Architects need to design cooler buildings in the UAE as a result of higher temperatures says Emkaan

Muhammed Obaid, principal architect, partner and manager of EMKAAN Architecture and Engineering Consultancy in Dubai says creating cooler spaces in the UAE is vital.  On a global scale, 2016 was officially the warmest year on record, with 2017 expected to follow suit.  This … More

Rima Alsammarae

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Technology has begun to play a larger role in education design

From sustainability to technology integration, the current trends leading the market are not particularly new, but they’ve taken far more solid shape lately. Their effects on the design of a space are tangible, and countable. It’s as though tablet-based learning and social space-oriented … More

Marina Petrovic

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Should retail design be more focused on the customer experience?

Offering its consumers a chance to test out its products before making a purchase in one of the Trial Zones, popular sportswear brand Nike last year opened a five-storey retail experience in New York City’s Soho. Surrounded by high-definition screens, the Trial Zone … More

Steven Velegrinis, Perkins + Will, on the evolution of social infrastructure in the Gulf

The term social infrastructure is so much more diverse today than it has ever been before. So many things qualify as social infrastructure today, everything from privately owned public spaces, mosques and the areas around mosques, even shopping environments to a degree are … More

Rima Alsammarae

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Brain gain: a return of the region’s architectural intellects

Mohamed Makiya, Pierre el-Khoury and Hassan Fathy all have one thing in common: they’re all Arab modernist architects who contributed to the development of the Middle East and North Africa between the 1950s and the 70s. The mid-20th century was a time of … More

How to bring super-tall buildings to life in the Middle East

The GCC is a place of big dreams for architects and designers, as it is home to some of the world’s largest and tallest structures, from the upcoming Mall of Dubai to the soon-to-be-completed Jeddah Tower. Buildings are not only becoming taller, but … More

Marina Petrovic

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Never underestimate the power of touch…

Is online shopping killing retail shops? For me personally, this is the same question as – is the Internet killing print media? No, it’s not and it never will. Some may disagree, but I believe that we should never underestimate the power of … More

Marina Petrovic

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Is the region ready to build WELL?

While the basic principles of doing business may remain the same, changes in employee demographics, and their attitudes towards work – which are swayed by technological advancements – are significantly affecting the way designers approach office interior design. With regional experts weighing-in on … More

Simon Berry on lighting design evolution

Simon Berry, director of Illuminate, shares with designMENA his thoughts on lighting design evolution. If I were to ask you “What do you need light for?” how would you respond? You may answer, it helps me to see, it helps me to find … More

Louise Duggan on art and design

Louise Duggan, FF&E Designer and Founder of the Dubai-based Ophelia Art Consultancy, shares her thoughts on the importance of incorporating art within hospitality interiors. Artwork is the finishing touch to design, often bringing the whole concept together, but it is often the last … More

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