Topic: sustainability

Evolution in transportation, fuel and building materials to influence the future of sustainable cities says Foster + Partners

Changes in the urban environment over the next decade will be driven by a global evolution in the transportation, fuel, and building materials industries, said  Gerard Evenden, senior executive partner and head of studio at Foster+Partners, Construction Week Online reported.  Speaking ahead of his … More

TAGO Architects will soon complete solar-reliant building in Istanbul

Turkish architecture firm TAGO Architects will soon complete the Roya Nova, an Istanbul-based project featuring a structural layout that benefits from solar energy. According to the architects, the building’s architectural design minimises manpower by arranging its 255 units in such a way as … More

Dubai launches first commercial vertical farm venture

The GCC’s first commercial vertical indoor farm, Badia Farms, has launched in Dubai with ambitious plans to pioneer the future of the region’s agriculture industry, Arabian Business reported. Using the latest hydroponic technology and vertical farming techniques, the farm produces nutritious and pesticide-free … More

Winners revealed for Surge for Water design competition

Eleven high-profile UAE-based designers revealed their bespoke lighting creations at Surge for Water’s annual gala last month. Surge for Water, a global non-profit organisation working for access to clean water across 11 countries, challenged the designers to create sustainable lighting installations to raise awareness … More

Lebanese architect creates home from recycled materials that generates electricity

A project to build a home made from recycled materials which also generates its own electricity has been unveiled by Lebanese architect Nizar Haddad. Lifehaus homes include a greenhouse for growing food, solar panels for generating renewable energy, sustainable water use through rainwater … More

Zaha Hadid-designed Bee’ah HQ tops out in Sharjah

Bee’ah commemorated the completion of the highest point of its new Zaha Hadid-designed headquarters with a topping out ceremony, held earlier this month at the site in Al Saj’ah. Bee’ah says the event indicates the progress of the project, and is on course for a Q4 2018 … More

MEA Awards 2017: AGi Architects’ Wind Tower in Kuwait wins Sustainable Project of the Year

AGi Architects was awarded Sustainable Project of the Year at the 2017 Middle East Architect Awards for its work on the Wind Tower. Read more about the project here.  Located in Salmiya, Kuwait, the residential project reinterprets local environmental techniques. The services core … More

Video: Grimshaw’s Sustainability Pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020 features ‘solar trees’

In early 2016, it was announced that London-based firm Grimshaw has been selected to design the Sustainability Pavilion, one of the three theme pavilions for Dubai Expo 2020. Set to open in October 2020, the pavilion is a celebration of ecology with a … More

desert INK to design maze-like installation for Downtown Design

Landscape architects desert INK is set to design an installation which will be positioned at the entrance of Downtown Design, combining elements of landscaping, art and architecture. The installation forms the entrance to the exhibition, intended to guide visitors through a maze-like path … More

UAE’s Masdar funds UK research centre to investigate ‘wonder material’

A new research centre at the University of Manchester in England aimed at marketing products and technologies made from a “wonder material” known as graphene will be called The Masdar Building, Arabian Business reported. Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, better known as Masdar, … More

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