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Grimshaw design Dubai Expo Sustainability Pavilion with help from Eden Project and NASA

Created to act as a celebration of eco-awareness, sustainable technologies, wind harvesting and solar power the Dubai Expo 2020 Sustainability Pavilion is set to showcase the future of urban design. It will be constructed around a central building that offers 8,000m2 of exhibition … More

Hyperloop project could transform travel across UAE

Described as “the biggest breakthrough in transport since the Wright Brothers gave us flight” the proposed Hyperloop system will see travellers hurtling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi at speeds of 1,200 km/h cutting the journey time to just 12 minutes. Sustainable benefits include … More

Tehran skyscraper collapse kills more than 20 firefighters

More than 20 firefighers are believed to have died following the collapse of Iran’s first private high-rise building. Emergency workers have dug tunnels into the wreckage of  the Plasco building in downtown Tehran in their search for survivors and bodies They have not … More

Design firms petition President Donald Trump on climate change

A total of 276 American architecture and design firms have signed an open letter to US president Donald Trump calling for action on climate change. Organised by the coalition Architects Advocate the letter spells out three actions he should take to “turn our … More

Hadid leaves multi-million pound estate in her will

Zaha Hadid who died suddenly last March, left a fortune worth £67m (approximately $81.48m), her will reveals. The architect responsible for buildings in countries ranging from Saudi Arabia and China and London to Azerbaijan, left a lump sum of £500,000 to her business … More

Atkins designs centre for learning and culture in Alexandria

A self-contained, sustainable and smart city is set to rise from the sands of the remote Egyptian desert, incorporating residential, leisure, retail, educational and cultural facilities along with plazas and public spaces. Influenced by the ancient architecture of Alexandria – famous for its … More

Designing for people – Lucas Martinez of Perkins + Will

The increased emphasis on design promoting interconnectivity and creating public spaces in Dubai shows the way forward for architecture, says Lucas Martinez of Perkins + Will. The 28-year-old from the town of Logrono, in northern Spain, says his favourite local development is City … More

Hadid Brit Award design revealed

The 2017 edition of the Brit Awards trophy, designed by the late architect Dame Zaha Hadid, has been revealed in 3D. The trophies, to be handed out to the best of the UK’s music acts, are a depiction of Britannia – the mythical … More

David Adjaye guest speaker at Toronto interiors show

Recently knighted British architect David Adjaye is the international guest of honour at this year’s Interior Design Show in Toronto. The 19th annual show will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from 19 to 22 January 2017. Featuring both local and … More

Nine skyscrapers completed in GCC but no supertalls in 2016

Nine towers of 200m or above were completed in the GCC last year, the same number as in 2015. But for the first time in a decade the wider Middle East region failed to deliver a supertall structure of more than 300m The … More

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