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Dubai-based architects discuss what makes a successful residential project

Collaboration with the client and a focus on the end-user are two of the most important aspects of residential design, according to experts in creating villas and apartments in Dubai. Examining the lives of people is also a key to designing a space … More

Beyond Retail: What next for the shopping mall?

How to turn a visit to a shopping mall into an entertainment-orientated day out was a major part of a discussion called “Beyond Retail” which was staged by Middle East Architect. Taking part were Patrick Bean, design director at Lacasa, Islam Mashtooly, senior … More

Jamil Jadallah, NEB, on how to succeed in Dubai’s market

Conducting business according to a firm set of standards and an open and honest approach emphasising loyalty to clients are the keys to success across the increasingly competitive market place of Dubai. That is the view of Jamil Jadallah, CEO of National Engineering … More

Norman Foster awarded “Freedom of London”

UK architect and the recently opened Apple Store Dubai Mall designer,  Lord Norman Foster has been given the Freedom of the City of London, the highest honour in the power of UK’s capital. Foster was presented with the accolade at a ceremony at … More

Arabic translation for architectural book “Cities for People”

A Danish urban designer’s book on architecture and public planning has been translated into Arabic in Oman. The book, “Cities for People”, is written by Jan Gehl. It  had its Arabic language launch under Muscat Municipality’s week-long events programme, titled “The Future of … More

Architect Aravena wins sustainability award

Architect Alejandro Aravena has won the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development. Aravena, 49, is based in Santiago and is noted for his work in socio-economically disadvantaged areas. He also runs Elemental, a think tank that works to develop strategies and produce good-value housing … More

Activist says completed Turkish wall turns Syria into “very big prison”

Turkey has announced the completion of a three-metre high wall along its border with Syria, built in an effort to prevent refugees and smugglers entering the country. But it has come under fire from a human rights activist who said it turned the … More

Emoji symbols adorn Dutch urban design

A Dutch architect has decorated his latest building with emoji gargoyles – which he says capture the spirit of the age. The building in Amersfoort, Holland, designed by Changiz Tehrani has a range of the digital symbols around its sides and was designed to … More

“Nobody can design cities anymore” says Rem Koolhaas

Architects have lost control of city design according to Rem Koolhaas. The OMA founder, who was recently in Dubai for the opening of his Concrete arts centre, was speaking as part of Milan design week. He said: “The architecture profession thought not so … More

IKEA sets up Syrian refugee production centres

Furniture giant IKEA is to employ refugees at production centres in Jordan this summer as part of a long-term plan to create employment for 200,000 disadvantaged people around the world through social entrepreneurship programmes. The initiative, which should be operational by August, will … More

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