By Richard White

While the “tall building is a controversial type of structure, its prevalence and power remains undeniable,” says Prof. Brian Sinclair of the faculty of environmental design at the University of Calgary.

Downtown Burj Khalifa
Downtown Burj Khalifa

“Across the globe, more and taller towers are being designed and developed. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai, for example, reaches higher than any building on the planet.

“In this studio, the students were challenged to consider this architecture’s fit within Calgary -and to push hard to respond sensitively and sensibly to important qualities of the building that might make it more successful on environmental, esthetic, functional, social, cultural and sustainable levels.

“To these clever, curious and talented architecture students, the sky was the limit.”