Archive for May, 2007

Top UK architects accuse Israelis of oppression

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

I just caught this interesting post on Sabbah’s blog. A number of high profile names in British architecture has signed a petition organised by the group Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine. The Guardian Unlimited, is running a story on that. Leading British architects have accused their counterparts in Israel of complicity in schemes [...]

The girls just love Marcel Wanders :)

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

In the closing session today the moderator, Paula Antonelli, the curator of design at the MoMA, introduced dutch product designer Marcel Wanders by saying that she has been vying for his turquoise necklace for the past few days (notice the color coordination with the color of the conference’s logo by the way). And the Emarati [...]

Dubai Mini-Marathon at the IDF

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

One of the best things at the International Design Forum in Dubai so far, was the amazing “marathon” of interviews which was held by Rem Koolhaas and Hans-Ulrich Obrist from around 7 pm till after midnight on Monday. This extreme-conference format was apparently developed by Koolhaas and Obrist and was apparently practiced in London before [...]

Oliviero Toscani hijacks my IDF session :)

Monday, May 28th, 2007

There was a bunch of amazing people on stage for my first International Design Forum session Monday afternoon: Michael Rotondi of Roto Architects (and one of the founders of Morphosis), Carlo Ratti, a 30-something Italian architect (with pretty amazing work) and also Director of SENSEable City Laboratory at MIT, Michael Young, a Hong Kong based [...]

Pink suits and white dishdashas

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Talk about contrast. Karim Rashid (global designer and techno fetishist) and Rashad Bukhash, Director of Projects and Dubai Municipality and responsible for Architectural conservation.) Guess which is which

Want to show modern design in Dubai? Cover up those chandeliers!

Monday, May 28th, 2007

The Arab world just LOVES chandeliers. They give us this feeling of, umm, European style luxury or something. No hotel ballroom or convention center is complete without big glitzy kitschy chandeliers. But what if the German Red Dot Design people want to put on a show of good design in a Dubai convention center? Well, [...]

Video: Karim Rashid interview

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Interview with Karim Rashid by Rem Koolhaas and Hans-Ulrich Obrist in Dubai.