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22/04/15
The Silver Rush Begins: Eric Kuhne interviewed as Silvertown gets green light VIEW

31/03/15
Big news for Bellingham: CivicArts concept masterplan helps seal deal VIEW

15/05/14
Island Gardens Miami gets the green light VIEW

16/03/14
Green Shoots for Garden City: George Osbourne gives backing to Ebsfleet VIEW

01/08/13
Great new ways: Eric Kuhne sheds light on Paxton's grand design VIEW

22/07/13
Building better by example: Headwaters Park encourages good design VIEW

23/05/13
Letter of the week: Eric Kuhne responds to AJ article on Titanic Quarter VIEW

10/05/13
Cracking ad campaign: Wallace and Gromit's Titanic adventure VIEW

02/05/13
Numbers that speak for themselves: Titanic Belfast's maiden statistics VIEW

11/10/12
An exchange of ideas: CivicArts plays host to the APECF delegation VIEW

19/09/12
Headwaters Park Development Symposium: Eric Kuhnes visionary mind to be 'tapped again' VIEW

10/08/12
Let there be Light: Work begins on CivicArts' Tower of Light at Mid Valley Gardens VIEW

03/08/12
Experience Eric: Watch Eric Kuhne's speech at the TILE Experience Economy Forum VIEW

01/05/12
A lot to talk about: Eric Kuhne interviewed in article on 'ReThinking a Lot' VIEW

18/04/12
Blueprint for Belfast icon: Read Blueprint's review of Titanic Belfast VIEW

12/04/12
Titanic plans to transform Belfast's cityscape VIEW

11/04/12
Will Belfast become "Titanic City"? VIEW

05/04/12
Inside Titanic Belfast VIEW

04/04/12
Belfast wagers on Titanic's unsinkable appeal VIEW

02/04/12
Titanic return for 105-year-old VIEW

01/04/12
Derelict Titanic shipyard revitalised for 100th anniversary VIEW

31/03/12
Titanic Belfast opens doors to public VIEW

30/03/12
Titanic Belfast exhibit opening where doomed ship built VIEW

19/03/12
Billboard Belfast: Titanic Belfast becomes platform for promoting Northern Ireland VIEW

11/03/12
Songs from the Shipyards: Titanic Belfast featured on 'Songs of Praise' VIEW

01/03/12
The Opening Draws Near: 30 days till Titanic Belfast launches VIEW

09/02/12
It's a sign! Steel TITANIC installed on Queen's Island VIEW

01/02/12
Two months to Launch: Titanic Belfast nears the end of the rainbow VIEW

20/12/11
Hear the Heartbeat: Titantic Belfast trailer now on YouTube VIEW

11/11/11
Like ships in the night: New nocturnal images of Titanic Belfast VIEW

09/08/11
Clad Tidings: Titanic Signature Project's plates in place VIEW

04/08/11
Signature Project to get the Full Picture: Dr Robert Ballard prepares to return to Titanic VIEW

28/06/11
The Book of the Mall: Two CivicArts projects published in ArtPower's 'More? Mall!' VIEW

03/06/11
Midway Gardens, Istanbul: A blueprint for successful symbiotic activity VIEW

31/05/11
Marking a moment in time: Belfast commemorates Titanic's launch VIEW

24/05/11
Powering through the pipeline: Titanic Signature Project progresses VIEW

06/04/11
Prime Example: Eric to speak at the e.g. 5 conference this Friday VIEW

25/03/11
Coming ashore in style: See CivicArts' scheme for a luxury liner terminal in Istanbul VIEW

23/03/11
Viva Las Vegas: CivicArts' horseshoe scheme deals a new hand to the city of dreams VIEW

22/03/11
Speaking in Stockholm: Eric Kuhne to present '5 CITIES FOR THE FUTURE' at Kopcentrumdagen VIEW

09/02/11
Re-imagining Retail: CivicArts transforms Chadstone into a town centre VIEW

