A Brief Look at the History of Museums in the Region and Wider Middle East, by PAMELA ERSKINE-LOFTUS

In the February 2007 edition of The Art Newspaper the general editorial director wrote in an editorial on the recent announcement of the Louvre Abu Dhabi: “We should all rejoice that the rich Gulf States are beginning to look to the West to give themselves some cultural depth.1”  Aside from the blatant disregard for the extent of ‘cultural […]


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In the Middle of the Museum: Display I – V, SUSANNE WEISS

The circle of coins in the collage “Expedition” by Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton shows the full set of Iraqi Dinar coins until the fall of Saddam Hussein 2003. Since then these are out of circulation: Displacing an object somewhere and displaying it elsewhere has a long tradition since the Age of Enlightenment. After returning home from a […]


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Museums of the Middle East: criss-crossing cultural identities,GEORGE KATODRYTIS

Early museums began as private collections for objects of significance for public viewing. In such environments, the object is removed in time, place and circumstance from its original context and becomes a tool of communication and representation. This makes the museum a hybrid of multiple interpretations. Yet museums are the new 21st century cultural enterprises […]


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The City of the Future, Lord Foster

Like many Middle-Eastern states, Abu Dhabi built its modern economy on oil production. However, it is unique in the region in recognising that we must develop alternative energy models if we are to reduce the environmental impact of our contemporary lifestyles. The Masdar Initiative in Abu Dhabi was


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Studio Reflection on Retail Space and Fashion, Mona El-Mousfy

Context Within the framework of the third-year interior design studio at the American University of Sharjah, students undertook an investigation of retail space and fashion consumption. They looked at both the general global condition and the specific UAE context. Unsurprisingly, retail has become, after real


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THRESHOLDS OF A TRANSFORMING CITY IN THE DESERT, Angelo Bugatti

“Architecture springs from dialectic between departure and return. As a wayfarer, man goes by his way, with the task of penetrating the world and working out its inner meanings. This is the sense of the action of settling. (…) Working out [these meanings] here stands for building up the border or threshold, from which a […]


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Between the Physical and the Temporal, the Shell and the Air/ Michael Morris and Yoshiko Sato Morris Sato Studio

The gap between past and future….is not a modern phenomenon, it is perhaps not even a historical datum but is coeval with the existence of man on earth. It may well be the region of the spirit or, rather, the path paved by thinking, this small track of nontime which the activity of thought beats […]


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Architecture: Linking Interior and Urban Environments,Dr. John Alexander Smith

Architecture: Linking Interior and Urban Environments   Dr. John Alexander Smith Rather a long time ago the writer had the most peculiar notions about what actually comprised architecture and how it related to other design disciplines. Urban planning and design subjects were progressively introduced as systematic study areas by mid-program, and hence made some sense […]


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The Symbiotic Relationship Between Sustainable Design and Nanotechnology By Lidia Berger, LEED AP and David Gibney, LEED AP

This is a great time to be in the construction industry. Business is booming. Construction cranes divide the horizon in each direction. Architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors – all are scrambling to keep up with the demand for new buildings. What is interesting about the current building boom is that it is virtually global in […]


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Green Design, By Ken Yeang, Architect

1. Saving our environment is the most vital issue that humankind must address today, feeding into our fears that this millennium may be our last. For the designer, the compelling question is: How do we design for a sustainable future? This question, similarly, concerns industry. Companies now anxiously seek to understand the environmental consequences of […]


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