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Funding pledge for Heatherwick London Garden Bridge withdrawn

London mayor Sadiq Khan today signalled the likely death of Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge by refusing to agree his predecessor Boris Johnson’s long-promised guarantee for its operation and maintenance costs The financial guarantee, which would underwrite the estimated $4m annual cost of the … More

Bluehaus Group on the success of establishing an architecture division

A “total design philosophy” has been adopted by Ben Corrigan CEO and founder of Dubai-based Bluehaus Group, who has extended his design business from focusing on interiors to taking on board architecture. Throughout the boom, the global financial crisis, the post-crisis recovery and … More

HOK’s ADNOC headquarters in Abu Dhabi emphasises function over form

Parallelogram shaped structure on Abu Dhabi Corniche by HOK is designed to respond to the path of the sun for passive cooling. Contrasting with the many twisting, turning shaped buildings in the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s (ADNOC) new … More

Site visit: Engineers Aurecon create Dubai Motiongate theme park

Engineering consultant Aurecon was given the brief to create the rides and attractions which now bring a slice of Hollywood to the UAE. Working alongside architects Gensler, the firm was tasked with recreating visions familiar to movie-goers and at the same time transporting … More

Three new high rises by Parlax to form major part of Beirut Digital District

Located along the bullet-scarred Green Line in Beirut, new high-rise designs by Lebanese studio Paralax point the way to a future for those who want to put Lebanon’s years of conflict and turmoil behind them. Three towers, T3, T4 and T5 form a … More

Top 10 most influential global architects in the Middle East

Here you can view Middle East Architect magazine’s list of top 10 international architects who have made their mark on the region over the last 12 months. You can also view the magazine’s top 40 most influential architects in the region. 

Top 40 most powerful architects in the Middle East 2017

From starchitect to local potential – celebrating urbanists who will shape the next year. This annual list is in two parts – the top 10 international figures who also have a huge influence across the Middle East and the 40 who have a … More

Technology survey: DesignMENA unveils results for technology in the Middle East survey

A survey into the use of new technology across the design and build business has revealed that less than half of the firms who responded are using BIM – despite its adoption as mandatory for certain projects in the Middle East. In all … More

JT+Partners is using Dubai base to work on global projects

From its Dubai base JT+Partners is designing projects across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond using the city’s global location to reach developing markets. The firm is currently working on projects in 14 countries including Angola, Saudi Arabia India, Morocco, Moscow, Pakistan, … More

Middle East Architect magazine turns 10: A look back at a decade of development

Building cities and bringing on sustainability. When Middle East Architect’s first edition rolled off the presses in 2006 not one of the current top 10 tallest buildings in Dubai, Qatar or Abu Dhabi was open for business. There were two of Saudi Arabia’s … More

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