04/02/11
Building Pictures: Donal Mc Cann begins his portrait of the Signature Project VIEW

14/12/10
Water under the bridge?: Read Bluewater press cuttings from the EKA archive VIEW

24/11/10
New face on the net: Al Wady Gardens gets its own Facebook page VIEW

23/11/10
Eric currently being interviewed by Ben Thompson, editor of MENA Infrastructure magazine VIEW

23/11/10
Saving the best till last: Eric closes the first day of The Big 5 VIEW

18/11/10
Book & Blog, Twitter & Tube: Follow our Multidisciplinary Practice through Multiple Media VIEW

16/11/10
New signature on Belfast's skyline: Titanic Signature Project takes shape VIEW

04/11/10
Letter on a Lecture: Paul Finch records his thoughts on Eric's Berlin presentation VIEW

29/10/10
City of Silk and Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens win Arabian Property Awards VIEW

22/10/10
An Eye to the Future: Eric joins the judging panel at the World Retail Conference VIEW

21/10/10
Presenting the Future: Eric addresses the World Retail Conference in Berlin VIEW

14/10/10
A Riverfront Reborn: A vision for Griffintown's renaissance VIEW

12/10/10
Building Narratives in Boston: Eric explains architecture's story-telling qualities at the BBF VIEW

11/10/10
Hot Property: Eric explores 'The Prophesy of Leisure' at London's Property Investor Show VIEW

30/09/10
New Life along the Lachine: Two weeks till release of Griffintown, Montreal VIEW

23/09/10
A New Pearl in Paradise: Manama Lagoon adds layers of luxury to Bahrain VIEW

16/09/10
Arabian Accolades: CivicArts succeeds in winning two International Property Awards VIEW

15/09/10
Layers, Leaves and Light: New pictures of Mid Valley Gardens VIEW

10/09/10
Something in the Pipeline: Watch Al Wady Gardens on YouTube VIEW

09/09/10
Graceful living by the Gulf: Manama Lagoon to be released in two weeks VIEW

08/09/10
A Land of Luxury Along the Wadi: Al Wady Gardens released online VIEW

01/09/10
Palatial Patterns in the Sand: One week till Al Wady Gardens comes to the website VIEW

27/08/10
A New Reel on Riyadh: Film of Al Wady Gardens released VIEW

11/08/10
Tower in Waiting: New images of the proposed V Building VIEW

04/06/10
Storeys for stories: Titanic Signature Project takes shape VIEW

06/05/10
Lasting Legacy: FX magazine salutes Bluewater's enduring quality VIEW

11/03/10
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference video: "Starcatchers versus Skyscrapers" VIEW

22/02/10
CTBUH Summary: 'We are constructing today what had been dreams just a few years ago' VIEW

21/01/10
Leading the Pack: Burj Mubarak al Kabir tops Popular Mechanic's survey of future skyscrapers VIEW

04/12/09
Firm Foundations: 4,000 tons of concrete poured into the Titanic Signature Project VIEW

04/11/09
Executive Decision: Titanic Quarter receives a 10m endorsement from Belfast City Council VIEW

03/11/09
43.5 million pound grant from Government keeps Titanic Quarter steaming ahead VIEW

22/10/09
Eric to present the case for 'Starcatchers versus Skyscrapers' at Chicago conference VIEW

01/07/09
Good news will travel: Titanic Quarter graces easyJet Traveller magazine VIEW

01/05/09
Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens and the debate on Dubai's sustainable future VIEW

31/03/09
Burj Mubarak Al Kabir features in Science Illustrated's lineup of tall buildings VIEW

25/03/09
Eric Kuhne lays out his vision for integrated architecture and civic arts in Landscape VIEW

22/03/09
Flagstone Properties presses ahead with the long-awaited Island Gardens, Miami VIEW

