraper designed to be self powered. The building
generates electricity from wind turbines mounted horizontally between
each floor, eighty story building will have up to seventy nine wind
turbines, making it a true green power plant while traditional
vertical wind turbines have some environmental negative impact,
including obstruction of views and the need for roads to build and
maintain them, the Dynamic Tower’s wind turbines are practically
invisible and extremely quiet due to their special shape and the
carbon fibre material they are made of.

Another environmentally green element of the Dynamic Tower is the
photovoltaic cells that will be placed on the roof of each rotating
floor to produce solar energy, approximately 20% of each roof will be
exposed to the sun, so a building that has 80 roofs will equal the
roofing space of 10 similar size buildings. In addition, natural and
recyclable materials including stone, marble, glass and wood will be
used for the interior finishing. To further improve the energy
efficiency of the Dynamic Tower, insulated glass and structural
insulating panels will be employed. Energy will also be saved during
construction, which involves pre-fabricating individual units in a
factory, this Fisher Method not only reduces construction time, but it
also results in a cleaner construction site with limited noise, dust,
fumes and waste, the shorter building time also results in a less
energy consumption than traditional construction methods.”

PREFABRICATED
http://www.dynamicarchitecture.net/prefabrication.html
“Dr. David Fisher’s revolutionary Dynamic Tower, the first building in
motion which is the first skyscraper to be entirely assembled in a
factory from prefabricated parts, factory made buildings will offers
the advantages of any modern industrial product, it saves energy,
reduces construction time and dramatically cuts building costs. The
prefabricated units arrive at the building site ready for quick and
efficient installation, this approach known as the Fisher Method also
requires far less workers on the construction site than traditional
traditionally, In fact each floor of the building can be completed in
only seven days, units can also be customized according to the owners’
needs and styles.

Each individual unit will be completely finished at the Factory and
exported worldwide, it will be equipped with all necessary plumbing
and electric systems including all finishing from flooring to
ceilings, bathrooms, kitchens, cabinets, lighting and furniture. The
preassembled units are simply hooked to each other mechanically, this
results in environmentally clean construction sites, avoiding
unloading of materials, waste, noise and pollution, there will be less
risk of accidents to construction workers, and construction time will
be reduced by over 30 percent. due to their particular construction
method, prefabricated buildings will also be easy to maintain and
repair, the building’s maintenance facility, type of materials used,
and the quality control employed will also make them more durable than
any traditional structure.

Since the ancient Egyptians built the pyramids not much has changed in
the world of building construction, workers placed a stone on top of
another, and brick on top of brick, in 1889, the use of steel was
introduced into construction for the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and
beginning in 1905 reinforced concrete was used, with the start of the
Industrial Revolution in 1780, products began to be made in factories
using industrial methods, but today buildings are still done on site
as they were 4,000 years ago. “Almost every product used today is the
result of an industrial process and can be transported around the
world, from cars and boats to computers and clothing, factories are
chosen for their ready access to materials, production technology,
inexpensive labour, efficiency, and other conditions that result in
high quality at a relatively low cost,” Dr. Fisher noted. “It is
unbelievable that real estate and construction which is the leading
sector of the world economy, is also the most primitive, for example
most workers throughout the world still regularly use trowels that was
first used by the Egyptians and then by the Romans, buildings should
not be different than any other product, and from now on they will be
manufactured in a production facility,” Dr. Fisher stated.

The Dynamic Tower represents the future of architecture, resulting in
a new era of living that will benefit both man and nature. Renowned
Italian architect Dr. David Fisher is the creator of the Dynamic
Tower, a building in motion. He has spent more than 30 years working
to redefine the technical and technological extremes of buildings in
cities like London, New York, Moscow, Hong Kong, Paris and Dubai, he
graduated with honors from the University of Florence where later he
served as a professor of architecture and structural engineering.
Fisher is the creator of the world’s first building in motion, the
Dynamic Tower heralds a new era of architecture buildings in motion
that will challenge traditional architecture to become the symbol of a
new philosophy that will change the look of our cities and the concept
of urban living.”

