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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: City of Silk VIEW

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
 
Eric’s World - the National (UAE)
 
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The National May 1st 2008
Peter C Baker meets Eric Kuhne, the architectural evangelist who has moved from designing malls to creating cities.

Eric’s world

From Kuwait to Kazakhstan, Napoleon to Prison Break, Armani to democracy, Eric Kuhne’s obsessions are legion, and coming to a city near you. Peter C Baker meets the man who’s reshaping the Gulf.

Eric Kuhne does not mince words. “This is the biggest revolution in thinking about cities in 100 years,” he told the crowd at the convention of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centres, a forum not known for its soaring rhetoric.

“And the challenge isn’t just for the designers and engineers. The challenge is also to the rest of the Middle East and the world. You’re hearing cities announced every other month now all over the region, and not one of them celebrates Arabian culture. They’re just more North American and European grids dropped down by planners and architects who are destroying the soul of this culture. Not this time.”

Kuhne is an architect and civic planner, but neither description does justice to the massive scale on which he works. His London-based firm, CivicArts, famous for having designed Bluewater, the largest and most financially successful mall in Europe, is today building entire cities from scratch: Madinat Al Hareer (City of Silk), a 750,000-person port city in Kuwait; Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens, a 200,000-person canal city to be built on 88 sq km of desert adjacent to Dubailand; and a not-yet-announced city somewhere in Bahrain. In Dubai, he is overseeing the International Financial Centre’s expansion into a massive enclosed “urban village” where over 60,000 people will live and work. In Kazakhstan, he is erecting 14 casinos and a presidential retreat around a lake.

Kuhne has moved way beyond shopping centres, so that even when he is addressing a room full of mall managers, he doesn’t really talk about malls. He talks about building cities and changing lives. He talks about changing the world.

The great cities of the world were built by leaders of armies, emperors, tsars, leaders of churches

One of Kuhne’s colleagues warned me that talking to him can be like “taking a drink from a fire hydrant.” He beams with joy as he flits from topic to topic, deluging his audiences with disparate information and concepts woven into an exciting narrative of action and change. “Sometimes I get standing ovations,” he tells me after the talk. “People are so ready for this. People even ask me to teach. But I don’t have time to teach. I’m building this stuff.”

After Kuhne’s speech we take a taxi to one of his projects in Dubai, the BurJuman Gardens, which makes more money per square foot than any luxury mall in the Middle East or Europe.

One-on-one, without an audience or schedule to consider, Kuhne’s exuberant intellectual wanderings become even more expansive. During our ten minutes in the taxi I receive: a primer on the indirect but crucial contribution of Islamic translators to the Renaissance; a synopsis of recent British research on the health benefits of walkable communities; a nostalgic sketch of the 20 years Kuhne spent living in New York City; and a brief paean to the good faith of his clients. “Once they get it,” he says, “they just become fanatics.”

As we pull up to BurJuman, Kuhne marvels at the length of the taxi queue. “Look at that,” he murmurs happily, shifting his considerable bulk to peer out the window. “This is great.”

Inside, we meet a photographer from this paper, who instantly starts snapping away. In less than a minute, a security guard comes over to politely inform us that photography is not allowed in BurJuman.

“No, no, no,” says Kuhne, laughing. “It’s OK. I built this. I built BurJuman.”

For all his success, Kuhne, who is 56 years old, is no celebrity, and his work is rarely discussed in architecture journals. But many who don’t know his name have been inside his buildings.

Tell a British person that you’re meeting with the man who masterminded Bluewater, and they look at you like you’re talking to the devil. Many well-educated Britons, particularly Londoners, love to hate Bluewater, a 1.68 million sq ft megamall at the bottom of an abandoned chalk quarry in Kent. When it opened in 1999, it provoked a torrent of criticism, not least for its clear ambitions to localized cultural authenticity – a hallmark of Kuhne’s projects.

Ralph Rugoff, writing in Frieze, called Bluewater a “diuretic slurry of pumped-up historical and decorative emblems”. “Citizens of England!” cried Hugh Pearman in the Sunday Times, “We do not need these places!” Contemplating the 20,000-person village, also designed by CivicArts, that will eventually adjoin the mall, Jonathan Glancey of The Guardian envisioned “a city with no gods other than Prada, Gucci and Starbucks, with no cathedral and temple beyond the naves and domes of the mall itself, and with no ultimate purpose beyond stupefying consumption.”

It is easy to adopt this sort of anti-materialist scorn towards Kuhne’s shopping centres. And since Kuhne himself described Bluewater as “a city rather than a retail destination,” it is safe to assume that his cities may resemble his malls. This possibility excites Kuhne; he has faith in retail. “Retail,” he tells the audience in Dubai, “is the only industry that can manage our city centres… We are the only ones who deal with experience. We are the only ones that understand how to customise and modify and release and replan and reorganise and administer a luscious experience for a group.”

