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Dodi Moss Team Designs an Ethereal Italian Pavilion for Expo Dubai 2020 Competition

04:00 - 21 March, 2019
Dodi Moss Team Designs an Ethereal Italian Pavilion for Expo Dubai 2020 Competition, © Dodi Moss
© Dodi Moss

Responding to the theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, “Beauty Unites People,” a team led by Dodi Moss imagined a multi-layered architectural experience evoking Italy’s history and identity. The design pulls apart the pieces that make up architectural space, separating the building into its structural volume and its tactile, material components. The proposal won third place in Invitalia’s competition to design the Italian Pavilion at the Expo, behind carlorattiassociati and Gianluca Peluffa & Partners.

© Dodi Moss © Dodi Moss © Dodi Moss © Dodi Moss + 14

OMA and Inside Outside "Honor Generosity" with a Field of Engraved Columns in Dubai

09:00 - 4 March, 2019
OMA and Inside Outside "Honor Generosity" with a Field of Engraved Columns in Dubai, © OMA and Inside Outside
© OMA and Inside Outside

OMA and Inside Outside have collaborated on the design of a vast monument in Dubai, titled “Ethar – Honoring Generosity.” The installation consists of a field of 1,680 triangular-shaped recycled aluminum columns arrayed like a magnetic field, engraved with stories from Arabic scholars, scientists, and thinkers.

The installation was designed to celebrate the “unique culture of charitable giving in the United Arab Emirates with a physical installation that is part of the urban landscape of Dubai.” Designed for a site on Jumeirah Beach, the monument’s character can also be adapted for various contexts, whether dispersed throughout the city or appearing in key urban locations as a symbol of Emirati culture.

© OMA and Inside Outside © OMA and Inside Outside © OMA and Inside Outside © OMA and Inside Outside + 6

What Urbanism Needs to Learn from Dubai

07:00 - 11 February, 2019
What Urbanism Needs to Learn from Dubai , Photo by Flickr user Lars Plougmann
Photo by Flickr user Lars Plougmann

In the past three decades, Dubai has grown from a dusty desert town to a strategic hub for international business and tourism. As a result, several cities in the developing world have been competing to outdo one another in the race to replicate this development model—an urbanism largely built around the automobile, luxury villas, gleaming skyscrapers, massive shopping malls, and ambitious “smart” cities, designed and built from scratch. Across Africa, these new developments go by different names: Eko Atlantic City Nigeria, Vision City in Rwanda, Ebene Cyber City in Mauritius; Konza Technology City in Kenya; Safari City in Tanzania; Le Cite du Fleuve in DR Congo, and several others. All are mimicries of Dubai.

A First Look at Dubai's Supertall "Burj Jumeira" designed by SOM

09:00 - 8 February, 2019
A First Look at Dubai's Supertall "Burj Jumeira" designed by SOM, © Dubai Holding
© Dubai Holding

Dubai Holding has released details of the latest skyscraper planned for the UAE metropolis, designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill. The Burj Jumeira will soar 550 meters in the air, “inspired by the harmonious ripples of the UAE’s desert sand dunes and its flowing oases.” Inaugurated by the UAE’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on January 31st, 2019, the new tower will be built as part of a vast development known as Downtown Jumeira, “a city of the future distinguished by its intelligent design and cohesive infrastructure and network.”

The tower’s façade is to be covered in digital displays that can be utilized for various occasions and celebrations, with a 450-meter-high sky lounge and sky restaurant complete with interactive surfaces. The tower will also contain multiple observation decks giving visitors 360-degree panoramic views of Dubai, rising from a base designed in the outline of the Sheikh’s fingerprint.

© Dubai Holding © Dubai Holding © Dubai Holding © Dubai Holding + 6

Clément Blanchet and AREP Propose Design for France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

04:00 - 11 January, 2019
Clément Blanchet and AREP Propose Design for France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, © Plompmozes, Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture
© Plompmozes, Courtesy of Clement Blanchet Architecture

Clément Blanchet Architecture in collaboration with Etienne Tricaud (AREP) have been shortlisted for the French pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai. The winner will be announced in February. The proposal is intended to enhance both the virtual world and the real to support human communication, cultures and interactions. The pavilion will be built around the themes of Light and Mobility to create a hidden oasis with two vertical gardens facing one another.

