One good turn

The Middle East, and Dubai in particular, has gained quite a reputation for innovative, outstanding and sometimes just outright incredible architecture.

The Middle East, and Dubai in particular, has gained quite a reputation for innovative, outstanding and sometimes just outright incredible architecture.

But even in a place where record-breaking structures spring up almost as soon as they're sketched out, David Fisher's Dynamic Tower design still managed to make all of us gasp.

There probably isn't a more appropriate project for the 'new' architecture we're seeing in Dubai. Big emphasis placed on sustainability? Check. A distinctive icon? Check. A trip into the realms of science fiction with voice activated rotating floors? Check.

Dynamic Tower is perhaps the 'classic' Dubai project and there's nothing like it in the region. But of course, a building doesn't have to be outlandish or raise collective astonishment from the general population. Great building design takes on as many forms as buildings can themselves - something that the Middle East Architect Awards will recognise and reward.

Nominations for the awards, which take place on 8th October at the Westin Hotel, Dubai, are now open and we want to hear from you, the industry, about what you really think represents the best of architecture in the Middle East.

We're pleased to have some of the best in the business supporting this celebration, including Dubai Properties and Arup as our Platinum and Gold sponsors respectively.

Categories are still open for sponsorship, so if you'd like to help make the MEA Awards a truly special occasion, contact Keiron Gallagher at keiron.gallagher@itp.com or +971 4 435 6349.

James Boley is the assistant editor of Middle East Architect.

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