With Dubai embracing design & innovation in a big way, I can see a lot of emerging opportunities for designers and architects there. Thus, we decided to dedicate an entire issue on Dubai, to showcase the possibilities, highlighting the works being done by major architecture firms and bringing out key factors supporting our research.
As a city, Dubai is constantly changing, evolving, learning and adapting. Study by SURFACES REPORTER & Bigsea Market Research revealed, as the world is getting less dependent on oil, building newer avenues would be the right strategy. ‘Design & Technology innovation’ is set to play vital role in shaping the city. Tremendous effort this city is making to position itself as a leader deserve strong appreciation.
Today’s Dubai is a picture of not only on-going work in construction sites, world class transportation systems, but a melting pot of various talents, global citizens, rapidly developing business environment, world class IT and most importantly highly positive approach combined with strong planning for leading in various sectors from renewable energy, entrepreneurship, automation to culturally relevant art pieces.
Dubai Holding launched The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) for developing and attracting design talent. With creative innovation as the key driver for fuelling sustainable development, the design institute will support development of talent in UAE and across several countries. Partnership with Boston’s MIT and Parson School of Design clearly shows the level of quality education it is aiming for.
Following DIDI, Dubai Design District (d3) was developed as a master-plan development dedicated to the design community. With 11 office buildings, it will also include a 1.8km waterfront development. In partnership with d3, Dubai Design Week was started in 2015 to put a spotlight on Dubai as region’s design city. I was thrilled to visit the latest show and could clearly see the seeds of a developing design hub.
A recent research by MENA Design Education Outlook in collaboration with D3 shows the requirement for around 30,000 design graduates by 2019.
World’s top architecture & design firms are strengthening their positions in the city. SURFACES REPORTER has covered the recent works of some firms in Dubai. I hope you will cherish going through the curated collection of Dubai Design Week most enthusiastically covered for you, also the works of Santiago Calatrava, Zaha Hadid Architects, OMA, Foster+Partners, BIG and UNStudio.
We had a chance meeting with ace photographer Ramesh Shukla and his son Neel Shukla who is a leading interior designer. It is a delight to present Ramesh Shukla’s story of UAE through his lens.
I always wondered how to define an ideal Indian company, answer to which I could figure out during my recent interaction with Prakash Lohia and Deepak Lohia of MERINO Group. Read the Brand Buzz to know more. Last but not the least, the work of Stefano Core of ItalianCreationGroup is praise worthy. He is trying to bring out the best of his luxury home brands from Italy to be available for the world. Read her exclusive interview in SR 10 on 10.