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Living in Wonderland: Urban development and placemaking by David Twohig

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CASE STUDY: Masterplanning – Downtown Dubai

The universally recognisable Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, forms part of a much more interesting masterplan known as Downtown Dubai.

Downtown Dubai is a 500-acre masterplan with the world’s tallest tower and the world’s largest shopping centre at its centre. But this masterplan is far more interesting and offers more lessons than the Burj Khalifa tower for which it is better known.

Not unlike the Taipingqiao masterplan already discussed, an artificial lake – known as Dubai Lake – holds the development together. The near cruciform lake splits the development into neighbourhoods. In the northeast quarter sits the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalif. Directly adjacent to this is the ...

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