Shweta Parida

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Fit-out brings a challenging paradigm to interior design

Construction activities in the GCC seem to have gained momentum this year with several new retail, hospitality and leisure properties having been launched recently. In addition to a host of luxury hotel projects, there has also been an increase in the mid-segment hotels, … More

Design and build should remain independent of each other to create a better environment says Indu Varanasi

As architects and spatial designers, we have a great responsibility to ensure that the spaces we design are conducive to good living. To put things in context, we are building more than ever; resources, democracy and equality has given us the opportunity to … More

Rima Alsammarae

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How events like the Sharjah Architecture Triennial lay a foundation for the emirate’s rapidly changing urban makeup

Sharjah, like many cities in the Middle East and North Africa, has an incredibly rich architectural and cultural history. Some of its momentous buildings include the Radisson Blu Resort on the corniche, King Faisal Mosque, the Holiday International Hotel in Al Buhaira, and … More

BIM’s benefits are clear, but it’s still confusing GCC industry

Building information modelling (BIM) is seen as vital for the architecture, engineering and construction industries as it looks to digital transformation to tackle inherent challenges such as budget overspend, project delays, and quality control issues. Governments have been mandating the use of BIM … More

Happy cities: Making wellbeing quantifiable

David Green, who leads Perkins+Will’s Cities + Sites practice worldwide and focuses on large-scale master-planning and urban design projects, discusses how to create happiness among city dwellers through design. Urban planning and happiness For most modern industries, ensuring the wellbeing of mankind has … More

Shweta Parida

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UAE well-poised to embrace more sustainable development practices, says Muhammad BinGhatti

About the author: Muhammad BinGhatti (pictured above) is the CEO and head of architecture, Binghatti Developers, a leading urban design-led property development company based in the UAE. Binghatti Developers has recently taken the spotlight at the 2018 MENA Green Building Awards by winning … More

Will Gulf firms embrace disruptive technology?

Technological advancement can be linked to a theory called Moore’s Law, which predicted that the number of transistors on a computer circuit would double every two years. This observation by Intel co-founder, Gordon Moore, has held true, and we have seen smaller and … More

The challenge for architects to adapt to shifts in school design is not a creative, it is cultural says David Clarke, dwp

As digital disruption changes the classroom, schools must become centres of collaboration and co-creation. But if you think it’s as simple as smart building design, think again, says dwp’s education lead, David Clarke. Rapidly evolving technology – from automation to artificial intelligence – … More

Rima Alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

The GCC is targeting a new tenant and it’s affecting the way residential projects are being built

In April, Middle East Architect held a round table at Cosentino’s showroom in Dubai with four architects based in the UAE. While various topics came up, from the need for more affordable housing (which can be found on the following pages) to the … More

Shweta Parida

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Well-designed outdoor spaces add value to projects, say architects

As the region’s real estate industry continues to flourish, so does the design sector, led by a number of hospitality developments. Experts largely agree that the standard and quality of design have become better over time. One of the segments that has made … More

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