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Burj Dubai/Khalifa-palooza.

Burj Dubai/Khalifa-palooza.

I suppose we can’t let the occasion of the opening of the tallest building in the world pass by unnoticed.  Burj Dubai—all 2,600 feet (about half a mile!) of it—is open for business.  To put it in Dallas context, it’s three times as tall as Bank of American Tower, our own tallest building.  Here's a compendium of reviews, stories and images.

(Sidenote: anyone else think this building, beautiful as it is, looks a lot like something from Star Wars?)

LA Times´ Christopher Hawthorne points out that, thanks to a flagging economy, the building might be complete, but it’s likely to sit empty for a while.  He carries that theme of emptiness out to other aspects of the built environment. 

Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune praises the building by hometown architect Adrian Smith (formerly of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill) calling it “an Eiffel Tower that people live in.”  It offers “offers God-is-in-the-details articulation along with its dazzling shape.”

The Wall Street Journal also has a story, including some great photos and video.

But, wait!  What DO we call it?  This just-in story from The New York Times says that the name was changed at today’s opening ceremonies to Burj Khalifa, in honor of the President of Abu Dhabi.

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