CONTACT
David Fisher
http://www.dynamicarchitecture.net/contact.html
email : info [at] dynamicarchitecture [dot] net

BIO
http://www.dynamicarchitecture.net/the-architect.html
“Dr. David Fisher the visionary architect and creator of the Dynamic
Tower, the world’s first building in motion, began his career in
Florence Italy, after graduating with honour in architecture from the
University of Florence, he became later a lecturer of Architecture and
Structural Engineering at the same university. Over the last three
decades, he have been passionately designing buildings in harmony with
nature, as well as redefining the technical and technological extremes
of buildings, particularly in major cities like London, Moscow, Hong
Kong, Paris and Dubai.

At the same time, Dr. Fisher have been involved in restoring ancient
monuments and in designing public buildings through the New York
office of Fiteco Ltd, which he launched in the 1980s. Dr. Fisher
becomes involved in the prefabrication and construction technologies
as well as in the building and development of various hotel projects.
Among the technologies he developed was the “Smart Marble bathrooms”
by Leonardo Da Vinci system, a completely pre-assembled marble
construction for luxury hotels and homes. The Smart Bathroom is the
first mechanical approach to civil construction and the only existing
factory produced and integrated bathroom system, Dr. Fisher’s LDV
Group first incorporated this system into the Le Meridian hotel in
Dubai, where he extended his work to construction sites in different
locations throughout the world, such as Milan, London, Moscow, Paris
and Hong Kong. INFINITY Design company is Dr. Fisher’s architectural
office that is located in Florence however Dr. Fisher cannot be
considered an architect in the traditional sense of the word.

Throughout his professional life, he mastered a wide range of
experiences in the world of construction, from teacher to designer,
from preparing feasibility studies to allocation of finance for large
projects, from construction management to real estate development,
from designing products to the construction and management of large
industrial plants.  He considers architecture to be a combination of
feasibility, functionality and engineering. His experience in all of
these areas has provided him with vast knowledge in the field, and
prepared him to revolutionize traditional building techniques with the
architecture of the future. Dr. Fisher’s professional activity has
always been focused on two concepts: an industrial approach involving
the use of prefabricated units, and Dynamic Architecture, where the
traditional three-dimensional design meets a fourth dimension: Time.
With his new Dynamic Towers, he is transforming time to herald a New
Era of Architecture.”

GET YOURS NOW
http://www.dynamicarchitecture.net/
email : dubai [at] dynamicarchitecture [dot] net

CREATING MARKET VALUE
http://propdubai.com/news/1202/index.php
Dynamic Tower launched by architect Dr. David Fisher  /  June 25, 2008

Rotating Tower Technology Company, headed by the Dynamic Architecture
Group, announced the opening on June 24 of the reservations list for
the first Dynamic Tower in Dubai. The company has also revealed the
design and master plan of the rotating building, which will have 80
floors and be 420 meters (1,380 feet) tall. Apartments will range in
size from 124 square meters (1,330 square feet), to Villas of 1,200
square meters (12,900 square feet) complete with a parking space
inside the apartment.

Dr. Fisher also announced that the second Dynamic Tower planned for
Moscow is now in the advanced design phase, with preassembling of the
units to begin in the 4th quarter of 2008, and completion scheduled
for 2010. The developer is the Mirax Group, headed by leading
international developer Sergei Polonsky. The Moscow tower, which will
have 70 floors and be 400 meters (1,310 feet) tall, will be located in
Moscow City, the new prestigious area of the Russian capital. ‘Our
intention is to build the third Dynamic Tower in New York,’ Dr. Fisher
stated. ‘Additional Dynamic Towers will be built around the world,
following an expression of interest from developers, governments, and
public officials to construct a Dynamic Tower in Canada, Germany,
Italy, Korea and Switzerland.’

The Dynamic Tower offers infinite design possibilities, as each floor
rotates independently to create a building that constantly changes
shape, resulting in a unique and ever evolving architectural
structure. ‘The Dynamic Tower is environmentally friendly and the
first building designed to be self-powered, with the ability to
generate electricity for itself, as well as for other nearby
buildings. It achieves this feat with wind turbines fitted between
each rotating floor. An 80-story building will have up to 79 wind
turbines, making it a true green power plant,’ Dr. Fisher stated.

The Dynamic Tower is also the first skyscraper to be built entirely
from prefabricated parts that are custom made in a workshop, resulting
in cost savings of at least 20 percent. This approach, known as the
Fisher Method, also requires far fewer workers on the construction
site, thereby dramatically lowering construction costs. ‘Each floor of
the building can be completed in only seven days. From now on,
buildings will be made in a factory,’ Dr. Fisher said.

