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Philip Castillo
Senior Vice President, Murphy/Jahn
“New Vertical Cities - The Spire at Ras Al Khaimah”

We live in an urbanizing world, the dominant demographic trend of our time. Urbanization will require Architects and Planners to re-evaluate how our cities are planned and how buildings are designed. Tall buildings and vertical cities will play an ever-increasing role in urbanization. The Spire at Ras Al Khaimah is a totally new building type – a framework wherein the different uses are suspended and optimized. It is the integration and synthesis of Architecture and Engineering. This 875-meter high Vertical City contains programmed uses in distinct, easily understood and visible components - a new vision of the tall building.

Philip Castillo is a Principal Architect and Senior Vice President at Murphy/Jahn. Mr. Castillo has worked
closely with Helmut Jahn on large scale urban developments and other complex projects including Sony Center in Berlin, Germany and the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Current work on tall buildings
and urban developments that embrace sustainable initiatives and new technologies include proposals for Gateway
City Towers in Ras Al Khaimah and Jeddah Free Trade City in Saudi Arabia.

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