Frank Lloyd Wright’s Organic Architecture

. The integration of architecture, nature, and technology defines the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.   In his 1910 essay “Organic Architecture,” Frank Lloyd Wright wrote, “It is quite impossible to consider the building as one thing, its furnishings another and its setting and environment still another.” This insistence on integrating architecture with its environment…

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Metro Station Construction Moves Ahead

  Construction on the Omrania-designed Western Station of the new Arriyadh Metro system continues to make progress. The steel framing of the dune-inspired canopies is coming along well, and other elements of the site plan are beginning to become visible.   Recent photos of the 11.7-hectare site show several of the gracefully arching steel canopy…

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2018 Omrania Iftar and Dinner Party Celebrates 45 Years of Service

.   Omrania’s annual corporate Iftar event was an occasion to come together in observance of Ramadan and a shared celebration of teamwork, led by 45 years of service from founder and Managing Partner Basem Al-Shihabi.   Around 220 members and guests of Omrania joined in this year’s corporate Iftar and dinner party, at once…

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Things the Young Architect Needs to Know but Didn’t Learn in School

    The transition from architectural school to the workforce can be jarring for many architects who aren’t trained to balance design aspirations with practical considerations. By Mahmoud Abughazal, LEED AP. Head of Architecture and Interior Design   A typical architectural student spends five years or more learning how to create design concepts with the…

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Landscape and Architectural Preservation in Salam Park

Salam Park, the landmark 25-hectare public space designed by Omrania with Aukett Fitzroy Robinson, offers a compelling case study in the role of urban context and heritage issues in landscape architecture.   Salam Park is not just a “green space” in the center of Riyadh, but a reservoir of history and a catalyst for urban…

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Water Management: Why the Alhambra Palace Was Ahead of its Time

  On a hill overlooking Granada, Spain is one of the most celebrated works of medieval Islamic architecture, and perhaps the only surviving site that displays the splendor of the last Islamic rule of Spain. Its history is complex and its functions diverse, but one thing is for certain: it is an architectural and engineering…

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“The Future of Making Buildings”: An Insider’s View

  Architect, educator and former Autodesk VP Phil Bernstein talks about how the rise of BIM technology is changing the nature of architecture.   By now most architects know what Building Information Modeling (BIM) is all about, but few understand its implications and potential better than Phil Bernstein, an architect, technologist and educator who helped…

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Cooling a Skyscraper In the Sun: The Kingdom Centre’s MEP Design

  Omrania has always strived to push boundaries in our work, and we’ve been quick to embrace new technologies in order to explore new possibilities.   When the Kingdom Centre was completed in 2002, it was not only the tallest building in Saudi Arabia; it was also the most advanced, featuring state-of-the-art engineering and building…

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Book Review: Nature and Cities

  “Landscapes do not lie; they are the embodiment of all that we do on Earth,” the editors ofNature and Citieswrite in their introduction. Faced with seemingly limitless urbanization, they challenge planners and designers to think creatively about sustaining nature and building communities.   This volume — named a Best Book of 2016 by the American…

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The 2018 Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design

  Graduating architecture students from across the Arab World will soon be able to apply to the 11thcycle of the awards program, which offers a unique opportunity to showcase outstanding work and compete for prizes.   Initiated in 2008 by Omrania and the Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE), the Omrania |…

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The Story of a Super-Material: Concrete Then and Now

    The cornerstone of the global construction industry is, for better and worse, concrete. Builders ancient and modern have been drawn to the material’s durability, versatility, and efficiency, but its benefits come at an environmental cost. Researchers today are finding new ways to improve concrete’s performance and mitigate its expense.   Mukhtar Ibrahim, Head…

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A 100-Year-Old Glass Curtain Wall Ahead of Its Time

  Featuring the first glass curtain wall in the United States, the Hallidie Building in San Francisco still feels surprisingly modern 100 years after its completion.   When the Hallidie Building was completed in 1918, it presented a striking contrast to the heavy masonry structures that lined the streets of San Francisco and most other…

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