In our first issue of the year, we explore the changing trends in living habits fuelled by new technologies that are influencing architecture and future designs. From sprawling compounds to vertical towers in the sky, our cities are quickly transforming into smart cities of the future. On page 24 we profile Kuwait’s Wafra Vertical Housing, an example of the city’s new approach to contemporary living. We also look at Wolbae Ipark’s wind tower in the South Korean city of Daegu. In Dubai, Tashkeel’s Zen garden by LOCI architects, the garden takes inspiration from Japan’s famous gardens but draws on local materials for its harmonious edge.
Continuing with our theme of past, present and future, we look to Meraas’ newest project Al Seef located in Dubai’s old town which is home to the city’s port and harbour. The landscape developer Cracknell outlines the project’s masterplan and how they achieved an intricate blend of architecture and landscaping which draws on elements from bygone eras. In the region, Fedaa M. Al-Khaldi and Dr. Anne A. Gharaibeh discuss Jordan’s waste management strategy including a project that could recycle solid waste, replenish water resources and provide job opportunities for low income population at Eastern Amman. We also focus on a student project to revitalise Heraa Street in Jeddah by turning the street into interconnecting useable landscapes, which encourages it residents to keep active and really enjoy where they live. We would like to take this opportunity to wish our readers a happy New Year!
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