Aidan Imanova


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designMENA Summit: “Value engineering is about value for the end user, not the bottom line”

The misconception of the term ‘value engineering’ in interior design was discussed during a panel discussion during the 2017 designMENA Summit. The panel included Tarek Ardakani, director of operations at Emkay Interiors; David Lessard, director of hospitality at Perkins+Will; David Daniels, director of … More

Ultra Violet is Pantone’s 2018 Colour of the Year

Colour company Pantone has named a Ultra Voilet as colour of the year for 2018. The bright purple hue was described by Pantone as a “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade”.   “The selection of Ultra Violet speaks to our shared desire … More

Antonio Citterio-designed Bulgari Resort opens in Dubai

Italian architecture firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel has completed the architecture and interior design of the newly opened Bulgari Resort in Dubai, resembling a traditional seaside village in southern Italy. The 1.4m square foot property is located on the seahorse-shaped Jumeirah Bay island, … More

MVRDV designs mixed-use ‘Pixel’ development for Abu Dhabi’s Makers District

Rotterdam-based architecture studio MVRDV has unveiled its design for a new mixed-use development in Abu Dhabi, Pixel, complete with residential, working, and retail components. The 76,000m2 development is set to become the firm’s first project in the UAE, and is located in the … More

“If you don’t get design right from the beginning, technology will not help you later” says Ahmad Bukhash of Archidentity

During a panel discussion that looked at reviving and reinterpreting heritage in the UAE at the fifth edition of designMENA Summit, one of the panelists, Ahmad Bukhash chief architect and founder of Archidentity, commented on the importance of focusing on the functional qualities … More

Foster + Partners complete first residential development in Beirut

Foster + Partners has completed its first project in Lebanon, a mixed-use development made up of three towers with residential and retail offerings as well as public spaces. Located in the Beirut Central District, just outside of the Solidere boundaries – a new … More

AAU Anastas creates stone installation as peaceful protest against separation wall in Palestine

Palestinian architect-duo Elias and Yousef Anastas of AAU Anastas showcased its While We Wait installation in the OMA-designed Concrete building, in Alserkal Avenue during Dubai Design Week. The multi-sensory installation, created to instigate a sense of meditation and thought, is inspired and created … More

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s geometric dome has informed its interiors, says Nouvel

Jean Nouvel, the architect behind the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, explains that the interiors of the museum is largely inspired by its geometric dome, as well as the artworks on display. The interior exhibition spaces, comprising museum galleries, temporary exhibition spaces and … More

Grimshaw and Arup design Oman Botanic Garden to be world’s largest ecological site

Grimshaw Architects, in collaboration with Arup Engineering and Haley Sharpe Design, has unveiled the design for the Oman Botanic Garden, set to become one of the largest of its kind in the world, and within the Arabian Peninsula. Featuring two biodomes, the botanic … More

New images and details revealed for Allies and Morrison’s Oman city masterplan

Allies and Morrison has revealed new renderings of its Madinat Al Irfan masterplan; a new city for Oman which will be built around a desert valley. The project recently won the Big Urban Major Projects Award at the 16th MIPIM Architectural Review Future … More

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