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Five design themes to pay attention to in 2018 by Kinnersley Kent Design

Amyas Wade, design director at Kinnersley Kent Design, is one of the speakers at the Design Talks series during the INDEX exhibition (March 26-29). He shares his thoughts on the prevalent industry themes with CID. Designing with the end user in mind has … More

Technology and biophilia is the future for Middle East-based hotels says Diane Thorsen of Perkins+Will

The only constant in the hospitality space is that hotels are constantly changing. At Perkins+Will we especially like this quote from Winston Churchill:  ‘We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.’  The quote mirrors our ethos, as we always look at the end … More

2018 will see the rise of mid-market developments says Perkins+Will’s Roger Wilson

Global architecture firm, Perkins+Will, identifies the inclusion of middle-income market development projects as a key trend for 2018. According to Euromonitor International, in 2017 20 per cent of adults in the UAE accounted for ‘bottom-income’ while ‘top-income’ residents formed 32 per cent of … More

AUS academic Cristiano Luchetti examines Snohetta’s fish market in Oman

Muttrah’s fish market has always been more than just a place for trading. It’s a cultural emblem that anchors the northern end of the old town’s corniche in Muscat. A neighbourhood staple of the everyday life of the local community, the vendors roll … More

Trend report: Sneha Divias rounds up the top residential design trends to look out for in 2018

Commercial Interior Design and designMENA asked Dubai-based interior designers to contribute to this year’s trend report that looks at themes and socio-economic events that are set to shape interior design industry in the coming months of 2018.  At Sneha Divias Atelier (SDA), we … More

U+A architects on balancing between technology and concept design

Our current economic climate is accelerating development faster than ever before. This rapid growth depends on fast-paced projects and uncompromising design quality – a daunting dilemma for architects, and an ancient and intrinsic economic formula that has been incited by the current culture … More

From 1800s to today: How have office design trends developed over time?

Steelcase,  manufacturer of furniture for offices, hospitals, and classrooms, looks at how office trends have changed through the decades, and how these trends are reflected in the UAE today.  The evolution of office design has seen a series of opposing demands: interaction versus … More

Developers must sell space based on consumer data, not square footage

Ibrahim Ibrahim, managing director at Portland Design Associates, the London-based branding, retail strategy, and design consultancy part of the Perkins+Will group of companies, discusses the changing face of retail. Ibrahim highlights that part of the firm’s design process is based on research and an … More

The relevance of transit and destination malls in an e-commerce world

By Hugo Van Der Schaegh, general manager at ODG With e-commerce poised to hit an all-time high and reach over US$27 trillion by 2020, conventional shopping malls are feeling the heat. Their significant transformation is now important or they stand to face the … More

Engineers’ role in shaping smart cities needs to be more visible, says Professor Kayvani of Aurecon

Professor Koroush Kayvani is Global Director of Excellence and Expertise at Aurecon writes about engineers and their role in shaping smart cities.  Understanding what makes a city resilient, sustainable and future-ready requires serious collaboration between government, urban planners, scientists, economists, ecologists, sociologists, architects, … More

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