Welcome to our February issue! As always we have crammed in some of the region’s most interesting architectural landscape and design projects for you to get a sneak peek. On page 32 we learn about the smart design of one of the UK’s most prestigious private schools that has recently opened in the UAE’s capital, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi. From futuristic elements to maintaining historical connections, the regeneration masterplan for Umm Qais (Gadara), a Jordanian town that relies heavily on tourism is revealed on page 26. We also review Kuwait’s stunning cultural hub, which is home to world-class performing arts and theatre productions, Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Center. The design is inspired by Islamic architecture, with complex geometric shapes forming the outer realm, creating dramatic public indoor
and outdoor spaces. Africa’s first proposed wooden tower is also featured, the award winning building will be constructed in Lagos using only timber and will offer a sustainable alternative to the concrete skyscrapers which currently dominate Nigeria’s largest city. As always we hear from our South American correspondent who profiles a Chilean project where naturally flowing water is at the heart of its design.
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