20/02/09
Passionate Visionary: Read the Eric Kuhne interview with Men's Passion magazine VIEW

13/02/09
Extreme Exposure: Burj Mubarak al Kabir graces the cover of Popular Science VIEW

26/01/09
Eric Kuhne attends the Nordic Urban Design Conference in Bergen, Norway as Keynote Speaker VIEW

20/01/09
The Tallest Towers in 2020: The Council on Tall Buildings measures up the Burj Mubarak al Kabir VIEW

07/01/09
Excited bloggers are already posting photos of the newly opened Mid Valley Gardens... VIEW

06/01/09
Island Gardens anticipates wildlife sanctuary for birds at Biscayne Bay and Watson Island VIEW

29/11/08
Belfast News Letter: Titanic building 'will be icon' VIEW

28/11/08
Belfast Telegraph City News : Titanic rises again in 100m plan VIEW

28/11/08
BBC News: Titanic project 'to benefit all' VIEW

27/11/08
BBC News: Executive launches Titanic funds VIEW

24/11/08
The Gulf Magazine, September 6-12, 2008: Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens VIEW

24/11/08
Executive Magazine Special report Oct 08: Kuwait's City of Silk VIEW

18/11/08
Building, Oct 08: Eric Kuhne interview: Aladdin's cave VIEW

14/11/08
Island Gardens Groundbreaking Bash VIEW

17/10/08
Burj Mubarak Al Kabir Tower features in Hyundai Genesis advert VIEW

17/10/08
Kuwait to invest in mega projects - Kuwait Times VIEW

29/08/08
MEA June 08 - Telling Stories: The City of Silk VIEW

29/08/08
Renowned architect slams snub to Arabic heritage VIEW

29/08/08
Arabian Business 21 August 2008: City of Silk

Arabian Business: City of Silk
by Tom Arnold on Thursday, 21 August 2008

Arabian Business examines the $132bn mega-development set to transform the future of Kuwait.

Stretching from the heart of Kuwait's northern desert to the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, a 250 sq km tract of desert will soon be transformed by one of the most exciting development projects ever to be undertaken in the Middle East.

With different districts covering business, leisure, academia and culture, in addition to a wildlife reserve and one of the world's tallest skyscrapers - a staggering 1001 metres in height - at its heart, Kuwait's $132bn City of Silk is ambitious even by the Gulf's extraordinary standards.

The Burj Mubarak Al-Kabir tower

Creating homes for 750,000 people and 430,000 jobs, Madinat Al Hareer, as it is known in Arabic, is aimed at diversifying the economy of the petroleum-rich kingdom away from its dependence on oil into sectors such as trading, financial services, real estate and tourism. In so doing, it is hoped that by 2030 the metropolis will contribute nearly $15bn to Kuwait’s annual GDP.

Named after the medieval trade route running between Europe and Asia, City of Silk plans to revive the historic link by becoming a major free trade zone connecting the two continents. The scheme was approved in November with the unanimous endorsement of Kuwait’s parliament, allowing the executive branch of the government to mobilise resources to begin the infrastructure planning.

City of Silk can count on the firm support of the Emir of Kuwait, HH Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, while the designs are being drawn up by London-based architects Eric R Kuhne and Associates. Leading Kuwaiti real estate company Tamdeen Corporation is acting as development and project manager of the scheme.

Located in Subbiya on the northernmost tip of Kuwait Bay close to the Iraq border, the metropolis will be the largest single real estate development in the Middle East and is due to be completed by 2023.

But as Eric Kuhne, managing director of Eric R Kuhne and Associates, is at pains to point out, City of Silk is aiming for something different.

“This is not just another real estate project but a real symbol of the Middle East,” he says. “The profound vision of City of Silk is not based on investors’ greed but on building a stronger regional economy.”

“I started drawing diagrams on a map, showing all these connections that Kuwait was going to be able to make, and you very quickly realise that Kuwait sits right in the middle of 30 Middle Eastern countries. The idea of recreating the Silk Route for the 21st century is a very attractive one.”

