Victory Heights Primary Heights / R+D Studio

22:00 - 10 February, 2016
© Edmund Sumner
© Edmund Sumner
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Design Team

    Shikha Doogar, Shridhar Rao, Rachita Malhotra, Neha Yadav, Aditi Bhatia, Anshul Kapoor, Samiksha Khanna, Harshat Verma, Mudit Gupta, Aarushi Kalra, Sanchit Arora, Shreya Gera
  • Area

    6160.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner +19

Workshop by Ken Yeang at Ajman University of Science & Technology, UAE

14:23 - 9 February, 2016

The department of Architectural Engineering at the College of Engineering in Ajman University of Science and Technology will be holding a workshop from 28th February – 1st March 2016. The workshop is entitled “EcoArchitecture: Green Buildings for UAE” delivered by internationally renowned architect Ken Yeang.

Santiago Calatrava Wins Competition to Design Landmark Observation Tower in Dubai

12:00 - 9 February, 2016
© Santiago Calatrava
© Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava has won an international competition to design a "landmark" observation tower in Dubai Creek Harbor. Selected over five other proposals, the design was inspired by Islamic architecture with the intention to "fuse modern, sustainable design with the rich culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates."

“This architectural wonder will be as great as the Burj Khalifa and the Eiffel Tower,” said Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Butterfly Aviary / 3deluxe

22:00 - 27 January, 2016
© JoaquínBusch
© JoaquínBusch

© JoaquínBusch © JoaquínBusch © JoaquínBusch © BjörnAsmussen +23

Yasser Elsheshtawy Reveals Theme for UAE Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 4 January, 2016
Entrance to a National (Sha’abi) House in the Salamat neighborhood in Al Ain. Photography by Yasser Elsheshtawy. Image Courtesy of National Pavilion UAE la Biennale di Venezia
Entrance to a National (Sha’abi) House in the Salamat neighborhood in Al Ain. Photography by Yasser Elsheshtawy. Image Courtesy of National Pavilion UAE la Biennale di Venezia

As announced in October 2015, UAEU professor Yasser Elsheshtawy has been selected to curate the United Arab Emirates pavilion for the 2016 Venice Biennale. Following the Biennale’s theme of Reporting from the Front, Elsheshtawy—who runs the blog Dubaization, a term he coined in 2004 to depict the influence of Dubai on the urban discourse—has chosen to highlight the country’s social housing program, known as Sha’abi housing, which began in the 1970s and continues on to today.

ArchDaily was given the opportunity to speak to Elsheshtawy about the history of the United Arab Emirates’ Sha’abi housing, and what role it might play in informing the urban future of a country that has become renowned for a very different type of architecture. Continue reading for our exclusive interview with Elsheshtawy on this year’s UAE pavilion.

Hai D3 / ibda design

22:00 - 31 December, 2015
Courtesy of Hai D3
Courtesy of Hai D3
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Architect in Charge

    Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto
  • Design Team

    Yuka Takeuchi, Sho Ikeya, Takeshi Harikai, Takuma Fujisaki, Makoto Udagawa, Lloyd Fontilla
  • Area

    1877.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Hai D3

Courtesy of Hai D3 Courtesy of Hai D3 Courtesy of Hai D3 Courtesy of Hai D3 +15

Conference: Leaders in Architecture MENA

09:36 - 16 December, 2015

Leaders in Architecture MENA is dedicated to developing, celebrating and connecting architects, interior designers and senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, government officials, engineers and solution providers. Gathering the most senior industry professionals from across the world, the summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture, set future business plans and appreciate breathtaking and daring architecture.

The World’s Largest Current Construction Projects

08:00 - 2 December, 2015
via Foam Fabricators
via Foam Fabricators

All over the world, projects are being built. From pavilions to skyscrapers, the range of scales is tremendous, and even among the multitude, some projects stand head and shoulders above the rest in terms of sheer size, cost, and ambition. The following infographic collects eight of the largest projects that are currently in construction all over the world. With countries like Egypt, the United Kingdom, China, and The United Arab Emirates represented, they showcase a definite diversity while supporting the trend of extreme growth throughout Asia and the Middle-East that has been prevalent in the past decade - the UAE alone hosting three of the eight projects.

Some projects comprise multiple buildings – the Yas Island Complex in Abu Dhabi already features landmarks like the Yas Island Yacht Club and the Yas Hotel - while others are a single, massive piece of infrastructure like the Great Man-Made River Project in Libya. See them all after the break.

