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Insight into Secretive Unbuilt NEOM Megacity ahead of Saudi Royal Visit

12:00 - 1 August, 2018
Insight into Secretive Unbuilt NEOM Megacity ahead of Saudi Royal Visit, The King Abdullah Economic City. Image via The Times
The King Abdullah Economic City. Image via The Times

Following the October 2017 unveiling of NEOM, Saudi Arabia’s $500-billion futuristic city billed as a “startup the size of a country,” details of the project's progression have been scarce. Situated close to the border with Jordan and the Red Sea, the remote area has been sealed off to visitors, leaving onlookers to speculate with minimal details, such as the announcement by Japan’s Softbank that they were investing in the megacity.

New Video Celebrates the Prismatic Complexity of Zaha Hadid Architects' KAPSARC in Saudi Arabia

14:00 - 13 July, 2018
New Video Celebrates the Prismatic Complexity of Zaha Hadid Architects' KAPSARC in Saudi Arabia, Video still image. Image Courtesy of Hans Georg Esch
Video still image. Image Courtesy of Hans Georg Esch

German photographer Hans Georg Esch has released a new video offering sweeping footage of Zaha Hadid Architects’ King Abdullah Petroleum Studies & Research Centre (KAPSARC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The 7-minute-long video celebrates the scheme’s “hexagonal prismatic honeycomb structures” through interior and exterior moments.

Benoy Shares Their Design for a New Global Business School in Saudi Arabia

06:01 - 15 May, 2018
Benoy Shares Their Design for a New Global Business School in Saudi Arabia, Courtesy of Luxigon
Courtesy of Luxigon

Slated to open in 2020, Benoy has released their design for a central academic building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It will house the Global Business School, an educational hub that will attract Saudi and international business students through executive education programs in collaboration with Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School of Harvard University (USA), SC Johnson College of Business of Cornell University (USA), and Imperial College Business School (UK).

Saudi Arabia's Inaugural Entry to the 2018 Venice Biennale to Focus on Design Process

16:00 - 4 March, 2018
Saudi Arabia's Inaugural Entry to the 2018 Venice Biennale to Focus on Design Process, Riyadh Skyline. Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riyadh_Skyline_showing_the_King_Abdullah_Financial_District_(KAFD)_and_the_famous_Kingdom_Tower_.jpg'>Wikimedia user B.alotaby </a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en'> CC BY-SA 4.0</a>
Riyadh Skyline. Image © Wikimedia user B.alotaby licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Saudi Arabia Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

Art Jameel Announces New Multidisciplinary Art Center in Saudi Arabia

16:00 - 4 February, 2018
Art Jameel Announces New Multidisciplinary Art Center in Saudi Arabia, Courtesy of Art Jameel
Courtesy of Art Jameel

Thanks to Art Jameel, a Middle Eastern non-profit arts organization, a new arts district is taking shape in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Since the crowning of Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has shifted focus from oil to arts and technology. The new multidisciplinary art center, named Hayy, is a 17,000 square meter step in the right direction.

Saudi Arabia Plans $500-Billion Futuristic City Billed as "A Startup the Size of a Country"

14:45 - 24 October, 2017
Saudi Arabia Plans $500-Billion Futuristic City Billed as "A Startup the Size of a Country", via NEOM
via NEOM

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced ambitious plans to build a $500 billion technological megacity “the size of a country” that will be run entirely of renewable energy sources. Known as NEOM, the innovation hub will cover a 10,232-square-mile (26,500-square-kilometer) area in the northwest of the country along the Red Sea and Gulf of Aqaba. The city is planned to extend into neighboring Egypt and Jordan, making it the first private zone to span three countries.

Behind the Tech That Moves 2 Million People During The Hajj

09:30 - 6 October, 2017
Behind the Tech That Moves 2 Million People During The Hajj, via Screenshot from video
via Screenshot from video

Every year, 3 million Muslim pilgrims from over 120 different countries travel to Makkah (commonly transliterated as Mecca), Saudi Arabia, to perform Hajj (pilgrimage) in the Islamic month of Zilhaj. Due to the ever-increasing number of visitors each year, overcrowding has led to deadly accidents and stampedes in the past; to ensure crowd safety and better circulation, the Makkah Development Authority (MDA) engaged Otis, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of people-moving products, and successfully oversaw the redesigning of the Jamarat Bridge.

Schiattarella Associati’s Mosque in Saudi Arabia Creates an Illuminated Local Landmark

06:00 - 16 June, 2017
Schiattarella Associati’s Mosque in Saudi Arabia Creates an Illuminated Local Landmark, Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati
Courtesy of Schiattarella Associati

Designs for a new illuminated community mosque complex in Ha'il, Saudi Arabia, have been revealed by Schiattarella Associati, with the intention of creating a local landmark.  

Foster + Partners' Cascading Complex Wins Competition for New Hotel in Mecca

16:00 - 30 January, 2017
Foster + Partners' Cascading Complex Wins Competition for New Hotel in Mecca, Courtesy of Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has won an international competition for a new luxury hotel and apartment complex located just outside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Borrowing from traditional Arab architecture and the area’s mountainous terrain, the mixed-use development will take the form of a cluster of vertical building clusters, arranged in a stepped topography.

Wendell Burnette Architects Designs “Mirage” Hotel for Saudi Arabia’s 1st UNESCO Site

12:00 - 5 December, 2016
Wendell Burnette Architects Designs “Mirage” Hotel for Saudi Arabia’s 1st UNESCO Site, Courtesy of Wendell Burnette Architects
Courtesy of Wendell Burnette Architects

Wendell Burnette Architects has released images of their design for Saudi Arabia’s 1st UNESCO World Heritage Site, the MADA’IN SALEH or HEGRA south of Petra; which has recently been approved by The Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage.

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