Originally conceived as one of seven city sites to accommodate the explosion of the expatriate population living in the kingdom, as well as the growing number of Kuwaitis returning to their homeland after the Gulf War in 1991, the plans have evolved since then.

The project’s budget has also changed, swelling from the original estimate of $86bn earlier this year to a hefty $132bn now, fuelled by Kuwait’s continuing oil wealth.

Kuhne insists the metropolis will differ from some other projects in the region.

“What we agreed is that with City of Silk we would honour the profound legacy of Middle East arts, science and culture that all other countries in the Arab world seem to have forsaken with developments,” he says.

“Instead of trying to build a city that’s just another European or North American anaemic master plan, City of Silk will look Arabic and celebrate Arabic culture, business and science,” he continues.

“Before the invasion [by Iraq in 1990] Kuwait was decades ahead of any other city in the Middle East and now after spreading its resources around the Middle East, it sees it as the time to restore itself to a position as a leader.”

The city will be divided into four distinct districts. Recreating the hustle and bustle of London’s commercial hub of Canary Wharf, the first zone, the City of Commerce, will be positioned on an inland waterway.

With room for commercial land in Kuwait City running out, the district will answer one of Kuwait’s most pressing needs by providing space for new businesses to establish themselves.

Hugging the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, the second centre, the City of Leisure, will harness river water to develop resort hotels, leisure villages and sandy beaches along a kilometre-long waterfront.

A centre for athletics, an academy of sport, a centre for sports medicine and an Olympic-standard sports complex to host Middle Eastern, Asian and international competitions will be incorporated within the district, along with a centre for sports medicine.

Building on Kuwait’s growing reputation as a producer of Arabic soap operas, the district will also feature a media city.

At the heart of City of Silk will be the third, and perhaps most ambitious zone, Ecology City, featuring a wildlife sanctuary, nature reserve and wetlands centre.

With nesting and spawning ranges, fresh water ponds and feeding grounds, the park will form part of the protected areas for migratory birds flying every year from the African continent to Central Asia.

“One of the terrible tragedies of the invasion [by Iraq] was the destruction of wetlands that migratory birds would use flying from the African continent to Central Asia,” says Kuhne.

“So we took a quarter of the total area, 49 sq km, and set it aside as a wildlife sanctuary in the middle of the other parts of the city,” he continues. “It includes two universities, one dealing with flora and the other with fauna.”

The fourth district is the Diplomatic Cultural Centre, which will be responsible for higher education facilities and accommodate graduate education and archaeology centres. Attracting diplomatic missions, the centre will also be a cultural hotspot with a major opera house and a performing arts centre.

The population of City of Silk will live within 30 communities made up of five to seven villages, with each community served by its own schools, healthcare facilities and employment. Weaving the fabric of these different areas together will be a network of parks and lakes, with the designers promising that everyone living within the development will be no more than three blocks away from open space.

In an effort to make City of Silk environmentally friendly, the intention is for it to be carbon neutral, with seven million trees planted around the metropolis, irrigated in part by salt water.

At the centrepiece of the city will be the Burj Mubarak Al-Kabir, which at 1001 metres will be one of the tallest towers in the world. Three propeller blades built near the top of the tower will carry a mosque, a church and a synagogue to signify the unity of the three monotheistic religions.

Kuhne says: “The prime minister and the chairman of Tamdeen Corporation had said they wanted the tallest building in the world. I told them ‘we don’t have to be the tallest, but we have to be one of the best’.”

“It’s going to be 1001 metres because of the book 1001 Arabian Nights, so the architecture links in with the folk literature of the civilisation. In the book there are 234 stories so the tower will have 234 storeys,” he continues.

“The towers are actually seven villages stacked on top of one another, and between each of these 30-storey buildings are four levels of gardens, recreation facilities, shops, healthcare facilities, education facilities, police, fire and maintenance facilities.”

