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Categories are separated into Built Projects (those with a minimum of one phase completed and operational with the last 3 years) and Future Projects (those commenced onsite but not yet completed).

Mixed Use Project Award
Description: A building, complex of buildings, or development with 3 or more uses/asset classes represented.
Examples: Offices/ residential/ retail/ cinema/ catering

Commercial Project Award
Description: A building or complex of single commercial use
Examples: Office buildings, factories, warehouses, logistics and distribution facilities

Leisure & Hospitality Project Award
Description: A building or complex that provides a leisure and/or hospitality function(s)
Examples: Hotels, serviced apartments, sports & leisure facilities, restaurants

Community, Culture & Tourism Project Award
Description: A public building or complex for the arts or serving the community
Examples: Museums, visitor centres, educational facilities, hospitals, religious buildings, airport

Residential Project Award
Description: A residential development of a minimum of 10 units
Examples: Villa/townhouse complex, apartments

Retail Project Award
Description: A retail development with a minimum of 10 units
Examples: Malls, retail districts

Environmental Sustainability Project Award

Dubai Cityscape Awards

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AD (Architectural Design) John Wiley & Sons, London
AD online
UAE and the Gulf: Architecture and Urbanism Now
Issue edited by Kevin Mitchell and George Katodrytis

At the end of the 20th century, Dubai attracted international media attention as the world sought to make sense of the city’s extraordinary growth. Exuberant projects such as the Burj Arab, the Burj Khalifa and the Palm Islands attracted investment in dreams to transform the region. While the global financial crisis kept dreams from becoming reality, this issue of AD seeks to present a view of architecture and urbanism in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other states in the wider Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at a time when greater economic stability promises new beginnings. The issue presents examples of architecture that transcends preoccupation with fabricating images, and traces the process of making contemporary Gulf cities, from material tectonics to large-scale masterplans. By presenting the architecture of UAE and the Gulf within the context of broader regional developments and global trends, it highlights how projects in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have contributed to unprecedented urban growth, while emphasising the continuing environmental challenges of building in the region. In addition to highlighting various sustainable initiatives intended to counteract these challenges, the issue also explores how computational design and new technologies are being innovatively employed to mitigate the impact of arid climates.

Urban and Architectural Typologies
The High Rise
Urban Plans
Sustainable Initiatives
Emerging Practices

Sarina Wakefield
Mona El Mousfi
Sharmeen Syed
Ameena Ahmadi
Terri Boake
Ahmad Abdelrazaq
Steven Velegrinis
Rami Samahy
Kelly Hutzell
Adam Himes
Varkki Pallathucheril
Todd Reisz
Malcolm Smith
Robert Cooke
Jeffrey Willis
Kevin Mitchell
George Katodrytis

above: AD cover

above: Collage by Manar done in George’s class

above: Gerber Architekten’s King Fahad, National Library, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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My Favorite Book Lists on Architecture and the Built Environment as published online by the Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE ) in Amman

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities, 1972
This novel makes you see cities differently. This book is like space; every time you revisit it has a different meaning. You should read it at the beginning of your architectural career. It will open a new world of spatial possibilities that will make sense every time you visit a new city. You should also read this book before you visit Venice.

Anthony Vidler, The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely, 1992
This book is a series of essays on contemporary architecture using the uncanny and alienation as a way to understand why architecture can be fragmented. The complexity of space is related to the “unhomely” modern condition.

Guy Debord, Society of the Spectacle, 1967
All architects should be urbanists. This book is a manifesto about the city, the street, its media, its anarchy, and the visual interpretation of complex urban systems. It elevates the collective and participatory condition of culture into a mainstream popular approach.

Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Learning From Las Vegas, 1972
Moving beyond looking at cities as romantic places made of historic squares and pedestrians, this book – through the analysis of Las Vegas – celebrates the system and dynamics of speed, of signs, of surfaces, and of artificiality. Read this book and then drive through the city.

Bernard Tschumi, Manhattan Transcripts, 1981
Architectural space, like a film script, can only be experienced through time. This book is a visual essay of photographs, notations, and tectonics, constructing narratives of experience and events to geometric spaces. I bought this book in Paris when I worked with Bernard Tschumi. The next day in the office, I understood better the Parc de la Villette project. Read this book before you visit New York.

Paul Virilio, War and Cinema, 1989
The technology of optics and war machines was in effect a simulation of space as image and representation. This book will open possibilities of looking at architectural space as illusion with edited sequence of scenes as though looking through a viewfinder. Read this book before you go to a film.

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Growing and weaving strands and trails from particles in dynamic forces and gravity environments.

above images: references of strand generation and weaving

above images: Untitled Yellow by Electric Umbrella Studio

above images: dynamic participles and strands scripting by George

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