2A Asia Architecture Award 2015 theme, Romi Khosla

The interview has been published in 2A Magazine issue #34 Ahmad Zohadi: How can architects, Planners and landscape designers intervene to alleviate the human afflictions in the realm of the built environment? Romi Khosla: The question is whether architects and planners have special or heightened responsibilities for the alleviation of the human condition in comparison […]


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2A Asia Architecture Award 2015 theme, Seung H-Sang

  The interview has been published in 2A Magazine issue#34 Ahmad Zohadi: How can architects, Planners and landscape designers intervene to alleviate the human afflictions in the realm of the built environment? Seung H-Sang: I remember Winston Churchill’s words which was delivered at the ruin of the Parliament destroyed by bombing in 1943. He said […]


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2A Asia Architecture Award 2015 theme, Bahram Shirdel

The interview has been published in 2A Magazine issue#34 Ahmad Zohadi: How can architects, Planners and landscape designers intervene to alleviate the human afflictions in the realm of the built environment? Bahram Shirdel: For the most part of the 19th century and all of the 20th: architects, planners and urban designers have worked according to […]


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Design Sustainability and Green Communities, Rasem Badran

Interviewed by Ahmad Zohadi Rasem Badran Architect, Founder and Partner of DAO_dar al omran architects Buildings are a basic part of the urban community. In order for these buildings to be sustainable they have to interact with the social, economic, and physical aspects of this community. The architectural design of these buildings has to respond […]


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Design Sustainability and Green Communities, Elisabeth von Samsonow

Interviewed by Ahmad Zohadi Elisabeth von Samsonow Artist, professor for philosophical and historical anthropology, fine arts Vienna Sustainability in architecture today not only relates to qualities like durable material, well designed structures that would work also in the future, either in individual buildings or in large areas of urbanist importance. Sustainability in the proper sense […]


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Design Sustainability and Green Communities, Steve Padget

Interviewed by Ahmad Zohadi Steve Padget AIA, LEED AP BD&C, faculty member in Architecture at the University of Kansas Architecture is a profession. Architects, as all professionals, act in the service of the public’s health, safety and welfare (HSW). ‘Heath, Safety and Welfare’ can be seen as a large category that includes everything from code […]


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Design Sustainability and Green Communities, Nader Ardalan

Interviewed by Ahmad Zohadi Nader Ardalan Architect, Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies – Harvard University The common definition of sustainability is “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.” The Paradigm Shift that a Sustainable Life Style demands is so vast […]


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Design Sustainability and Green Communities, Bassam Abu-Hijleh

Head of the Sustainable Design of the Built Environment Programme (SDBE) Fellow, Cardiff University (UK) – The British University in Dubai   Ahmad Zohadi: How would you define in your own words ‘sustainability’? Bassam Abu-Hijleh: Innovative solutions that enhances the human experience while reducing the demand on the environment & the pocket (i.e. cost). Should […]


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Design Sustainability and Green Communities, George Katodrytis

Assosiate Professor of Architecture – AUS, UAE Ahmad Zohadi: How would you define in your own words ‘sustainability’? George Katodrytis: Sustainability is about performance. Sustainability is not only about good buildings but about outstanding building design that can have lasting effects on users. It should not be measured in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s […]


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Design Sustainability and Green Communities, John Alexander Smith

Chartered Architect and Professor of Interior Design, American University in Dubai Ahmad Zohadi: How would you define in your own words ‘sustainability’? John Alexander Smith: Sustainability or more pertinently ‘sustainable development’ requires to be understood at all scales of application whether urban, architectural or interior. The Brundtland Report summarizes the term as: ‘…development that meets […]


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