Siemens to use Expo 2020 Dubai as a Test Bed for Smart Cities

09:00 - 20 December, 2018
Siemens to use Expo 2020 Dubai as a Test Bed for Smart Cities, British Pavilion. Image © Es Devlin
British Pavilion. Image © Es Devlin

Tech giant Siemens is to partner with World Expo 2020 Dubai in rolling out a major smart building project, encompassing 130 structures in a digital platform to control energy efficiency, comfort, safety, and security.

As reported by Arabian Business, Siemens will “digitally connect, monitor, and manage essential functions of 137 buildings across the 4.38 square kilometer site, through its cloud-based energy analytics platform, Siemens Navigator.”

NUDES Designs a Mosque of Light for Dubai

13:00 - 7 December, 2018
NUDES Designs a Mosque of Light for Dubai, Mosque of Light. Image Courtesy of NUDES
Mosque of Light. Image Courtesy of NUDES

Mumbai-based NUDES architecture office have revealed a new design called "Mosque of Light" as their entry in the Dubai Creek Harbor competition. The project was designed as a play in light with a multi-layered geometrical form to filter daylight softly into the prayer hall. The mosque explores the combination of light and built form around a spiritual experience.

Mosque of Light. Image Courtesy of NUDES Mosque of Light. Image Courtesy of NUDES Mosque of Light. Image Courtesy of NUDES Mosque of Light. Image Courtesy of NUDES + 7

Yong Ju Lee and Atelier KJ Create Floating Frames for Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

13:00 - 6 December, 2018
Yong Ju Lee and Atelier KJ Create Floating Frames for Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ
Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ

Yong Ju Lee Architecture and Atelier KJ have created "Elusive Boundary" for the Korean Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The project is designed as a place for radical encounters of different fields. The main theme of Korean Pavilion, Mobility, is defined as a new space of possibility created by movement between territories and escape/expansion to new territories. The movement defined by new mobility is not linear, but a simultaneous event between territories.

Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ Elusive Boundary Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Yong Ju Lee Architecture + Atelier KJ + 15

Leila Heller Gallery / L.S. Design

21:00 - 1 December, 2018
Leila Heller Gallery / L.S. Design, © 8th Street Studio
© 8th Street Studio

© 8th Street Studio © 8th Street Studio © 8th Street Studio © 8th Street Studio + 20

  • Architects

  • Location

    Al-Serkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Omar Abdelghafour
  • Other participants

    Omar Abdelghafour, Gerald Magpantay, Darin De-Grads
  • Area

    2500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Kozlowski + Cardia Design Floating Tree Branch Pavilion for Expo 2020

13:00 - 27 November, 2018
Kozlowski + Cardia Design Floating Tree Branch Pavilion for Expo 2020, Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski
Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski

Architect Gabriel Kozlowski has partnered with Gringo Cardia, Bárbara Graeff, and Tripper Arquitetura to design a structure of floating tree branches for the Brazil pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The pavilion is inspired by one of the greatest technological achievements of Brazil: the improvement of the Direct Planting System over straw. The design conceptually mimics this scheme through its layered arrangement - soil, an entanglement of protection, productivity - presenting itself as both a building and a symbolic image.

Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski Brazil Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Gabriel Kozlowski + 11

Jameel Arts Centre Dubai / Serie Architects

01:00 - 21 November, 2018
Jameel Arts Centre Dubai / Serie Architects, © Mohamed Somji
© Mohamed Somji

© Rory Gardiner © Mohamed Somji © Mohamed Somji © Mohamed Somji + 28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Dubái - United Arab Emirates
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Christopher Lee, Principal of Serie Architects
  • Other participants

    Anouk Vogel, Landscape Architect who designed the Jameel Arts Centre’s seven garden installations. ibda design, UAE-based architecture studio designed the Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park, the park serves as a bridge between the public corniche circling Jaddaf Waterfront and Jameel Arts Centre
  • Area

    10000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

LAVA Selected to Design German Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai

13:00 - 8 November, 2018
LAVA Selected to Design German Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes
German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes

The Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) has been selected to design the German Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai. Designed as a vertical campus that blends nature and technology, the pavilion takes cues from local architecture and Germany’s history of outstanding lightweight pavilion design. Formally, the design features a freeform roof that encloses interlinked floating cubes that house exhibition and event spaces.

