Topic: technology

Design experts weigh in on the changing face of retail design

With consumer behaviour changing rapidly, businesses are relying on interactive design via technology to draw the crowds. Despite the challenges facing the region’s retail sector due to an influx of e-commerce ventures – both regional and international, as well as the prevailing economic … More

New video reveals first look at Dubai-Abu Dhabi Hyperloop commute

A new video shared by Dubai Media Office’s Twitter account reveals what a 12-minute Hyperloop journey from Dubai to Abu Dhabi will look like. The video shows a Hyperloop passenger pod, set inside a white spaceship-like capsule. During UAE Innovation Month in February, Virgin … More

Roundtable: Architects from Dubai’s JT+Partners discuss the impact of technology on hotel design in the GCC

At a recent roundtable held by JT+Partners, an award-winning architecture and design practice with offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Beirut, four architects from the firm came together to discuss the future of designing for hospitality in the GCC, and the impact technology … 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

Artificial intelligence set to boost UAE economy by $2035

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology may boost the UAE’s economy by 1.6 percent and add $182 billion to its economy by 2035, according to a new report by Accenture. The report – which examined 15 industries in the UAE and 13 in neighbouring Saudi … More

Patricia Urquiola talks to designMENA about her experimental approach to design

Patricia Urquiola had stepped off the plane from Vietnam just a few hours earlier, before having to make an appearance at the newly opened Poltrona Frau Group ME’s showroom in Dubai, which showcases Italian brands Cassina, Cappellini, and Poltrona Frau. “I haven’t slept … More

Buildings of the future need to focus on people says Aurecon’s Peter Greaves

Putting people at the centre when designing and delivering buildings of the future is crucial to unlocking the potential of new technologies. Designers often get so caught up in the technology involved in buildings of the future, that they forget who a building … More

Dubai’s RTA halts Hyperloop route claims

Dubai’s transport authority on Thursday poured cold water on plans to build a revolutionary Hyperloop system connecting the city with other emirates, Arabian Business reported. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said in a series of tweets that there is “no specific route … More

Technology is pushing forward human-centric lighting, experts reveal

Aesthetics aside, lighting has become an integral part of interior design. It not only encourages a dialogue among the different dimensions – light, space and time – but also takes on a multitude of roles within architectural spaces and built environments. From creating … More

Construction begins on world’s first full-scale hyperloop system

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (Hyperloop TT) has commenced construction work on a full-scale hyperloop system, Construction Week Online reported. Bibop Gresta, chairman of Hyperloop TT, said the company would deliver “the first full-scale passenger capsule” at its research and development (R&D) centre in Toulouse, … More

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