rima.alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

“It’s nice to see designers getting more involved with events across the region” says CID editor

This month, I met with Design Days Dubai fair director Cyril Zammit to discuss the fourth edition of the trade fair. During our meeting, it was brought to my attention just how many exhibitors from the Middle East will be present. The UAE … More

The rise of Emirati designers: fast fad or not?

In the last few years more and more Emiratis have started to carry the professional title ‘designer’. While artists have always been rather prevalent in our culture, to associate with the designer label is a new occurrence. Some may argue with me over … More

Keeping up with interior design trends

By Judd Lord, senior director of industrial design, Delta Faucet Company Having worked in the design sphere for over 21 years, I have witnessed first-hand how interior design trends have changed over the years and how they continue to evolve – from floral … More

rima.alsammarae

rima.alsammarae

“When it comes to interior design, trends are long-lasting”, says CID editor

This month we drafted up a trends report, as is our tradition every January. And in most industries, driving trends always seem to come and go in the blink of an eye. This is true for fashion and often film and music. However, … More

nick.ames

nick.ames

Architecture in cinema

It’s always interesting to see how creative people see the impact of architecture – and what message it can convey. So I decided to spend a bit of the recent holiday period seeing how film-makers used cityscapes in their movies. New York is … More

Building the Burj Al-Arab – a personal recollection

Simon Crispe of Atkins remembers the start of the architectural transformation of Dubai I can still clearly remember arriving in Dubai for the first time back in 1993 for the project which would become known as the Burj Al Arab. As we crossed … More

aidan.imanova

aidan.imanova

How can designers and architects improve their social media strategy for 2015?

With the year coming to an end, it’s time for designers and architects to re-evaluate their digital communication strategies. Every year brings an array of new channels, tools, and platforms for marketers to utilise, and 2015 promises a great deal of game-changing  news. … More

nick.ames

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

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