Serving the city will be state-of-the-art transport links by road, sea, air and rail.

A 26-km bridge will connect the city to Kuwait City, reducing the drive time to the capital to 17 minutes, rather than the usual 90-minute drive around Kuwait Bay. Work has already begun on the bridge, and highways and roads have been laid to pave the way for future development.

As part of the project, a new sea port will also be built on the biggest island in Kuwait, Bubiyan Island, to serve Kuwait, Iraq and Iran, in addition to acting as one of the closest sea ports to Central Asia.

A new airport will be built to ensure City of Silk’s inclusion in the global network of international cargo, passenger services and information.

Kuwait also wants to link its city by rail to Damascus, Baghdad, Iran and China. Slowly but surely, the new Silk Route is taking shape.

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23/07/08
The Guardian: Kuwait plans new 132bn metropolis VIEW

23/07/08
Outdoor Design magazine: Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens VIEW

17/07/08
Journal Gazette: Headwaters Park - A towering idea VIEW

17/07/08
Guardian article: cost of driving impact on out-of-town shopping VIEW

25/06/08
Panoramas of Darling Park's Cockle Bay Wharf VIEW

25/06/08
A Renaissance for Skyscrapers - NYTimes.com VIEW

25/05/08
Hotelier magazine - Middle East. Buliding Dreams VIEW

20/05/08
The National, Peter C Baker meets Eric Kuhne, the architectural evangelist VIEW

14/04/08
Video of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens launch VIEW

19/03/08
Kuwait details US$77 billion 'City of Silk' VIEW

06/03/08
Headwaters Park to announce possible new structures VIEW

06/03/08
A Towering Idea - Headwaters Park VIEW

04/03/08
City of Silk featured in Emirates' Portfolio Magazine VIEW

01/03/08
Architecture is the New Diplomacy VIEW

29/02/08
From Belfast to Kuwait comes the City of Silk VIEW

29/02/08
Camp David at Lake Borobay VIEW

22/02/08
World press reacts to City of Silk and 1001-Metre High Tower VIEW

14/01/08
Malaysian Business magazine on Mid Valley Gardens VIEW

13/12/07
Island Gardens web site launches with new images VIEW

04/12/07
Silk City sketches get final approval VIEW

26/11/07
Perspective magazine case studies Titanic Signature Project VIEW

25/11/07
Kuwait Burj-beater plans get green light VIEW

08/10/07
Birmingham press herald V Tower a landmark VIEW

03/10/07
Mid Valley Gardens opens in Kuala Lumpur VIEW

03/10/07
The Edge 24/09/07 Mid Valley Gardens: Breathing life into public spaces VIEW

28/09/07
Future of NI ports to be resolved in months VIEW

26/09/07
Mid-Valley Gardens scheme nears completion VIEW

15/08/07
Belfast’s Titanic Quarter on BBC ONE NI in Building Britain VIEW

15/08/07
Titanic Quarter hope big lottery deal floats: The Irish Times 16/07/07 VIEW

15/08/07
TQ magazine interviews Eric Kuhne about the Titanic Signature Project VIEW

