AUS academic Cristiano Luchetti examines Snohetta’s fish market in Oman

Muttrah’s fish market has always been more than just a place for trading. It’s a cultural emblem that anchors the northern end of the old town’s corniche in Muscat. A neighbourhood staple of the everyday life of the local community, the vendors roll … More

Rima Alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

We need better architecture

I won’t name names. Or buildings. But I think we’ve all had that same conversation, again and again, about how great everything is without actually meaning it. We sit down to discuss a new project that just opened somewhere in the GCC – … More

Staff Writer

Staff Writer

Current trends signal the growing influence of millennials on hotel design

The fundamentals of a great hospitality experience used to be friendly service, clean and comfortable lodgings and good food. Somewhere in the past decade, it has grown to include seamless connectivity, preservation of the earth, and an immersive guest experience tinged with local … More

Staff Writer

Staff Writer

Design acts as a powerful change agent in society by challenging status quo

As a design journalist based in Dubai, I feel incredibly lucky to be able to follow my passion in a region where the A+D industry seems to be in a permanent state of creative churn. While 2017 saw many an iconic building take … More

U+A architects on balancing between technology and concept design

Our current economic climate is accelerating development faster than ever before. This rapid growth depends on fast-paced projects and uncompromising design quality – a daunting dilemma for architects, and an ancient and intrinsic economic formula that has been incited by the current culture … More

Rima Alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

Building for the future: How the technology revolution is affecting architecture

This month’s special report focuses on design technology, which can mean two things. The first being technology that helps architects design new projects, like BIM or 3D printing, and the second refers to technology in design, like material innovation. While exploring this month’s … More

Developers must sell space based on consumer data, not square footage

Ibrahim Ibrahim, managing director at Portland Design Associates, the London-based branding, retail strategy, and design consultancy part of the Perkins+Will group of companies, discusses the changing face of retail. Ibrahim highlights that part of the firm’s design process is based on research and an … More

Marina Petrovic

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Farewell letter from the editor: CID is more than the sum of its parts

It is with some sadness that I write these lines as it is the last CID editor’s letter that I shall pen. As many of you know, I am leaving for a fresh challenge after a thoroughly enjoyable period editing Commercial Interior Design … More

Rima Alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

Meeting up with the region’s renowned architects put a spotlight on the past

In early October, I was invited to Coventry and London to meet with architects, academics and theorists to discuss housing reconstruction in Mosul, Iraq. Among those in attendance were Palestinian architect Rasem Badran, Dewan CEO Mohamed Al-Assam, Philip Michael Wolfson, Caecilia Pieri, who … More

The relevance of transit and destination malls in an e-commerce world

By Hugo Van Der Schaegh, general manager at ODG With e-commerce poised to hit an all-time high and reach over US$27 trillion by 2020, conventional shopping malls are feeling the heat. Their significant transformation is now important or they stand to face the … More

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