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Perkins + Will’s Firas Hnoosh says the future of urban planning is “up not out”

With a global population of 7.5 billion, set to increase by 25% in the next 30 years, as architects we are increasingly responsible for designing spaces which work harder and cater to more people. Dubai is a superb example of a fast growing … More

Hilda Impey of Wilson Associates shares her favourites from 2017 Salone del Mobile

Remnants Series by Josh Carmody at Ventura Lambarte Josh Carmody Studio is a multidisciplinary design practice based in Melbourne, Australia. With a decade of furniture designing and production experience, Carmody’s studio has an unwavering commitment to balancing a resolved modern aesthetic with traditional … More

Ceramic tiles trends: Bigger is better

Andrea Mensitieri, vice president, marketing and product development at RAK Ceramics on technology and the latest trends in tile design. With the technology now available, tile manufacturers can produce tiles with more intricate patterns and textures in 3D, allowing the creation of unique … More

Architects need to design cooler buildings in the UAE as a result of higher temperatures says Emkaan

Muhammed Obaid, principal architect, partner and manager of EMKAAN Architecture and Engineering Consultancy in Dubai says creating cooler spaces in the UAE is vital.  On a global scale, 2016 was officially the warmest year on record, with 2017 expected to follow suit.  This … More

How to turn a brand into a three-dimensional space using graphic design

Carla Conte, founder and Creative Director of Dubai-based Brand Creative Design Studio, on brandscaping and turning a brand into a three-dimensional space. As keen observers and contributors to the practice of retail design in the Middle East over the last decade, it is … More

Steven Velegrinis, Perkins + Will, on the evolution of social infrastructure in the Gulf

The term social infrastructure is so much more diverse today than it has ever been before. So many things qualify as social infrastructure today, everything from privately owned public spaces, mosques and the areas around mosques, even shopping environments to a degree are … More

ABC series: Benjamin Piper, Killa Design on his architectural favourties

In this series called ABC, we choose an architect from the region and ask them to share their ABCs: their favourite architect, building and city. Benjamin Piper, partner and design principal at Killa Design is the first in the ABC series, revealing his … More

Retail design: Paul McElroy on Millennials and the store of the future

Paul McElroy, partner at Kinnersley Kent Design shares his thoughts on current trends and shifts in consumer behaviour and how the millennial generation will affect all retailers across all markets. We all hear the phrase ‘store of the future’ so frequently it has become … More

How to bring super-tall buildings to life in the Middle East

The GCC is a place of big dreams for architects and designers, as it is home to some of the world’s largest and tallest structures, from the upcoming Mall of Dubai to the soon-to-be-completed Jeddah Tower. Buildings are not only becoming taller, but … More

Laura Bielecki of Ellington Group selects top products from Milan Design Week 2017

Laura Bielecki, design blogger and senior manager interior design at Ellington in Dubai selects products from Milan Design Week 2017. I can never get over the scale of Milan Design Week and it feels bigger by the year. It’s so easy to get … More

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