How science and tech solutions are transforming the flooring industry

Environmental issues and shortages in supply chain raw materials are stretching the flooring industry worldwide. Here, Vik Vithlani, regional sales director of flooring at Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings EMEAI, examines how science and technology are finding the solutions. Barriers to effective, modern … More

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Comment: Lighting gets smaller, smarter and ever-more sustainable

With more funding being spent on research related to well-being, it’s hard to keep up with new findings and statistics in the field of design. However, there is one topic in particular that seems to have got everyone’s attention currently – lighting. It’s … More

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Opinion: Research elevates design and its impact

I have a confession: I had a star-struck moment recently. Her energy is infectious, and her ideas, thought-provoking. I’m talking about our cover personality in the April issue of Commercial Interior Design (CID), Patricia Urquiola ( page 12), who was in town to … More

Rima Alsammarae

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Is architecture a returning profession among women in Saudi Arabia?

“I’m an architect – I don’t believe gender is relevant,” said Sumaya Dabbagh, principal of Dabbagh Architects. “However, when you come from Saudi Arabia, where, during the mid-1980s, women were banned from studying architecture, gender, as an architect, becomes relevant.” These comments came … More

Adapting to the age of the ‘gigaproject’

Megaprojects in the construction industry are nothing to scoff at. These projects are often huge in scale—costing around  $1bn—and face a range of environmental, social and political challenges.  Recently, an explosion of multi-billion dollar projects are unveiling a new construction paradigm dubbed the … More

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The inherent sustainability of context-driven architecture

For some, it may feel like it’s been a long time coming – the recent, overwhelming understanding within the industry that regional vernacular architecture can provide a number of solutions to modern-day challenges. I’m not just referring to courtyards, wind tunnels and perforated … More

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GCC markets are coming to terms with what it means to be truly sustainable

“Sustainability is about being local,” said Duncan Denley, managing director of desert INK, this month’s knowledge partner. “Which means it’s about sourcing locally, like reusing waste materials. There are so many factors that can contribute to the sustainability of a project.” Having just … More

Atkins’ Salim Hussain discusses the importance of quality mentorship programmes

While assisting some of Atkins’ younger architects with their professional practice exams, I was asked to sign a declaration confirming that I was acting as their ‘mentor’. Assistance to colleagues is always offered, but the formal nature of this question caused me to … More

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Research and technology are driving commercial bathroom and kitchen design

Bathrooms and kitchens are two of the most integral parts of any space. In commercial projects, they straddle form and function, while also keeping the maintenance in check. The good news is leading brands are collaborating with designers to integrate both aspects as … More

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Opinion: Dubai is the centre of the design universe

It’s not an exaggeration when people say that Dubai moves twice as fast as the rest of the world. We’re already in the second month of 2018, and I’ve now been in this wonderful city for five months. Having recently moved from Singapore, … More

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