2023 premiers in architecture and the world’s biggest agri-tourism
For 2023, the opening of the world’s second-highest tower (Merdeka 118 in Kuala Lumpur – 679m) and the Abraham Family House, an interfaith religious complex in Abu Dhabi, where followers of Islam, Christianity and Judaism will find their temples have been announced. The most awaited architectural premieres of the year include also the new headquarters of the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, the Centro Cultural Lola Mora in San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina, which is producing 20% more energy than it will consume, and the Grand Egyptian Museum, the cost of which is more than US$1 billion.
Dubai-based office of URB is developing the world’s largest agro-tourism project – the “Agri Hub” is assumed to create 10,000 jobs, including in an agricultural research institute and a commercial and educational farm. The agri-hub will have no net carbon emissions, instead recycling water and keeping waste to zero in the local area.
Young Indian residents are trying to save centuries-old family homes from oblivion and save them from demolition. They document the buildings on Instagram, where residents share the stories of their homes and try to raise funds to preserve them. The Make It Happen tourism initiative also tries to preserve ancestral homes by inviting tourists to visit them, meet the owners and hear their stories. Part of the proceeds from ticket sales goes towards the house’s upkeep. Precious buildings often combine European architecture – such as British or Portuguese – with Indian influences.