Bluewater and BurJuman – with their generous leather seating, considerate staff, perfect climate control, soothing gardens and plentiful, well-located toilets – are certainly luscious. But are they models for cities? We like to think of our cities as “organic” entities that emerged and accrued character and meaning over long stretches of time. Even when we know that a city was built from a masterplan, its creation seems faraway, in the hazy past. Since then (we tell ourselves), things have changed and life – unplanned, idiosyncratic and loveable – has accrued in and between its streets, squares and alleys.

Kuhne agrees that cities should not be like malls. But he does not consider himself a designer of malls, which he describes as “soulless concrete boxes designed to lure you in and hoover the money out of your wallet with panic purchases.” As he sees it, his “retail destinations” (and, by extension, the rest of his retail-inspired projects) are categorically different: “special meeting places” that “dignify the heroic routine of everyday life that drives you to produce a better world for yourself and your kids”. He views himself not as a megamall designer turning cities into supermegamalls, but as a humanistic master planner creating “mixed use” spaces that help people live and thrive together gracefully.

“Grace is important,” says Kuhne. “Do you watch Prison Break? On Prison Break, this guy Sucre is on the run, looking for his girlfriend in Mexico. And this old guy he meets asks him what keeps him going. And Sucre tells him ‘hope.’ And what does the man say back? ‘Hope is for those who do not already live in grace’.” Kuhne took this to be an affirmation of the importance of simple comfort and elegance in everyday life, exactly what he believes places like Bluewater and BurJuman provide. He was so moved that he wrote a thank-you letter to the writers.

“The architecture journals are ill-equipped to deal with stuff like this,” Kuhne says. “They deal with buildings, not with life in buildings, and definitely not with civics. It’s not sexy, you know.” And Kuhne spends very little time talking about individual buildings. Instead, he talks about what types of buildings should be built, where they should go and why putting them there will improve lives. He believes that if savvy planning can make a mall thrive, it can do the same for cities and the people who live in them.

“Our hospitals,” he tells the crowd of mall managers, his voice rising slightly in frustration, “are isolated temples of death that you can’t get to because the traffic is so bad. Our schools are relegated and exiled to the edges of communities on lousy land that no one wants to live on. We need to move health and education back to the high streets at the centre of our communities so that they are part of the everyday life experiences of our citizens and residents.”

In a phone conversation a few weeks earlier, he spoke with equal passion about groceries: “Get rid of the tin sheds and the Wal Marts that only make money by making you part of their distribution chain. Stop asking people to drive to get preserved food. When you put everything a family needs over the course of a week within a 300 metre walking distance, disease drops, life expectancy goes up, incidences of mental diseases evaporate, test scores go up, crime goes down.”

At the end of his talk, Kuhne shows a video introducing the Mohammed Bin Rashid Gardens, a compact canal city slightly larger than the main island of Abu Dhabi. Its small neighbourhoods will be linked by walkable streets and cycleways intertwined with a network of canals, fountains, pools and lakes, with a zoological reserve to boot. During the question-and-answer session afterwards, a man from Los Angeles stands up to profess his infatuation with Kuhne’s vision and ask whether anything similar might be possible in America.

Kuhne excels at leaping from practical questions to grand themes and bold claims. “Let me say this bluntly,” he replies. “Democracy has a pretty poor track record of building great cities, and a terrible track record of building great civic spaces in cities. Democracy deals with the triumph of everyone within their own property line, not with generosity beyond that line. And the great cities of the world that we travel to see were built by, you know, leaders of armies, emperors, tsars, leaders of churches. They were built by benevolent despots, visionary leaders one and all, who decided that the pageantry of civil life was an essential part of sustaining the genius of their civilization.”

Later, sitting on a leather chair outside BurJuman’s Hediard CafÉ, Kuhne revisits this idea: “Every now and then you find powerful visionaries and, even if that’s in a democracy, they just don’t act democratically. They become ruthless tyrants that are obsessed with goodwill. It’s so great when you run into someone like that.”

Kuhne sees projects like the Rashid Gardens and the City of Silk – the ultra-modern, precisely-planned port city Kuhne is building in Kuwait – as the newest additions to a long (though recently dormant) line of great, civilization-advancing cities that exist thanks to enlightened “tyrants of goodwill.” He makes this explicit in his introduction to the Rashid Gardens on the CivicArts website, a Who’s Who of men given free reign to shape cities:

“As Domenico Fontana was to Pope Sixtus V’s Rome; Peter the Great to St Petersburg; L’Enfant to Washington DC; Haussman to Napoleon III’s Paris; Frederick Law Olmsted to Manhattan; and Walter Burley Griffin to Canberra, so Sheikh Mohammed’s vision for a new Dubai will redefine the quality of civic life for the citizens, residents and guests of the Arabian Gulf.”

Here Kuhne has found exactly what he needs: rulers with the resources and authority to shape not just individual malls, office parks and neighbourhoods but entire cities. Now he can join the ranks of his idols.

