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Workshop by Wolf Prix/Coop Himmelb(l)au, at Ajman University, 5-8 Feb 2017

WA Contents • January 12, 2017 • 407

Ajman University will host an architecture workshop with internationally renowned architect Wolf D. Prix, founder of Coop-Himmelb(l)au between 5-8 February 2017. The workshop will be held within the scope of series of Architecture Workshops by Architects & Designers at the Department of Architectural Engineering, College of Engineering, Ajman University, UAE. Now, celebrating its 12th edition, the workshop program will close with a public lecture of Wolf D. Prix on F (...)

New Museums in the Emirates raise the issue of workers’ rights

WA Contents • December 30, 2016 • 965

[......]The members of Gulf Labor insist that they want to see the museum built. Their demands have centered on three main issues: recruitment debt, fair wages, and worker representation. More than twenty-four hundred people have added their signatures to a version of the group’s first public letter, including Anish Kapoor, Isaac Julien, and Louise Lawler. Michelle Kuo, the editor of Artforum, told me, “Not since the Art Workers Coalition picketed museums for failures like ignoring t (...)

The ’wrong’ politics of Starchitecture in Abu Dhabi

WA Contents • December 19, 2016 • 1069

This is an excerpt from the book, Starchitecture. Scenes, Actors, and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities by Davide Ponzini and Michele Nastasi, published by The Monacelli Press, 2016. [...]The managing agency (Tourism Development and Investment Company) directly commissioned Frank Gehry for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum, Jean Nouvel for an Abu Dhabi branch of the Louvre, Zaha Hadid for a performing arts center, and Tadao Ando for a maritime museum. Norman Foster was selected for the Sheikh (...)

Zaha Hadid Architects opened a new office in Dubai Design District

berrin chatzi chousein • November 9, 2016 • 1510

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) expands Middle East and has recently announced that ZHA has opened its new office in Dubai Design District, UAE. With 30 years’ experience in the Middle East and North Africa, Zaha Hadid Architects is collaborating with visionary clients throughout the region on 16 transformational projects. ZHA’s new office within the Dubai Design District continues our longstanding commitment to the region.A recipient of the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, ZHA (...)

BIG reveals plans for uber-futuristic transportation system for Hyperloop

WA Contents • November 8, 2016 • 1627

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) envisions a mega-structure for the new transportation ecosystem for Hyperloop One, which will link Dubai and Abu Dhabi in just 12-minutes. The autonomous transportation system and the world’s first Hyperloop pods will create new portals in Dubai, UAE just as Hyperloop One inks major deal with Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.BIG's design is based on a study of how an urban and inter-city transport network should integrate with existing infrastructure. Hype (...)

MIT collaborates with DDI for a new undergraduate institution focused on design

WA Contents • October 26, 2016 • 1412

MIT and the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) announced that MIT will make a strategic collaboration with DDI to help launch the new undergraduate educational institution in Dubai focused on design. DIDI will offer the region’s first undergraduate degree in design, featuring concentrations in products, arts, media, strategies and management, and fashion. The New School’s Parsons School of Design in New York has also entered into an agreement to assist with the DIDI (...)

Explore Höweler + Yoon’s mountainous design for Empathy Pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020

WA Contents • August 23, 2016 • 9458

An internationally recognized architecture and design studio Höweler + Yoon's mountainous structure Empathy Pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020 presents a giant cave-like building with its amorphous terraces. The Empathy Pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020 was designed to be a Living Lab for the ongoing study of Empathy, where guests act simultaneously as researchers, participants, and performers. The immersive, interactive experience was created by Tod Machover and the Oper (...)

BIG reveals Opportunity Pavilion for Expo 2020 in UAE

WA Contents • July 18, 2016 • 1896

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has revealed its design 'Opportunity Pavilion' for Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expo 2020 Dubai, themed 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', explore the confronts key global challenges, and seeks to provide practical and scalable solutions. Three relates subthemes, Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability are identified as drivers of change that shape our world and create our future.BIG's proposal Opportunity Pavi (...)

CEBRA architecture reveals a new school project achieving sustainable standards in Dubai

WA Contents • June 13, 2016 • 1860

Danish CEBRA architecture revealed a new school project in Dubai, achieving sustainable standards in the hot climate of Dubai. CEBRA has designed the project in close cooperation with Danish landscape architects SLA and Diamond Developers through the Act NOW partnership. The school is planned to be built inside the first residential community of its kind in Dubai, and the project aims at rethinking teaching and learning environments in a sustainable way. The school's adm (...)

Santiago Calatrava unveils ’falcon-like’ pavilion for the UAE for Dubai World Expo 2020

WA Contents • May 5, 2016 • 1573

Spanish architect-engineer Santiago Calatrava has been selected to design for the UAE Pavilion for Dubai World Expo 2020 by The National Media Council. Calatrava's bird wing structure is inspired by 'a falcon in flight'. Santiago Calatrava's proposal selected from 11 conceptual projects submitted by the world’s most renowned architectural firms around the world.The UAE Pavilion is located at the centre of the 200-hectare exhibition zone facing the A (...)