By combining motion, green energy and efficient construction, the
Dynamic Tower will change architecture as we know it, and herald a new
era of Dynamic Living. Renowned Italian architect Dr. David Fisher is
the creator of the Dynamic Tower, a building in motion. He has spent
more than 30 years working to redefine the technical and technological
extremes of buildings in cities like London, New York, Moscow, Hong
Kong, Paris and Dubai.

AMATEUR, IN THE ENGLISH SENSE
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-david-fisher-architect-080625-ht,0,4537094.story
David Fisher, architect  /  June 25, 2008

An Italian architect said he is poised to start construction on a new
skyscraper in Dubai that will be “the world’s first building in
motion,” an 80-story tower with revolving floors that give it an ever-
shifting shape. The spinning floors, hung like rings around an
immobile cement core, would offer residents a constantly changing view
of the Persian Gulf and the city’s futuristic skyline. A few penthouse
villas would spin on command using a voice-activated computer. The
motion of the rest of the building would be choreographed in patterns
that could be altered over time. Speaking at a news conference in New
York on Tuesday, the building’s designer, David Fisher, declared that
his tower will revolutionize the way skyscrapers are made — a claim
that might strike some as excessively bold. Fisher acknowledges that
he is not well known, has never built a skyscraper before and hasn’t
practiced architecture regularly in decades.

But he insisted his lack of experience wouldn’t stop him from
completing the project, which has attracted top design talent,
including Leslie E. Robertson, the structural engineer for the World
Trade Center and the Shanghai World Financial Center. “I did not
design skyscrapers, but I feel ready to do so,” Fisher said. Twisting
floors are just one of several futuristic features in the building,
the first of several Fisher hopes to build with a similar design.
Giant wind turbines installed between every floor, he said, will
generate enough electricity to power the entire building, and lifts
will allow penthouse residents to park their cars right at their
apartments. A second version of the tower, to be built in Moscow,
would have a retractable helicopter pad. Both structures, at over
1,300 feet, would be taller than the Empire State Building.

Even the method of construction would be unorthodox. Fisher said each
floor will be prefabricated in an Italian factory, then shipped to the
site to be attached to the core. Assembling a building in this
fashion, he said, will require only 80 technicians and take only 20
months, saving tens of millions of dollars, for a total cost of $700
million to build. On its face, the project seems to pose a number of
complicated engineering puzzles. How would the plumbing hookups work
in an apartment that is constantly moving? Fisher said the pipes will
connect to the core via attachments similar to the ones used by
military aircraft for in-flight refueling. Wouldn’t people get dizzy?
No, says Fisher. The rotations will be slow enough that no one will
notice. With so many moving parts, wouldn’t the building be a
maintenance nightmare? Fisher said the building’s modular construction
will allow easy access to parts that need to be replaced.

Robertson, who attended Tuesday’s news conference, said that the
skyscraper might be unusual, but is “absolutely” buildable. “You can
build anything,” he said, smiling. Fisher declined to say exactly
where in Dubai the tower will be built or when site work might begin.
He insisted, however, that factory production is set to start within
weeks and that the tower, which will contain office space, a luxury
hotel and apartments, will be complete by 2010. Sales of individual
apartments will begin in September, with asking prices of around
$3,000 per square foot. The smallest, at 1,330 square feet, would cost
about $4 million and the largest, a 12,900-square-foot villa, $38.7
million.

Skeptics might question Fisher’s credentials to pull off the job. In a
biography he had been distributing for months, he said he graduated
from the University of Florence in 1976, came to New York in the
mid-1980s and later developed hotels and ran a company that
specialized in stone and prefabricated construction materials. The
biography also said he received an honorary doctorate from “The Prodeo
Institute at Columbia University in New York.” No such institution
exists, however, and Columbia said it had never awarded Fisher an
honorary degree. Asked to explain the discrepancy, Fisher said,
through his New York publicists, that he had been awarded the degree
by the Catholic University of Rome during a ceremony in 1994 held at
the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, which is near Columbia’s
campus. Asked again to clarify the name of the school that conferred
the degree, Fisher’s publicists said in an e-mail that the information
has been removed from his bio “because he wants to be entirely
accurate and cannot be with this information.”