Who Is David Fisher?

“Over the last three decades, he have been passionately designing buildings in harmony with nature,” according to his bio.

Yesterday, at a press conference in New York, the Italian architect David Fisher announced the “world’s first building in motion,” an 80-story skyscraper with revolving prefabricated floors planned for construction in (where else?) Dubai. The project’s structural engineer, Leslie E. Robertson, says that the rotating tower is “absolutely” buildable. But is David Fisher the right person to build it? Who is he, anyway?

Don’t confuse him with David Childs, the SOM partner behind the Freedom Tower. Fisher has a rather, uh, lower profile. Perhaps the Wall Street Journal put it best: “David Fisher acknowledges that he is not well known, has never built a skyscraper before and hasn’t practiced architecture regularly in decades.” (Aside: Is this the WSJ’s version of New York Times humor?)

If you’re still thinking about investing $3,000 per square foot, consider this: the Associate Press is reporting that a biography Fisher has been distributing for months said he received an honorary doctorate from the “Prodeo Institute” at Columbia University, which does not exist. Fisher’s publicists clarified that he actually received the doctorate from the Catholic University of Rome, but that the ceremony took place at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine—which is, you know, near Columbia.

Uh, yeah. Something tells us that the Dynamic Tower has exactly zero chance of ever getting built. But in the meantime, the videos of it undulating alongside the Palm Jumeirah sure are alluring.

Update: Dubai’s The National provides some tantalizing additional details about Fisher. Apparently he’s never heard of Buckminster Fuller?

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