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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

“Feel the energy” – Sean Tan of Woods Bagot likes to design cities in flux

  The energy of an ever-evolving urban environment is what inspires the designs of Sean Tan of Woods Bagot. The 29-year-old, who was born in Malaysia but grew up and studied in New Zealand, is attracted to cities which are in the process … More

Heatherwick’s New York “Eiffel Tower” underway

A $200m art installation that’s being lauded as New York’s version of the Eiffel Tower has begun construction. Construction workers used a crane to lift the first piece of the Thomas Heatherwick sculpture with the working title “Vessel” into place near West 34th … More

Adjaye in top 100 infuential people rankings

“Architectural visionary” Sir David Adjaye has been named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2017 – and is the only architect to make the list. While last year BIG founder Bjarke Ingels was the sole architect on the prestigious Time 100, … More

Cityscape Abu Dhabi: Heart of Europe project showcased

A total of 13 different countries were represented by stands at this year’s Cityscape Abu Dhabi by developers, investors and architects. Exhibitors reveal hundreds of new property launches, special promotion rates and payment plans for a host of local, regional and international real … More

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