New images announced about Santiago Calatrava’s iconic tower in Dubai Creek Harbor

WA Contents • April 23, 2016 • 2357

Santiago Calatrava released new images of iconic tower in Dubai Creek Harbor, developed by Emaar Properties. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties unveiled new designs for architect and engineer, Santiago Calatrava’s landmark observation tower in the Dubai Creek Harbor.Calatrava’s monumental design, chosen out of six proposals from competing firms, is influen (...)

Rem Koolhaas will take part in a panel discussion at Metropolitan Libraries 2016 Conference Qatar

WA Contents • April 21, 2016 • 1447

Rem Koolhaas: Designing the Central Library Structure.Rem Koolhaas will be speaking at the Metropolitan Libraries 2016 (MetLib 2016) Conference in Doha, Qatar, which is held from the 23rd to the 28th of April. Organized by the Qatar National Library (QNL), the Metropolitan Libraries 2016 Conference addresses the theme 'Pearls in the desert: unleashing potential'. Rem Koolhaas will take part in a panel about the role of libraries in unleashing potential, discussin (...)

Finalists Announced For Art Mill International Design Competition

WA Contents • April 21, 2016 • 1255

The shortlist for the Art Mill International Design Competition and full details of the jury were announced by Qatar Museums today. Eight practices chosen from four continents to progress to the third and final stage of the competition. All finalists include celebrated and emerging architects from around the world. In a press release of Art Mill Competition, stated that gifted with one of the most spectacular and historic sites in the centre of Doha, the Art Mill will be pre-eminent in (...)

Leaders In Architecture MENA / 25 - 26 April 2016, Dubai

WA Contents • April 18, 2016 • 2295

Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit25 – 26 April 2016Dubai, UAENow in its 6th edition, Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit is the largest and most prestigious platform dedicated to promoting and advancing architecture industry across the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Committed to boosting the region’s presence on the global architecture landscape, Leaders in Architecture MENA is the only event which brings together the most prominent decision makers from across the w (...)

Santiago Calatrava to design Iconic Observation Tower in Dubai Creek Harbor

WA Contents • February 14, 2016 • 1828

all images © Santiago CalatravaEngineer and architect Santiago Calatrava has won an international design competition for a landmark observation tower in Dubai Creek Harbor, his Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai announced over the weekend. Mr. Calatrava’s soaring tower design, one of six proposals submitted by competing firms, is inspired by Islamic architecture and fuses modern, su (...)

Foster+Partners’ ICD Brookfield Place breaks the ground in Dubai

WA Contents • February 3, 2016 • 982

all images © Foster+PartnersFoster + Partners' ICD Brookfield Place in Dubai breaks the ground, a 1.5 million square foot office and retail development located in the Dubai International Financial Centre district (DIFC). It is stated that the mixed-use development includes a 53-storey tower that comprises over 900,000-square-feet of Grade A lettable office space adjacent to a 150,000-square-foot retail centre with shopping, dining, fitness, and private club facilitie (...)

‘Zaha Hadid’ exhibition at the Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai opens 18 January 2016

WA Contents • January 18, 2016 • 1375

image © Zaha Hadid Architectsother images courtesy of  Leila Heller Gallery‘Zaha Hadid’ exhibition at the Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai18th January to 29th February 2016‘Zaha Hadid’  at the Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai is a mid-career exhibition on the oeuvre of internationally renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid. Spanning the breath of Hadid’s product designs from the early 80s - on the cusp of the architect’s emergence onto the glob (...)

Workshop by Ken Yeang at Ajman University / 28th February - 1st March 2016

WA Contents • January 13, 2016 • 1537

image courtesy of Ajman University of Science and TechnologyThere will be a workshop by the internationally renowned architect Ken Yeang, at Ajman University of Science & Technology, during the period 28th Feb. - 1st March 2016. The workshop is coordinated by Assoc. Prof. Jihad Awad, is the head of Architectural Engineering Department at Ajman University. The program of the workshop presented below:Day 1 (Sun. 28th Feb.):   9:00 AM from (...)

Dubai’s Controversial Frame Project nears completion

WA Contents • December 10, 2015 • 1730

Project comprises a 150-metre-high, 93-metre-wide structure being built to resemble a huge picture frame. image via emirates247.com / artist's impression.Mexican architect Fernando Donis who won a competition in 2009 to design this structure as his new idea was selected from 926 designs in the ThyssenKrupp Elevator Architecture Awards and Dubai Municipality.Dubai’s Municipality has confirmed that work on the $43.5 million Dubai Frame project is nearly complete and i (...)

ZAS Group creates an artificial beach in Dubai’s Rosemont Five Star Hotel & Residences

WA Contents • October 18, 2015 • 2874

all images courtesy of  ZAS GroupZAS Group designed a new Dubai's iconic tower in collaboration with Kieferle & Partner- this new projects resemles an artificial beach with its open, curved podium- located prestigiously off Sheikh Zayed Road (SZR) in Al Thanyah First, the combined site extends approximately 13,000sqm. The development consists of 2 towers 47 storeys high, a combined 5 storey podium and 2 basement levels housing the facilities. The development area is t (...)