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"Transformations: The Emirati National House": Inside UAE's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

16:20 - 22 August, 2016
"Transformations: The Emirati National House": Inside UAE's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, Courtesy of NPUAE
Courtesy of NPUAE

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

In response to Alejandro Aravena’s Biennale theme “Reporting from the Front” the UAE National Pavilion, commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, and supported by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, has chosen as its main theme the transformation of the UAE National house, also known as Sha’abi, or People’s house – a housing program that was introduced in the UAE in the early 1970s to house what was then a fairly transient population.

In Progress: Louvre Abu Dhabi / Jean Nouvel

03:00 - 12 August, 2016
In Progress: Louvre Abu Dhabi / Jean Nouvel, © TDIC
© TDIC

© TDIC © TDIC © TDIC © TDIC +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
  • Client

    TDIC
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

    TDIC

Perkins+Will's Raised Bowl Design to be the Largest Stadium in the UAE

16:00 - 11 August, 2016
Perkins+Will's Raised Bowl Design to be the Largest Stadium in the UAE , Courtesy of Perkins+Will
Courtesy of Perkins+Will

The Boston office of Perkins+Will has been selected to design a new mixed-use sports complex in Dubai. The development's centerpiece will be the 60,000-seat Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium, which when completed will become the largest stadium in the UAE. Other facilities will include training facilities, a practice pitch, warm-up areas, a 5,000 space car park, a museum, and a multi-purpose sports hall, as well as retail, restaurant and public plaza areas.

Courtesy of Perkins+Will Courtesy of Perkins+Will Courtesy of Perkins+Will Courtesy of Perkins+Will +13

Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co) Releases Plans for Healthcare Facility in UAE

12:00 - 18 June, 2016
 Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co) Releases Plans for Healthcare Facility in UAE, © Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co)
© Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co)

Philippe Barriere Collective (PB+Co) has released the plans for a Bio Climatic Health Care Facility at an eco-resort in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. The facility includes a Chelation Clinic, Integrated Dental Domes, Healing Clinic, and individual bungalows for private patient residences.

Overall, the alternative medical center intends to combine wildlife discovery, nature conservancy, and outdoor activities as part of the patients’ healing processes.

Watch the Louvre Abu Dhabi Perimeter Flood

16:00 - 17 June, 2016

Earlier this week, the temporary sea wall that had been separating the Louvre Abu Dhabi from the seawater of the Persian Gulf was removed, creating a new harmony between site and structure as envisioned in the original project renderings. The building, which was conceived in 2007 and designed by Jean Nouvel, is set to open later this year.

CEBRA and SLA Design a School for The Sustainable City in Dubai

12:00 - 26 May, 2016
CEBRA and SLA Design a School for The Sustainable City in Dubai, Courtesy of CEBRA (Architecture) & SLA (Landscape)
Courtesy of CEBRA (Architecture) & SLA (Landscape)

CEBRA, in collaboration with landscape architect SLA, has designed the Sustainable School for The Sustainable City in Dubai. In opposition to hot-climate educational environments that are often large, air-conditioned structures, CEBRA’s vision for The Sustainable City proposes a permeability between outdoor and indoor learning environments, utilizing both in equal measure.

Courtesy of CEBRA (Architecture) & SLA (Landscape) Courtesy of CEBRA (Architecture) & SLA (Landscape) Courtesy of CEBRA (Architecture) & SLA (Landscape) Courtesy of CEBRA (Architecture) & SLA (Landscape) +5

Al Warqa’a Mosque / ibda design

22:00 - 18 May, 2016
Al Warqa’a Mosque  / ibda design, © Sadao Hotta
© Sadao Hotta

© Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta © Sadao Hotta +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dubai - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Architect in Charge

    Wael Al Awar, Kenichi Teramoto
  • Area

    1400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

The Sheikh Zayed Academy / Rosan Bosch Studio

22:00 - 11 May, 2016
The Sheikh Zayed Academy / Rosan Bosch Studio , © Kim Wendt
© Kim Wendt
  • Architects

  • Location

    Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
  • Creative Director

    Rosan Bosch
  • Area

    29000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Kim Wendt © Kim Wendt © Kim Wendt © Kim Wendt +42

Santiago Calatrava's Winning Design for the UAE Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo

12:45 - 3 May, 2016
Santiago Calatrava's Winning Design for the UAE Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo, Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava
Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava has won the competition to design the United Arab Emirates Pavilion for the Dubai World Expo in 2020. Nine finalists submitted 11 concepts that were evaluated on three criteria: their expression of Expo’s theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” whether the design was evocative of the UAE, and if a balance was struck between the country’s past and future. Calatrava’s design proposes a 15,000 square meter pavilion with exhibition areas, an auditorium, food and beverage outlets, and VIP lounges. The design is meant to evoke the wings of a falcon in flight, linking itself to the country’s history of falconry to emphasize the country’s present day goals of global connectedness.

Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava +4

Here's How Dubai Plans to Become the Design Capital of the Middle East

09:30 - 13 April, 2016
Here's How Dubai Plans to Become the Design Capital of the Middle East, London-based architecture firm Foster + Partners has designed a central community space for the district, due to be completed in 2018. Image Courtesy of Dubai Design Week
London-based architecture firm Foster + Partners has designed a central community space for the district, due to be completed in 2018. Image Courtesy of Dubai Design Week

In recent years, it's been no secret that Dubai has been attempting to diversify its industries, as the city moves on from being an oil-based economy. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Dubai: Making a Creative Capital from Scratch," Ali Morris investigates how the city is building its own design district to rival London or New York - and doing so despite starting from almost nothing.

