Topic: architecture

Mexican architect and Dubai Municipality settle Dubai Frame case

Mexican architect Fernando Donis has settled a dispute with the Dubai Municipality after accusations of his competition design entry being used without permission for Dubai Frame.  Donis had earlier filed suit in US federal court against the Dubai Municipality and ThyssenKrupp Elevator, claiming he not … More

Blue Camel discusses the challenges of fitting out OMA’s Concrete building

Officially inaugurated in March 2017, Concrete involved combining four former warehouse spaces to create a 1,250m2 events hub that can be configured into 25 different modules, with the ability to accommodate public events, exhibitions, performances, and lectures. The planning strategy for the OMA-designed … More

designMENA Summit: ZHA reaches record number of buildings under construction, says head of region Tariq Khayyat

At the designMENA Summit 2017, Tariq Khayyat, senior associate and head of region at Zaha Hadid Architects, said the firm is “now at the peak of buildings under construction.” “We are delivering so many buildings on site — I would mark it at … More

Egypt revives dream of Abu Dhabi-like capital in the desert

In Egypt’s eastern desert, roads are being carved across vast expanses of sand where the government is building a new administrative capital, a long-cherished project that has failed in the past. According to Arabian Business, the city will be complete with luxury hotels, … More

Antonio Citterio-designed Bulgari Resort opens in Dubai

Italian architecture firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel has completed the architecture and interior design of the newly opened Bulgari Resort in Dubai, resembling a traditional seaside village in southern Italy. The 1.4m square foot property is located on the seahorse-shaped Jumeirah Bay island, … More

designMENA Summit: ‘We need to be very aware of what we’re doing,’ says Korean architect Minsuk Cho

“I think everything you do is political,” said Korean architect Minsuk Cho, founder of Seoul-based studio Mass Studies. “Wasn’t it Winston Churchill who said that? He said something like, ‘We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.’ I think it’s very important and … More

Five popular mobile apps for architects and designers

The technology revolution is changing the way most industries operate and has had a particularly immense impact on the design industry — from interior design to architecture and graphic design. With the popularity of smart phones and tablets, mundane tasks have become less … More

MVRDV designs mixed-use ‘Pixel’ development for Abu Dhabi’s Makers District

Rotterdam-based architecture studio MVRDV has unveiled its design for a new mixed-use development in Abu Dhabi, Pixel, complete with residential, working, and retail components. The 76,000m2 development is set to become the firm’s first project in the UAE, and is located in the … More

Sahel Al Hiyari Architects completes contemporary residence among the oak trees in Amman neighbourhood Dabouq

Situated in the growing suburb of Dabouq, just north of Amman, a single-family residence overlooks the site’s many native oak trees. Looking to create a dialogue between the surrounding topography and the project’s architecture, the team worked with the sloping landscape and organised … More

“If you don’t get design right from the beginning, technology will not help you later” says Ahmad Bukhash of Archidentity

During a panel discussion that looked at reviving and reinterpreting heritage in the UAE at the fifth edition of designMENA Summit, one of the panelists, Ahmad Bukhash chief architect and founder of Archidentity, commented on the importance of focusing on the functional qualities … More

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