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These Statuettes of Architectural Landmarks Offer a Stylish Alternative to Typical Souvenirs

12:00 - 25 March, 2017
These Statuettes of Architectural Landmarks Offer a Stylish Alternative to Typical Souvenirs, Courtesy of Konstantin Kolesov
Courtesy of Konstantin Kolesov

Russian designer Konstantin Kolesov has created a collection of finely-crafted souvenirs celebrating iconic architectural landmarks from around the globe. The Jsouv Collection consists of 15 pieces, depicting landmarks from New York, London, Tokyo, Dubai and more. Crafted from solid aluminum, the souvenirs are accompanied by a natural walnut base engraved with a 2D emblem of the city in question. With the souvenirs currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo, Jsouv is also offering a t-shirt collection with unique prints of each city and landmark.

Courtesy of Konstantin Kolesov Courtesy of Konstantin Kolesov Courtesy of Konstantin Kolesov Courtesy of Konstantin Kolesov +14

Art Jameel Announces New Serie-Designed Arts Center in Dubai

14:00 - 18 March, 2017
Art Jameel Announces New Serie-Designed Arts Center in Dubai, Courtesy of Serie
Courtesy of Serie

Non-profit organization Art Jameel have announced a new Serie-Architects-designed Arts Center in Dubai that will partner with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to acquire works by modern and contemporary artists from the Middle East.

The 10,000 square meter, three-story, multi-disciplinary space is designed to become a “hub for educational and research initiatives, while its wider programming embraces collaboration and partnerships with local, regional, and international artists, curators, and organizations.”

Courtesy of Serie Courtesy of Serie Courtesy of Serie Courtesy of Serie +16

Concrete at Alserkal Avenue / OMA

09:20 - 16 March, 2017
Concrete at Alserkal Avenue / OMA, © Mohamed Somji, courtesy Alserkal Avenue
© Mohamed Somji, courtesy Alserkal Avenue

© Mohamed Somji, courtesy Alserkal Avenue © Mohamed Somji, courtesy Alserkal Avenue © Mohamed Somji, courtesy Alserkal Avenue © Mohamed Somji, courtesy Alserkal Avenue +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Al Quoz Industrial Area 3 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Partner in Charge

    Iyad Alsaka
  • Project Architect

    Kaveh Dabiri
  • Team

    Yoonhee Bae, Aras Burak, Shabnam Hosseini, Mohammed Jabri, Alejandro Noe, Guerrero Ortega, Christin Simonian, Mayar Soliman
  • Area

    1250.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Dubai Frame Approaches Completion Amid Allegations of Stolen Intellectual Property

16:20 - 9 March, 2017
Dubai Frame Approaches Completion Amid Allegations of Stolen Intellectual Property, The Dubai Frame is scheduled to open later this year. Image via Instagram user bachir_photo_phactory
The Dubai Frame is scheduled to open later this year. Image via Instagram user bachir_photo_phactory

Dubai’s newest mega-attraction, a 150-meter-high, 93-meter-wide picture frame structure dubbed the “Dubai Frame” is approaching completion after a nearly two-year delay, and is set for opening in the second half of this year. At a cost of $43.60 million, the new building will stand as a symbol of the city’s rapid rise from modest settlement to gleaming metropolis, giving visitors a panoramic view of the boundary-pushing skyscrapers from the coast of the Persian Gulf.

It also may stand as a symbol of something far less idyllic: intellectual property theft.

Dubai Reaches Dizzying Heights With Possible Rotating Building

16:00 - 5 March, 2017

In the upcoming years, Dubai may become home to one of the world’s newest radical architectures—the first ever, rotating skyscraper. Designed by Dynamic Architecture’s Davis Fisher, the 80-story, 1,273-foot tower proposal features independent floors that can rotate 360 degrees in both directions, in order to provide more comprehensive views.

A static central core will connect the rotating floors together, each of which will be prefabricated off-site and attached to the tower afterward.

Google Timelapse Shows the Rapid Expansion of the World’s Cities over 32 Years

12:00 - 2 December, 2016

Google Earth has released an update to its Timelapse feature, giving viewers a better look at the rapid expansion of the world’s urban areas between 1984 and 2016.

Originally released in 2013 in partnership with TIME and NASA, the update adds in four more years of data, as well as petabytes of imagery data from two new satellites, Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2, to provide clearer views of new developments and the recent effects of climate change on our natural environments.

Calatrava, Foster + Zaha Hadid Architects to Open Offices at Dubai Design District

16:10 - 8 November, 2016
Dubai Design District. Image Courtesy of Dubai Design District
Dubai Design District. Image Courtesy of Dubai Design District

Dubai Design District (d3) has announced the opening of offices by 4 of the world’s leading architecture firms – Zaha Hadid Architects, Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers, Foster + Partners and Benoy – marking another step towards the city’s goal of becoming a global design hub.

