Thursday, 17 March 2016 00:00

The Gulf: Five designers to know

As Design Days takes place this week in Dubai, we bring you five individuals and practices carving out a niche in the Gulf's emerging design scene

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Architects may not employ the migrant workers building their grand designs in the Gulf states, but their names lend credibility to those that do. With appalling conditions still rife in the region, human-rights groups are demanding that practices stand up to their paymasters

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Designers of mega-projects in Abu Dhabi should use their influence to push for better conditions for migrant workers, Human Rights Watch says to Icon as it reveals continuing exploitation on luxury Saadiyat Island development

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Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

Can we outsmart the smart city?

A new generation of cities are being wired up to control themselves by harnessing huge quantities of real-time data. But by turning a city onto autopilot, are we in danger of losing what makes it human?

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Friday, 30 September 2011 16:28

Christo: Wrap legend

Christo, the artist who gift-wrapped the Pont Neuf and Reichstag, has spent years battling for permission to realise his extravagant installations.

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Monday, 28 March 2011 13:16

Masdar Institute by Foster + Partners

Foster completes the first phase of Abu Dhabi’s carbon-neutral city, combining renewable technologies and Arab forms with trademark steel and glass.

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Friday, 16 July 2010 08:49

Sex and the City 2

The shopping-and-sisterhood blockbuster is a vitally important text on the commodification of the city. And shoes.

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