‘Spaces in Between’ Brings KSA Architecture to Venice Biennale

. The architecture and built environment of Saudi Arabia takes the international stage with the inaugural KSA pavilion at the 2018 International Architecture exhibition at the Venice Biennale. The presentation, organized by the Misk Art Institute, explores the possibilities for activating spaces of cities and buildings.   For its first-ever national contribution to the Venice…

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How Singapore Designs and Builds a “Smart City and Nation”

. In this TEDx talk, Singapore’s Housing and Development Board CEO, Dr. Cheong Koon Hean, outlines how new technologies help architects and planners to increase quality of life while simultaneously adapting to a growing population.     The island nation of Singapore is just one example of a modern city that can benefit from smarter…

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Innovations in concrete: self-healing, programmable, and translucent

. Scientists and researchers are developing ways to make concrete — the most widely used building material in the world — more efficient, which could transform the building industry in Saudi Arabia and around the world. By Mukhtar Ibrahim, Head of Structural Department and Ahmed Alkadri, Senior Structural Engineer   There’s a long history of concrete construction…

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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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