German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes German Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Bitscapes + 16

Paul Cocksedge Designs Living Watercolor Pavilion for EXPO 2020

03:30 - 8 October, 2018
Paul Cocksedge Designs Living Watercolor Pavilion for EXPO 2020, Living Watercolor UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Minmud
Living Watercolor UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Minmud

British designer Paul Cocksedge's ‘impossible’ living watercolor design was selected as a finalist for the UK National Pavilion during Expo 2020 in Dubai. Every color in the pavilion comes from the flag of a nation exhibiting at the event, expressing unity, partnership and possibility. The overlapping shades reflect the theme of the Expo – Connecting Minds, Creating The Future. At the heart of the building, a sculptural centerpiece envelops visitors in color and light, giving the sense of an ‘impossible’ structure.

Jasmax Designs New Zealand's EXPO 2020 National Pavilion Inspired by Māori Culture

16:30 - 2 October, 2018
Jasmax Designs New Zealand's EXPO 2020 National Pavilion Inspired by Māori Culture, New Zealand Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Jasmax
New Zealand Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Jasmax

Architecture firm Jasmax has been selected to design New Zealand's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai. New Zealand will participate in Expo 2020 from October 2020 to April 2021. Expo 2020 Dubai will bring together 180 nations and 25 million international visitors. Over six months, the event will inspire collaboration on global challenges and opportunities. New Zealand’s theme for Expo 2020 is 'Care for People and Place'. The pavilion will feature an exhibition experience, corporate hosting facilities, a restaurant and design store.

Querkraft to Design Austria's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai

16:00 - 17 September, 2018
Querkraft to Design Austria's National Pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai, Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten
Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten

The Viennese architecture office Querkraft has been selected to design the Austrian Pavilion for the EXPO 2020 in Dubai. The design combines traditional building materials with modern techniques to present Austria as a center of innovation. Former Federal Minister Beatrix Karl was appointed honorary commissioner for the world expo and will represent Austria externally. The Expo in Dubai will be the first world exhibition in an Arab country in the 170-­year Expo history. The Austrian Pavilion will center on questions of how resources can be used more thoughtfully and respectfully in the future.

Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten Austria Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Querkraft Architekten + 7

Dubai Plans for One Quarter of Buildings to be 3D Printed by 2025

14:00 - 28 August, 2018
Dubai Plans for One Quarter of Buildings to be 3D Printed by 2025, Dubai. Image via Creative Commons
Dubai. Image via Creative Commons

Dubai has launched 3D Printing Strategy, a global initiative to make the city the world's leader in 3D printing. The initiative is designed to promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has created the plan for one quarter of new buildings to be 3D printed by 2025. The strategy hopes to utilize 3D printing to cut costs in the medical and construction sector and restructure economies and labor markets.

Office of the Future by Killa Design. Image © WAM Office of the Future by Killa Design. Image © WAM Office of the Future by Killa Design. Image © WAM Office of the Future by Killa Design. Image © WAM + 5

Dubai's First Skyscraper to be Preserved in Modern Heritage Initiative

04:00 - 14 August, 2018
Dubai's First Skyscraper to be Preserved in Modern Heritage Initiative, Dubai Trade Centre. Image Courtesy of Shutterstock
Dubai Trade Centre. Image Courtesy of Shutterstock

Dubai Municipality has announced that the city is planning to preserve its landmark buildings from the 1960s and 70s as part of a new initiative called Modern Heritage. Jointly launched by the Planning Department and the Architectural Heritage Department, the initiative aims to save the first footprints of Dubai. The initiative would protect some of the most significant buildings constructed when the city was first beginning its rapid development. The plan includes the preservation of the Dubai Trade Centre, a 149-metre-high tower regarded as the city's first skyscraper.

Fentress Architects Chosen to Design USA Pavilion for World Expo 2020 in Dubai

14:00 - 16 July, 2018
Pictured here, the masterplan for the World Expo 2020 Dubai designed by HOK. Image via HOK
Pictured here, the masterplan for the World Expo 2020 Dubai designed by HOK. Image via HOK

Fentress Architects has been chosen to design the USA Pavilion for the World Expo 2020 in Dubai. The Pavilion USA 2020 will sit within the 438-hectare masterplan designed by HOK, pictured above.

The U.S. Department of State selected the consortium containing Fentress Architects, led by Big Things Group, to deliver a pavilion based on the theme “What Moves You,” featuring highlights of American culture and technology. The team will seek to use the program as “a showcase of the innovation, creativity, and diversity that defines the United States.”