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

nick.ames

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

rima.alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

Regional interior design reaches maturity

This year we received more nominations for the CID Awards than ever. Over 200 nominations were submitted and because of them I was able to really analyse the improvement made within the region’s design industry just in the past year. From hospitality to … More

nick.ames

nick.ames

Architects break rules in interesting ways

Architects seem to enjoy breaking the rules on what is accepted as possible in the most interesting ways. One things that makes this job really worth doing is the constant surprises it throws up. I’d never really have thought I’d be plummeting towards … More

nick.ames

nick.ames

Developers taking greater care over commissioning projects since recession

The economic downturn has meant developers are taking greater care when commissioning projects according to Godwin Austen Johnson’s Jason Burnside.  Clients also understand the benefits that can come from a good design concept as they seek to ensure maximum return on an investment, … More

rima.alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

A voice of reason

A few months ago, news of the Expo 2020 win for Dubai broke out. It was all the news seemed to report on for a short while. My inbox filled up with reports on the effect the Expo would have and how great … More

aidan.imanova

aidan.imanova

When every drop counts: The danger of water scarcity in the Middle East

Water is a basic human necessity. Yet, it is one of our scarcest resources, particularly here in the Middle East. Never has the value of this precious commodity been as apparent as in the UAE’s scorching summer heat, reinforced by the timely arrival … More

nick.ames

nick.ames

Five minutes with Cem Kapancioglu, CK Architecture

0.00 What is your speciality in the world of design? We have undertaken many projects but at the moment we are very interested in healthcare interiors – how they can best be designed to make the right environment for the entire healing process. … More

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