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Manuel Herz Architects designs extension for eastern Senegal’s only hospital

Swiss studio Manuel Herz Architects has recently released its plans for the extension of  Tambacounda Hospital — the only hospital in eastern Senegal.  Located 400 kilometres southeast of Dakar, the country’s capital, the hospital serves the 80,000 residents of Tambacounda, as well as the near-million … More

Eight well-designed stadiums from the Middle East

Sports stadiums are no longer spaces where you simply “sit and watch the game,” Avinash Kumar, a parter at Godwin Austen Johnson, once said. “They now need to provide a completely immersive experience. Some football clubs use retractable turf, while the back-of-house and … More

Video: Ellen Søhoel and Lee Nellis talk XBD Collective’s new architecture division

“I think what we are looking for, in terms of architecture, are unique projects that are going to make a statement,” said Lee Nellis, managing partner at XBD Collective, and head of its division XBD Architecture. “We don’t want to do the standard … More

Dewan releases images of its new collaborative workspace in Dubai Design District

Regional architecture practice, Dewan Architects + Engineers, has recently moved its Dubai-based teams from a villa on Al Wasl Road to a spacious office in Dubai Design District (d3).   According to Haider Al Assam, director of operations at Dewan, the office’s new … More

Virgin Hyperloop One and BIG reveal videos showing hyperloop’s ‘zoetrope’ windows

Virgin Hyperloop One and BIG have recently revealed videos that illustrate how hyperloop windows will feature an effect that makes it seem as though passengers are moving through a transparent tube. The high-speed transportation system’s tubes will feature small circular windows that work … More

Iraqi BIM specialist Hadeel Safaa Saadoon discusses the future of design technology

“BIM is a critical stepping stone that moves architecture, engineering and construction towards exciting technological developments,” said award-winning Iraqi BIM specialist Hadeel Safaa Saadoon. “These developments include generative design based on computational or parametric design… Other advances in BIM, like augmented reality and … More

How events like the Sharjah Architecture Triennial lay a foundation for the emirate’s rapidly changing urban makeup

Sharjah, like many cities in the Middle East and North Africa, has an incredibly rich architectural and cultural history. Some of its momentous buildings include the Radisson Blu Resort on the corniche, King Faisal Mosque, the Holiday International Hotel in Al Buhaira, and … More

Emirati-Iranian architect Sahar Fikree discusses new initiative Six Degrees DXB

“In 2015, I realised I didn’t feel connected to my work anymore,” said Sahar Fikree, an Emirati-Iranian architect and founder and creative director of OCD Spaces. “It wasn’t satisfying what I wanted to do. So I resigned from Dubai Properties because I had … More

10 Design completes architectural work on Dubai Creek’s Al Seef

Hong Kong architecture firm 10 Design has recently completed the architectural work on Dubai Creek’s Al Seef area, a newly opened retail and hospitality destination launched by Meraas. Leading the project from concept design through to construction supervision, 10 Design’s scheme broke down … More

Dubai is Middle East’s first city to become a UNESCO ‘Creative City of Design’

Dubai has recently been announced as the latest city to join UNESCO’s growing list of creative cities, making it the first in the Middle East and 24th in the world. Founded in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) currently has 180 members … More

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