In cities where a faded industrial area exists, a creative community often follows. It’s a well-established cycle of urban regeneration that has played out in Berlin, London, and New York. Attracted by cheap rent and large, empty spaces, the creatives come, building up areas with independent cafés and stores before inevitably being priced out of the market by the very gentrification they helped to bring about.

So what happens in a city so young that it doesn’t have a dilapidated area for the creatives to occupy? When the city in question is Dubai, which was still just a desert fishing settlement until around the 1960s, you build it from scratch, of course. With the second part of a three-phase build unveiled last year, Dubai Design District (known as d3) is a sprawling 15.5-million-square-foot (1.4 million square meter) development located in a desert plot on the eastern edge of the city. Circled by multilane highways and located between downtown Dubai and a wildlife reserve, d3 has been masterminded as a framework from which to grow and sustain a new design ecosystem.

Ali Al-Sammarraie assembled his "Detritus Wall" installation using refuse cardboard and wood. Image Courtesy of Dubai Design Week The Dubai Design District (d3) is planned as a creative neighborhood within reach of the city’s downtown. Image Courtesy of Dubai Design Week One of the installations constructed by local designers for the inaugural Dubai Design Week in 2015, "Yaroof" by Aljoud Lootah references the traditional form of fishing in the area. Nylon ropes strung on octagonal frames also call to mind arabesque motifs. Image Courtesy of Dubai Design Week The installation "Earth Hives" by Emirati artist and designer Latifa Saeed and Syrian-born designer Talin Hazbar reexplores the legacy of terra-cotta craft in the UAE. Image Courtesy of Dubai Design Week +8

Wasit Natural Reserve Visitor Centre / X Architects

02:00 - 22 March, 2016
Wasit Natural Reserve Visitor Centre / X Architects, © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sharjah - United Arab Emirates - Sharjah - United Arab Emirates
  • Design Team

    Ahmed Al-Ali, Farid Esmaeil, Mirco Urban, Pariya Manafi, Dana Sheikh, Abdullah Bashir, Waleed Al Mezaini, Christian Geronimo, Brian Abarintos, Eyad Zarafeh, HaiderAl Kalamchi
  • Client

    EPAA, Environmental and Protected Area Authority
  • Area

    2534.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +18

OMA's First UAE Project to be in Dubai

12:30 - 15 March, 2016
OMA's First UAE Project to be in Dubai , © OMA
© OMA

OMA has won a commission to design their first project in the United Arab Emirates. The winning proposal will transform four warehouses on Dubai's Alserkal Avenue into a new multi-purpose venue that will connect local architects and artists, and highlight the role intelligent design plays in the city. 

“The main strategy for the design of the event space is to blur the boundary between interior and exterior by bringing view and daylight into the space and extending the action and events to the public space outside," said Iyad Alsaka, OMA's MEA Partner in Charge.

Foster, BIG and Grimshaw Design Main Pavilions for Expo 2020 Dubai

14:00 - 14 March, 2016
Foster, BIG and Grimshaw Design Main Pavilions for Expo 2020 Dubai , © Expo 2020 Dubai
© Expo 2020 Dubai

Foster + Partners, BIG and Grimshaw Architects have won a competition to design pavilions for Expo 2020 Dubai. Under the Expo’s 2020 theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, the teams were selected from 13 invited practices to design three themed pavilions within the Expo's HOK-designed masterplan: Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability.

"A key criterion for the competition was ensuring that the designs not only embodied one of Expo’s core themes, but also had the flexibility and longevity to live on as landmarks and functional structures after the Expo is complete in 2021," said the organizers in a press release. 

AL_A Wins Competition to Design Abu Dhabi Mosque

14:00 - 2 March, 2016
AL_A Wins Competition to Design Abu Dhabi Mosque, Prayer Hall. Image © AL_A
Prayer Hall. Image © AL_A

AL_A has won a competition to design a new mosque within the Foster + Partner-designed World Trade Center complex in Abu Dhabi. The 2000-square-meter project, envisioned as a "pathway to serenity" rather than a single building, leads visitors on a journey through an informal park of palm trees that slowly align with the mosque's shifted grid as users approach the Prayer Hall. Once inside, visitors are facing towards Mecca. 

"The mosque is envisaged as a piece of the city, one that reflects the journey from the temporal to the spiritual," said AL_A director Ho-Yin Ng. "The mosque and the garden become one, with the trees and the columns forming an informal vertical landscape and allowing Friday prayers to spill outside."

Victory Heights Primary School / R+D Studio

22:00 - 10 February, 2016
Victory Heights Primary School / R+D Studio, © 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
Workshop by Ken Yeang at Ajman University of Science & Technology, UAE

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 Wins Competition to Design Landmark Observation Tower in Dubai, © 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
Butterfly Aviary / 3deluxe, © JoaquínBusch
© JoaquínBusch

© JoaquínBusch © JoaquínBusch © JoaquínBusch © BjörnAsmussen +23