“When you read what L’Enfant wrote about Washington DC,” he tells me, “it’ll bring you to tears. You can see that he’s just weighted down by the thought that he was designing the city that was the soul of this new democracy and he could, you know, get it wrong. And Walter Burley Griffin’s writings on Canberra are just …” he trails off. “They’re just beautiful.”

CivicArts has an entire division whose mission might be best described as Educating Eric. “The first thing we do on a new project,” says Kuhne, “is swarm into the city and clean out all the best bookstores and museums. We’ll spend, you know, $10,000 on books as a matter of course. And then we’ll have one group that studies the richness of that printed literature and another group that studies global precedents, and all of that will go into plans and the design.”

The CivicArts office in London now has a library of more than 20,000 books. “Our clients bring their kids in there,” Kuhne says with pride. “People off the street just come in and sit in the office and read and talk. We don’t even know who they are.” Kuhne’s faith in the radical potential of the retail industry stems from something over and above the notion that good service makes people happy. For Kuhne, retail is about more than material exchanges. It is about self-definition.

In conversation Kuhne seems more like a philosopher of consumption than an architect of malls. He is fascinated by a Greek word, eudaimonia. It has no direct translation in English, but refers to a deep sense of pleasure tied to the flourishing of the human spirit. To Kuhne, it means “tapping into the imagination and the soul of an individual as opposed to just their physical and temporal uses of material things.”

As he sees it, most retail (he specifies “bankrupt mall managers”) deals only with the latter to the exclusion of the former, and only considerately planned projects like his let customers “identify themselves and personalise their lives in what is an increasingly complex and hostile world in which to identify”.

“Brands are the new heraldry,” he says, “the new way we personalise our lives. If you wear an Armani coat, for example, you probably have more in common with someone who wears the same coat in Tokyo or New York or Frankfurt or Sydney or Sao Paulo than you have with your neighbour. Brands are a lifestyle, a declaration of values. All you have to do is look at any of the magazines today. They rarely sell the products. They sell the brands as a cultural identifier.”

Kuhne envisions his cities as – like BurJuman and Bluewater – “meeting places for brands.” More than that, he sees the cities themselves as brands, or at least branding tools. They will advertise a Middle East that simultaneously celebrates the best of its heritage and welcomes interaction with the global world of commerce and ideas.

Much of CivicArts’s research goes into developing culturally specific branding of this type. Thus Bluewater’s ventilators are modelled after traditional Kentish oast houses and its walls are decorated with relief carvings of British craftsfolk. The paving in the Mall of Kuwait will be, according to the CivicArts website, “artistically created to recall traditional carpets and sand dunes.” His V Building in Birmingham will be framed by “light wands engraved with the richness of Midland’s Literature and Letters.”

Similarly, the street plan of the Bin Rashid Gardens is based on “the sweeping arcs and circles of the planispheric astrolabe, an instrument perfected by Islamic scholars, craftsmen and astronomers” (a five sq km astrolabe, the world’s largest, is being built right now at BurJuman), and its Union Canal will “describe the celestial path of the Milky Way.” The Grand Axial Canal, which points toward Mecca, is intended to “furbish the city with a permanent means of spiritual alignment.”

Most dramatically of all, the skyline of the City of Silk will be defined by the Mubarak Al Kabir (or Tower of 1,001 Arabian Nights), a 1,001m tall skyscraper consisting of three blades, each topped by a different centre of worship: a synagogue, a cathedral and a mosque.

This will not only “rebrand Kuwait as a global leader in terms of property development,” Kuhne claims – it will “rebrand the three principle faiths” by reminding them how much they have in common.

The tower is a perfect illustration of the epic scale of Kuhne’s ambitions – to, among other things, reshape the relations between the Abrahamic peoples – and the means by which he hopes to achieve them: large acts of architecture that are not only meticulously planned for graceful livability, but also so bravely spectacular that they help people transcend their everyday material concerns, lifting them into cultural pride and eudaimonia.

When Kuhne was seven, his father – a master navigator of B52 bombers for the US Air force – sat him down and said: “Son, you’re going to learn perspective drawing.”

“So he showed me a couple of things,” recalls Kuhne. “Then he said: ‘you repeat that.’ And the image just rose out of the paper like magic. I get goose bumps over that to this day.”

Two or three weeks later, after some more lessons, Kuhne’s father asked him to sum up what he’d learnt so far. Kuhne thought that he had learnt how to make things rise magically off of paper. His father shook his head.

“That’s not what you learnt,” he said. “You learnt that if you can imagine it, you can draw it. And if you can draw it, then someone can build it. So get out there and draw the cities that I’ve been trained to destroy.”

Kuhne has wanted to be an architect – to build big – ever since. Now, five decades later, he has found the canvas he has been searching for his entire life.

“I’m living my dream,” he says, grinning. “I’m designing cities for my dad.”


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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