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Top architect to showcase ‘green’ designs

Dubai, September 30, 2009

Japanese firm Nikken Sekkei, a world leader sustainable design and architecture, will present a series of selected ‘green’ designs from its extensive regional and international portfolio at the major property show Cityscape Dubai.

The business-to-business real estate event will take place from at the October 5 to 8 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

“The general public is more environmentally aware than ever before and carbon emissions are a contentious issue,” said Mitsuo Nakamura, chairman of Nikken Sekkei.

“Developers are now insisting on structural designs that comply with LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) standards and the use of environmentally friendly materials and coatings,” he added.

“Building owners are now also more commercially aware of the benefits of embracing sustainable design, in relation to maintenance and management costs over the lifetime of the building. So once again, Cityscape Dubai will provide us with an appropriate platform to demonstrate our sustainable design excellence capable of delivering substantial energy savings.”

Nikken Sekkei, which in previous years unveiled ECO Towers and Cool City, two projects using market-tested and advanced solutions in energy saving, will be highlighting more unique and innovative ideas of what sustainable architecture will look like in 2020.

“By utilising the latest technology that is not only accessible but cost-effective, we are creating practical but innovative designs aimed at maintaining optimum performance levels in energy consumption and water conservation,” said Dr Fadi Jabri, general manager of Nikken Sekkei’s office in the UAE.

“These designs can dramatically reduce carbon emissions, up to 60 per cent in some cases and it is only through constantly pushing the barriers of design excellence that we have sustained our market-leading position, in a diverse range of sectors from industrial, commercial and public to healthcare, educational, sports and transportation,” he added.

The technically advanced projects to be showcased this year include Mode-Gakuen Spiral Towers, Pola Museum of Art, Tokyo Midtow, Toho Gakuen School of Music Annex, Shibuya New Cultural District Development Project, Dongdaemun Development Project, Guangzhou New Library, Citic Plaza as well as local projects such as Burj Al Alam and Jumeira Gardens Techonopreneur City. – TradeArabia News Service

Tags: architecture | Cityscape Dubai | Nikken Sekkei | Japanese | Green designs |

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