09/07/07
Mid Valley Gardens progress: Office Towers take shape VIEW

25/06/07
Financial Times - Birmingham skyscraper plans rise again VIEW

19/06/07
The Birmingham Post - V Building plans submitted VIEW

17/06/07
AJ: Eric Kuhne reveals Titantic visitor centre in Belfast VIEW

06/06/07
DETI - Executive Backs Lottery Application For Titanic Project VIEW

24/04/07
Building For Life March 2007: The V Building VIEW

24/04/07
Lake Borovoye in The Independent MORE

16/04/07
V Building - Jersy Evening post article 27/03/07 VIEW

26/03/07
Birmingham looks up: The Times on the V Building VIEW

21/03/07
Civic Life Pageantry called for at Mixed-Use Conference 2006 VIEW

20/03/07
Building magazine: Kuhne's Arena Central tower unveiled at MIPIM MORE

20/03/07
New Statesman on Bluewater and the V&A's new architecture gallery VIEW

20/03/07
AJ: Kuhne unveils 50-storey tower for Birmingham VIEW

20/03/07
LunchoverIP: City of Silk at TED2007 MORE

20/03/07
V Tower in Sunday Times article on skyscraper spree VIEW

16/03/07
City of Silk (Madinat al Hareer) presentation receives standing ovation at TEDTalks 2007 VIEW

15/03/07
Birmingham Post reports on Brum’s V for victory VIEW

15/03/07
BBC news site reports on Arena Square’s V Tower VIEW

07/03/07
Estates Gazette profiles Eric Kuhne, March 2007 VIEW

05/03/07
D'Luxe magazine features Island Gardens, March 2006 VIEW

07/02/07
Photos from the Titanic Quarter launch event, 18th Jan 07 VIEW

06/02/07
Times article on Titanic Quarter, 2 Feb 2007 VIEW

27/11/06
The Mall of Kuwait is launched at Mapic VIEW

27/11/06
Mid Valley Gardens progress. Works through months October and November 2006 VIEW

16/08/06
Mid Valley Gardens progress VIEW

14/07/06
Telegraph article on development in Dubai, 6 May 2006 VIEW

10/07/06
Press announces Birmingam Tower VIEW

18/04/06
Madinat Al Hareer - Al Anbaa, Al Watan, Al Seyassah press clippings VIEW

18/04/06
Madinat Al Hareer - AJ, New Scientist, New York Times press clippings VIEW

31/03/06
Kuwait press announce plans for Madinat Al Hareer (City of Silk) VIEW

13/03/06
Titanic Quarter Belfast presentation fly-through video and masterplan VIEW

12/10/05
Titanic Quarter Belfast launched by Harcourt and Harbour Commission VIEW

12/10/05
Shangri-La announced at Island Gardens, Miami VIEW

29/09/05
Mid Valley Gardens flythrough, panorama and excavation works: August and September VIEW

09/09/05
Mid Valley Gardens progress. Excavation works through months July and August VIEW

16/08/05
Mall of Kuwait launched by the Tamdeen Shopping Centre Development Co, Kuwait VIEW

02/08/05
Photos of Darling Harbour packed with luxury yachts for the Sydney International Boat Show VIEW

01/08/05
The Sydney Morning Herald on a packed Sydney International Boat Show, Darling Harbour VIEW

28/06/05
Jersey's new Castle Quay waterfront announced at St Helier's Opera House VIEW

27/06/05
Mid Valley Gardens progress. Excavation works through months May and June VIEW

20/04/05
Mid Valley Gardens by IGB Corp. excavates 4-basements for major expansion VIEW

22/04/05
Updated photos of BurJuman in Dubai VIEW

07/01/05
Bur Juman In Vogue article VIEW

13/04/05
St Helier Waterfront Plans by Dandara revealed at Opera House VIEW

18/04/05
Intricate Leisure & Retail Destination planned for Kuwait City by Tamdeen VIEW

16/07/04
Latest construction photos of BurJuman Gardens in Dubai, set for late 2004 opening VIEW

02/09/04
Stage 2 of Mid Valley Gardens in Kuala Lumpur commences construction this September

02/09/04
Bluewater comes to the National Portrait Gallery in the exhibition - A Blueprint VIEW

27/09/04
Bluewater comes to the Victoria and Albert Museum's new Architectural Gallery VIEW

01/10/04
Updated photos of BurJuman in Dubai, Now Open VIEW

29/09/04
The identity of the puzzling New campaign is revealed today as the BurJuman shopping centre MORE

30/09/04
Advertising Campaign for the opening of Burjuman in Dubai VIEW

 
 

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