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Design and build should remain independent of each other to create a better environment says Indu Varanasi

As architects and spatial designers, we have a great responsibility to ensure that the spaces we design are conducive to good living. To put things in context, we are building more than ever; resources, democracy and equality has given us the opportunity to … More

David T’Kint of HBA Dubai shares his five favourite design products and what makes them special

Interior architect and partner at HBA Dubai, David T’Kint, shares his five favourite products and what makes them special. UP5&6 by B&B Italia  Designed by Gaetano Pesce, it’s a true icon which has been around for almost 50 years.  Few years ago we … More

BIM’s benefits are clear, but it’s still confusing GCC industry

Building information modelling (BIM) is seen as vital for the architecture, engineering and construction industries as it looks to digital transformation to tackle inherent challenges such as budget overspend, project delays, and quality control issues. Governments have been mandating the use of BIM … More

Happy cities: Making wellbeing quantifiable

David Green, who leads Perkins+Will’s Cities + Sites practice worldwide and focuses on large-scale master-planning and urban design projects, discusses how to create happiness among city dwellers through design. Urban planning and happiness For most modern industries, ensuring the wellbeing of mankind has … More

Will Gulf firms embrace disruptive technology?

Technological advancement can be linked to a theory called Moore’s Law, which predicted that the number of transistors on a computer circuit would double every two years. This observation by Intel co-founder, Gordon Moore, has held true, and we have seen smaller and … More

The challenge for architects to adapt to shifts in school design is not a creative, it is cultural says David Clarke, dwp

As digital disruption changes the classroom, schools must become centres of collaboration and co-creation. But if you think it’s as simple as smart building design, think again, says dwp’s education lead, David Clarke. Rapidly evolving technology – from automation to artificial intelligence – … More

Maja Kozel shares her five favourite design products and what makes them special

Founder of Maja Kozel Design, designer Maja Kozel shares her five favourite products and what makes them special.  SPACE FRAMES by Studio Mieke Meijer Studio Miekemeijer has always pushed boundaries when it comes to working with different materials. Space Frames caught my eyes … More

The bathroom is a ‘major focus’ for hoteliers during renovation says Geberit’s Louise Pitt

Every hotel faces the challenge of renovation while it is fully occupied. The RevPAR – the revenue per available room – is the most important key figure in the hospitality industry. The aim is to keep the RevPAR as high as possible throughout … More

Aurora CEO says Dubai’s new development game is about being detail-oriented and sustainability

In 2018, we have so far witnessed ready transactions rising by 24%, with off-plan transactions falling by 32%, indicating that end users are more active than investors in the market. With a materialisation rate of c.40% expected, the overall supply in 2018 could … More

Buildings of the future need to focus on people says Aurecon’s Peter Greaves

Putting people at the centre when designing and delivering buildings of the future is crucial to unlocking the potential of new technologies. Designers often get so caught up in the technology involved in buildings of the future, that they forget who a building … More

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