“The smart city is not so smart,” says Reinier de Graaf

Sustainability has become an ultimate goal for architecture, a quest to creating the perfectly ‘green’, eco-friendly, recycled, reclaimed and upcycled community that … More

Horizontal and vertical homes stand side-by-side on The Palm

Low-level contrast with high-rise in the forms of the Horizontal Home and the Vertical Home – which are the names of two … More

Why do today’s architects build digital cities?

When I was a grad student in architecture school in the 80s, one of our professors was on a mission. Every semester … More

Middle East designers respond to Gehry attack

Architect Frank Gehry had a few harsh words for a reporter who recently asked how he responds to critics who say he … More

Rotating rooms for Tehran residence responds to climate change in the city

The demands of Tehran’s hot summers and cold winters are catered for in a private residence which uses techniques developed for the … More

DAMAC: What are developers looking for in architects?

Architecture is a “magical mix of art, science and business” says DAMAC’s technical general manager Sherif  Seleem when asked how he defines … More

Venice Architecture Biennale 2014: In depth analysis by Michele Bambling, curator of UAE Pavilion

Rem Koolhaas, director of ‘Fundamentals,’ the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, asked the curators to examine the past … More

Forward Thinking Architecture proposes food farms for Middle East population

Design firm Forward Thinking Architecture has put together plans for floating farms which would combat the increasing global problems of food shortages, … More

Debating urban life: P&T and GAJ go head to head

Mahmoud Shahin of P&T and Islam El Mashtooly of Godwin Austen Johnson debate the advantages and disadvantages of urban life Is city … More

Zeynep Fadilioglu ‘first female architect to design a mosque’

According to Zheena McKenzie in the new CNN series, ‘Leading Women’, Turkish architect Zeynep Fadilioglu may be the first female architect to … More

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