Since first launching in April 2013, d3 has become the region’s preeminent destination for artists, designers and creative types of all kinds to work and collaborate. So far, d3 has welcomed in over 30 architecture firms of medium to large size, including SSH and Viktor Udzenija, RMJM and Wanders Wagner.

BIG and Hyperloop One Unveil Designs for Unprecedented Autonomous Transportation System

05:45 - 8 November, 2016

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Hyperloop One have unveiled joint designs for an autonomous transportation system and the world’s first Hyperloop pods and portals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The designs are being presented as Hyperloop One signs a deal with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), bringing the project one step closer to reality.

© BIG © BIG © BIG © BIG +22

Vision Tower at Business Bay / tvsdesign

22:00 - 11 October, 2016
Vision Tower at Business Bay / tvsdesign, © Paul Dingman
© Paul Dingman

© Paul Dingman              © Paul Dingman              © Paul Dingman              © Paul Dingman              +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dubai - United Arab Emirates
  • Architect in Charge

    Brooke Taylor, Jay Thomson
  • Associate Architects

    DEWAN Architects+Engineers
  • Area

    650000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

World's Tallest Tower: Santiago Calatrava's Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour Breaks Ground

13:30 - 11 October, 2016
World's Tallest Tower: Santiago Calatrava's Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour Breaks Ground, Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers
Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava Architects & Engineers

Santiago Calatrava’s Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour has broken ground, and in just a few short years, will be breaking records, too.

At the ground breaking ceremony this week, officials including His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Excellency Mohammad Al Gergawi, Chairman of Dubai Holding, and Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, and Micael Calatrava, CEO of Calatrava International announced that upon its completion in 2020, the landmark observation tower will measure in at a height slightly taller than Dubai’s own Burj Khalifa, making it the tallest tower in the world.

“The design and architectural features of The Tower demand unique engineering approaches that are currently being implemented on site. Extensive studies were undertaken in preparation for the groundbreaking, and the learning that we have gained from the experience will add to the knowledge base of mankind,” said Santiago Calatrava.

Watch How the World's Largest LED Screen Was Installed at the Burj Khalifa

14:00 - 28 September, 2016

In this video, members of the engineering team behind the the world’s largest LED screen explain the process behind its installation on the facade of the Burj Khalifa last year. The massive screen required 72 kilometers of cabling and 10,000 connectors to cover a total area of 33,000 square meters.

“We faced sandstorms, we faced rain, we faced heavy wind, so quite often we had to wait until we had a good slot in terms of wind to go out and do the installation,” says Senior Project Manager Kris Vloemans.

The screen has been utilized for a range of different shows since it was first used to ring in the New Year in 2015. Earlier this year, the Burj Khalifa sent out an open call to artists to submit their own dynamic designs to be displayed on the building facade.

Also check out some videos of the screen in action, below.

Weston Williamson+Partners Wins Competition for Dubai 2020 Rail Link

16:00 - 25 September, 2016
Weston Williamson+Partners Wins Competition for Dubai 2020 Rail Link, Courtesy of Weston Williamson+Partners
Courtesy of Weston Williamson+Partners

London-based Weston Williamson+Partners (WW+P) has won the “Route 2020” competition for the Dubai 2020 rail link, a 15-kilometer, £2.2 billion metro Expolink in the United Arab Emirates

Working in collaboration with global engineer CH2M, Alstom, and Acciona and Gulermack, the firm was selected ahead of ten rival bids for the high-profile project, which will connect Nakheel Harbor & Tower with the World’s Fair site.

Courtesy of Weston Williamson+Partners Courtesy of Weston Williamson+Partners Courtesy of Weston Williamson+Partners Courtesy of Weston Williamson+Partners +4

Grimshaw to Design Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

12:00 - 8 September, 2016
Grimshaw to Design Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, Courtesy of Grimshaw
Courtesy of Grimshaw

Grimshaw has released new images and a video of their design for the Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Striving to “illuminate the ingenuity and possibility of architecture as society looks to intelligent strategies for sustainable future living,” the Sustainability Pavilion joins designs from Foster + Partners and BIG to make up the three main structures on the Expo's HOK-designed masterplan.

Video: Calatrava’s Dubai Observation Tower Passes Wind Tunnel Testing

07:30 - 29 July, 2016

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, Santiago Calatrava's competition-winning "landmark" residential and observation tower in Dubai, has passed through wind tunnel tests, confirming the structural strength of the project. When complete, the project will constitute the heart of a 6 square kilometer master-planned community set by the historic Dubai Creek and only 10 minutes from the Dubai International Airport.

Read more after the break and check out the visualization of the project above.

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

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