Materials

Herriot-Watt students win nation-wide student design competition during INDEX

Heriot-Watt University’s Dubai Campus students are the only finalists in a design competition that set a unique challenge to the region’s young, … More

Kolman Boye Architects, Benchmark, and AHEC create food concept from cherry wood

The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) partnered with architects Kolman Boye and furniture-makers Benchmark to showcase a towering structure of food plates … More

Textile design takes on new threads

Textile design is a rich tradition within the Middle East, as it dates back centuries and is one of the most sought … More

Ceramics industry turns to nature

The marble and ceramics industry is a large and profitable sector in the Middle East and North Africa as its luxurious finishes … More

Desert sustainability: Architects use date palms to create food shelter in Al Ain

The Challenge: Creating environmentally aware designs for impoverished communities Traditional date palm materials are being used to create a food shelter at … More

American white oak dresses staircase in former Flemish Renaissance palace

Hof van Busleyden is one of the most beautiful buildings in Mechelen, a Flemish city located between Brussels and Antwerp. With a … More

Suspended charcoal installation examines relationship between architecture and objects

Korean artist Seon Ghi Bahk has created an installation that examines the relationship between natural materials and man-made objects by using piece … More

The ‘living wall’ biofilter turns ten years old

The living wall biofilter, a Canadian invention that improves air quality and reduces energy costs, turns a decade old this spring. The … More

Escher-like tulipwood structure makes a mark for Milan design fair

A collaboration between American Hardwood Exports Council (AHEC) and architecture studio dRMM presents ‘Scale Infinite’, a tulipwood structure that attracted significant attention … More

Architect turns to gold for eye-catching design

Architect Salim Hussain explains how he turned to gold to ensure an eye-catching design. I faced a number of challenges when designing … More

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