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Machou Designs World's Longest Urban Agriculture Park for Dubai

13:00 - 20 May, 2019
Machou Designs World's Longest Urban Agriculture Park for Dubai, Dubai Super Park. Image Courtesy of Machou Architects Group
Dubai Super Park. Image Courtesy of Machou Architects Group

Toronto & Dubai based Machou Architects Group has designed the world's longest urban agriculture park for Dubai. Designed to transform the city's most vital highway into an eco-valley, the project has been developed in response to the lack of functional public spaces and sustainable outdoor spaces. Reimagining Sheikh Zayed Road, the project centers on Dubai's main transportation artery and its primary link to other cities.

Applications Open for Dubai Design Week

13:00 - 10 May, 2019
Applications Open for Dubai Design Week, Courtesy of Dubai Design Week
Courtesy of Dubai Design Week

Applications are now open for Dubai Design Week in the United Arab Emirates. Applicants are encouraged to submit ideas and proposals to host an event, showcase a product or stage a creative project during the region’s largest creative festival. Much of Dubai Design Week’s program is made up of partner events and activities, held both at Dubai Design District and at locations across the city and the UAE.

Foster + Partners Design a House of Wisdom for Judah's Scroll in Sharjah

13:00 - 24 April, 2019
Foster + Partners Design a House of Wisdom for Judah's Scroll in Sharjah, The Scroll by Gerry Judah outside the House of Wisdom, celebrating World Book Year in Sharjah. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
The Scroll by Gerry Judah outside the House of Wisdom, celebrating World Book Year in Sharjah. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released their design for a library and cultural center alongside The Scroll, a new piece of public art by British sculptor Gerry Judah. Called the House of Wisdom, the project coincides with Sharjah being named this year’s UNESCO World Book Capital. Aiming to be a new cultural quarter in the city, the House of Wisdom was made to establish and retain connections with the outside.

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.

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.”

Egyptian Architects Design Shipping Container Housing for Cairo

13:00 - 3 January, 2019
Egyptian Architects Design Shipping Container Housing for Cairo, Sheltainer. Image Courtesy of Mouaz Abouzaid
Sheltainer. Image Courtesy of Mouaz Abouzaid

UAE based architects Mouaz Abouzaid, Bassel Omara and Ahmed Hammad have designed a shipping container housing project for Cairo, Egypt. Dubbed ‘Sheltainer’, the project aims to address a need for low-income, student and refugee housing. The design focuses on Egyptian life around a single house unit with all the necessary needs for a small family. Sheltainer aims to offer a flexible solution with new open spaces, activities and homes.

Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilions and Architecture

15:05 - 28 September, 2018
Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilions and Architecture, UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Es Devlin
UK Pavilion. Image Courtesy of Es Devlin

For the Dubai 2020 Expo, the United Arab Emirates and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, selected the theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. Organized around ideas of Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity, the next world Expo will be the first to be held in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region. Organised every five years, the world expo lasts six months and is created as a global destination for millions of people to share ideas, showcase innovation, encourage collaboration and celebrate human ingenuity.

Sharjah Architecture Triennial to Open as First Major Platform on Middle Eastern Architecture

12:00 - 9 June, 2018
Sharjah Architecture Triennial to Open as First Major Platform on Middle Eastern Architecture, Central Market, King Faisal Street, Al Itihad Park, Sharjah. Image © Paul Gorra
Central Market, King Faisal Street, Al Itihad Park, Sharjah. Image © Paul Gorra

The Sharjah Architecture Triennial will open in November 2019 as "the first major platform for dialogue on architecture and urbanism in the Middle East, North Africa, East Africa and South Asia." Curator Adrian Lahoud has announced the theme of the Triennial as the Rights of Future Generations, aiming to fundamentally challenge traditional ideas about architecture and introduce new ways of thinking that veer from current Western-centric discourse.

How to Celebrate New Architecture: Shaping Identity with Spectacular Opening Ceremonies

09:30 - 15 March, 2018
How to Celebrate New Architecture: Shaping Identity with Spectacular Opening Ceremonies, “Vives réflexions, museum reflections,” multimedia and pyrotechnic show for the grand opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi 2017. Artistic direction: Christophe Berthonneau, Groupe F. Image © N. Chavance, Groupe F
“Vives réflexions, museum reflections,” multimedia and pyrotechnic show for the grand opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi 2017. Artistic direction: Christophe Berthonneau, Groupe F. Image © N. Chavance, Groupe F

After finishing a building, the client is faced with an important question: How do they celebrate the new architecture? This moment offers an essential opportunity to inform the public about the existence and mission of the building. Therefore, the designs of opening ceremonies are often loaded with symbolic imagery to construct a new identity. Fireworks and light shows are an especially common part of the powerful repertoire used to magnify the aura of architecture. This luminous storytelling can underline the client’s uniqueness and superiority on both a local level and an international stage. I spoke with two leading designers to get their insights on how opening ceremonies have changed in recent years: Christophe Berthonneau, Creative Director at Groupe F, who introduced the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Fred Thompson, Creative Director at Laservision Mega Media, who worked on the opening of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

#donotsettle Provides a Close-Up Look at Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi

09:30 - 10 March, 2018
#donotsettle Provides a Close-Up Look at Jean Nouvel's Louvre Abu Dhabi, © Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia
© Luc Boegly & Sergio Grazia

In this video, architecture vloggers #donotsettle take us inside Ateliers Jean Nouvel's "museum city" in the sea: the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Filmed one month after the museum’s opening in November, Kris Provoost winds his way through the galleries to the much-talked-about mega-dome—with a diagrammatic key plan in the bottom corner of the video helping us to follow his path.

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