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nick.ames

Social impact of BIM

Sustainability in design and operation of buildings and their impact on the human and natural environment can all benefit through greater use of BIM, according to architectural researchers. Among the advantages of the online design process are the ability to simulate climate conditions … More

AUS professor speaks of supporting the next design geneation

The Dubai Statistics Centre recently quantified what we all see happening: expansion in the local economy (up 4.6% in 2013) and a return to major construction projects throughout the region. Yet, we seem to be missing a crucial piece of the puzzle. How … More

Facebook tips for designers and architects to overcome the “battle for reach”

Facebook has been known to periodically tweak its newsfeed algorithm in order to show users only the most relevant content. With more and more content generated by almost 35M pages, users can access up to 15,000 potential stories on a daily basis. Out … More

rima.alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

How can art consultancies help design from an early stage?

After over 10 years of experience as an art consultant, I’ve come to realise the importance of being on board a project from the early stages. When we are able to collaborate with a designer during the initial phase, it allows us to … More

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rima.alsammarae

What is the importance of working with designers local to the interior theme?

Often times, when a project’s interior is meant to evoke a specific culture, it’s always more fruitful to bring in consultants or designers from those particular regions in the world. An example of the success that can derive from such global collaborations is … More

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nick.ames

Record number of entries and largest range of categories submitted for MEA Awards

As I write this I’m still getting over the standard of entries in this year’s Middle East Architect Awards. I know it’s an easy thing to say but the standard of entries – in the vast majority – has been truly outstanding. It … More

Staff Writer

Staff Writer

Designing for the public sector

By definition, the public sector and institutional organisations are the part of the economy concerned with providing various government services. In most countries, that sector includes services such as the environment, citizens’ affairs, public transit, public education, healthcare and accountability, among others. And … More

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nick.ames

How will BIM shape the future of design?

What do you feel is the future for BIM over the coming few years? I feel that BIM will become much more of a commodity. Up to now it has been a tool for the engineering community while others have been left in … More

rima.alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

A journey through space: What do we demand from hotel design?

The evolution of a ‘place to stay’ is closely related to the development of transportation systems, communication channels and other political developments. Not to dwell on these factors, I would like to look at how today’s hotels have developed and what they mean … More

Laura Bielecki’s tips on how to survive a major design show (plus etiquette)

There is a top lineup of design shows to see in the region and beyond in the next few months. As the UAE has a long list of exciting and world class projects coming up, designers are scrambling to design and construct in … More

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