Un-Islamic critics want to veil “shameless” private parts of buildings in Iran

Un-Islamic critics want to veil “shameless” private parts of buildings in Iran

Islamic versus non-Islamic or simply Western style architecture is an issue in many parts of the Middle East where locals, kingdoms and sheikdoms refuse or steadfastly hold onto their identity. Look at the Arab Gulf States like Dubai where giant, glass fronted skyscrapers dominate the skyline. These futuristic structures are being called cheap and anonymous by prominent architects[.....]

Iranian Recycled Stone Apartment #1 Among 2013 Aga Khan Architecture Award Nominees

Iranian Recycled Stone Apartment #1 Among 2013 Aga Khan Architecture Award Nominees

Every three years, the Aga Khan Architecture Award acknowledges projects relevant to Islam that are culturally, environmentally and socially superior. Accompanied by a generous $1 million prize, it is among the world’s most prestigious architecture awards. Apartment #1 by Tehran’s Architecture by Collective Terrain is one of 20 projects nominated, and though it faces stiff[.....]

Nanophotonic Building Panels Beam Sunlight and Heat into Cold Space

Nanophotonic Building Panels Beam Sunlight and Heat into Cold Space

Finding building materials that are appropriate for hot desert conditions is one of the biggest challenges facing the Middle East and North Africa region’s construction industry. While earth used in architecture found in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and elsewhere is typically considered the most effective material for keeping interior temperatures low while the sun acts like[.....]

Green-Roofed Istanbul International Financial Center Breaks Ground

Green-Roofed Istanbul International Financial Center Breaks Ground

Istanbul residents have been dreading this moment: construction has broken ground on an enormous International Financial Center designed to position the Turkish economy among the world’s top ten. Despite some green concessions, including green roofs, on-site renewable energy generation, and plenty of urban green space, locals who must contend with greater traffic congestion and other[.....]

Nation Estate is a Massive High Rise for All Palestinians

Nation Estate is a Massive High Rise for All Palestinians

We are accustomed to writing about art and architecture that addresses environmental and social problems in the Middle East, but nothing as interesting as Larissa Sansour’s Nation Estate has crossed our desk before. Conceived in 2011 when Palestinian authorities appealed to the United Nations for nationhood status, the sci-fi short film and photographic series takes[.....]

Blücher’s Wallpaper Cleans Sick Buildings

Blücher’s Wallpaper Cleans Sick Buildings

Though wallpaper is not popular in the Middle East, this wallpaper can help repair sick building syndrome. I grew up in a duplex, my mom warned us that the walls have ears.  Now the walls can have lungs too. Germany-based Blücher Technologies has created a material called Saratech Permasorb Wallpaper that removes toxins embedded in wall[.....]

541 Jordan Trees Sacrificed for Dubai-esque Development Project

541 Jordan Trees Sacrificed for Dubai-esque Development Project

The privately-owned Abdali development company promises that the new 384,000 sqm commercial center in the heart of Jordan’s capital Amman will offer “lush inviting spaces that beckon and call for your attention.” “Notice the elements subtly woven into the new downtown’s [sic] environment,” their web marketing person gushed. “Delight in the blossoming urban forest close[.....]

Turkish Furniture Store Transformed by Curvy Brick Wall

Turkish Furniture Store Transformed by Curvy Brick Wall

When commissioned to transform Izmir’s Orfi furniture store into an inspiring and atmospheric new space, Turkish designer Nail Egemen Yerce was presented with three concepts that needed to be incorporated: the garden, the plaza and the street. The existing office was endowed with an incredible excess of daylight, which needed to be diffused without shutting out[.....]

Qatar’s Msheireb Regeneration Project Will Be Largest LEED Cluster in the World

Qatar’s Msheireb Regeneration Project Will Be Largest LEED Cluster in the World

Qatar is targeting 76 Acres of LEED Certified Buildings When complete, the Msheireb regeneration project in the heart of Doha’s historical district will feature the world’s largest collection of LEED-certified buildings. Projected to cost $5.5 billion, the city’s new heart will eventually comprise 100 new buildings, all of which will target either Gold or Platinum[.....]

Israeli Site Advertises Moon Dwellings

Israeli Site Advertises Moon Dwellings

Amid soaring real-estate prices that sent scores of protestors to the streets last year, an Israeli company recently ran a marketing campaign for affordable lunar homes. According to a report published in the Times of Israel, an email circulated among local press promised that intrepid home seekers could purchase “Beautiful apartment towers … built in plastic bubbles” and “apartments[.....]

Green Prophet Hasn’t Given up on Egypt

Green Prophet Hasn’t Given up on Egypt

Green Prophet is heading into Egypt and we want to hear about all your growing green projects. Now more than ever environmentalists need to stay the course, to lay the groundwork for a better future so that when the powers-to-be (whoever they will be) finally sort out their mess, we will be ready. Whether it’s[.....]

ZERO Awards: Egyptian Designers Have a Week to Strut Their Green Stuff

ZERO Awards: Egyptian Designers Have a Week to Strut Their Green Stuff

Supported in part by the Egyptian German Private Sector Development Programme (PSDP), the ZERO award 2012 has extended their deadline for Egyptian designers eager to submit innovative green ideas to the country’s architecture, interior design, and urban planning challenges. The top entries from each category will be recognized publicly and internationally and the winners will also[.....]

AGi Residential Wind Tower Wins Best Architecture Multiple Residence Award

AGi Residential Wind Tower Wins Best Architecture Multiple Residence Award

The Kuwaiti-Spanish Architecture firm AGi scooped two coveted awards at the International Property Award held in Burj Al-Arab, Dubai. In addition to being recognized for its Wafra Living Complex, the firm’s experimental Wafra Wind Tower project has received the Best Architecture Multiple Residence Award. A Google and Bloomberg TV channel collaborative, the International Property Award[.....]

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