Yasser Elsheshtawy to Curate UAE Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

16:00 - 22 October, 2015
"Lest We Forget" - UAE's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh
"Lest We Forget" - UAE's Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2014. Image © Nico Saieh

UAEU professor Yasser Elsheshtawy has been appointed to curate the United Arab Emirates' participation at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Elsheshtawy plans to work with a group of selected interns on an exhibition that will reflect the UAE's contribution to the advancement of architecture and culture. A theme for the exhibition has yet to be announced. 

FLASH Entertainment New Offices / M+N Architecture

21:00 - 24 September, 2015
© Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography
© Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography

© Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography © Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography +26

Dubai to Host World's First 3D Printed Building

16:17 - 2 July, 2015
via Obras
via Obras

The United Arab Emirates National Innovation Committee has unveiled plans to build the world's first 3D printed structure with a massive, 20-foot-tall 3D printer. Though many structures have utilized 3D printing, none have been entirely built by using the technology. Everything - the building's structure, interior finishes, and furniture - will be 3D printed in sections and then assembled on site, according to a report by 3DPrint. The 2,000-square-foot building will then be used to house the Museum of the Future headquarters in Dubai.

AS+GG, Burj Khalifa Architect to Design World's Tallest Commercial Tower

16:13 - 17 June, 2015
Burj Khalifa / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG). Image © Flickr CC user Christian van Elven
Burj Khalifa / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG). Image © Flickr CC user Christian van Elven

Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has been commissioned by Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) to design the world's tallest commercial tower, "Burj 2020." As Emirates 24/7 reports, AS+GG will work with WATG, a "top destination creation consultancy" who's been appointed to envision the Burj 2020 District's masterplan, to realize a "world-class destination" that will "set new levels of efficiency and urban sustainability."

Dubai Design District Taps Foster + Partners To Design Its Second Phase

13:09 - 5 May, 2015
© Foster + Partners
© Foster + Partners

The Dubai Design District (d3) has tapped Foster + Partners to design its masterplan's second phase. Spanning one million-square-feet, the new development will be a "Creative Community" that will serve as a "thriving cultural epicenter" within d3, and an "incubator" for emerging designers an artists. 

“This is an exciting initiative, which supports young creatives, and allows Dubai’s design scene to flourish from within," says Gerard Evenden, Studio Head at Foster + Partners. 

Viola Communications Office / M+N Architecture

23:00 - 14 April, 2015
© Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography
© Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography

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Dubai’s Museum of the Future to be Partially 3-D Printed

12:50 - 6 March, 2015
© Dubai Government
© Dubai Government

“See the future, create the future,” this is the motto of Dubai’s newly unveiled “Museum of the Future.” The metallic oblong-structure, planned for a corner lot in Dubai’s central financial district  next to the Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, is said to become “an incubator for ideas and real designs, a driver for innovation and a global destination for inventors and entrepreneurs.” 

"The world is entering a new era of accelerated knowledge and great technological revolutions,” tweeted United Arab Emirates prime minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. "We aim to lead in that era, not to follow and lag behind. The Museum of the Future is the first step of many to come, marking the beginning of great achievements."

Holograms, robotics and 3-D printing will play a crucial role in the structure’s realization. Learn more and watch a video fly-through the building after the break.

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Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium / Pattern Design

23:00 - 4 March, 2015
© Dennis Gilbert
© Dennis Gilbert
  • Architects

  • Location

    Al Ain - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
  • Architect of Record

    Mark Habre and Associate
  • Lead Consultant and Master Planner

  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Dennis Gilbert

© Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert © Dennis Gilbert +19

Bee’ah HeadquartBee’ah Headquartersers / Zaha Hadid Architects

01:00 - 18 December, 2014
© Zaha Hadid Architects / MIR
© Zaha Hadid Architects / MIR

Designs have been released for Bee’ah’s new headquarters in Sharjah. The Middle Eastern environmental and waste management company commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), following an invited competition, to design a facility that reflects their goal to operate entirely from renewable energy sources and move towards zero waste, as well as increase their educational outreach. 

ZHA’s design builds from its desert context, acting as two energy efficient “dunes” that intersect to form a central “oasis.” Watch an animated tour through the building, after the break.

© Zaha Hadid Architects / MIR © Zaha Hadid Architects / MIR © Zaha Hadid Architects / MIR © Zaha Hadid Architects / MIR +7

World’s Tallest Twin Towers Planned for Dubai

00:00 - 30 October, 2014
© Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding; Courtesy of Gizmodo
© Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding; Courtesy of Gizmodo

Developers Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings have unveiled a new mega development planned for Dubai, dubbed Dubai Creek Harbour. Though no official architects have been named, the 6 million-square-meter masterplan is designed to be three times larger than downtown Dubai and will include the world’s tallest twin towers.