• Daniel Allen

    Daniel Allen is a writer and a photographer. His work has featured in numerous publications, including CNN, BBC, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, Discovery Channel.

    For many Mexicans, news that Mexico City is finally building itself a new airport is long overdue. Official figures showed that over a third of all domestic flights that route through the city’s current international airport were late in the first half of 2016, largely because the outdated facility is struggling to...

    The ability to draw by hand—both to create precise technical drawings and more expressive sketches—has underpinned the architectural profession for centuries. Yet the advent of the digital age and the pervasiveness of design software has seen the role and relevance of hand drawing in architecture increasingly...

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    Jean Nouvel’s visionary Louvre Abu Dhabi is finally set to open next year. With an innovative design rooted in local culture, the building’s cutting edge materials generate a bewitching aesthetic. Late Masterpiece Boundary-pushing contemporary architecture is nothing new in Abu Dhabi. The emirate is, after all, home to...

    Director of East London-based practice POST-OFFICE, Philippe Malouin is a designer in demand. After several years working for English design maestro Tom Dixon, the 35-year-old started out on his own back in 2009. Today his award-winning portfolio includes tables, chairs, lights, art objects and installations. While a...

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    Hospitals and other healthcare-focused buildings are typically conceived as cold, uniform, joyless places. Faced with numerous challenges, those designing such spaces often seem focused on purpose rather than feeling, on function rather than form. Yet today, as patient-centric design is prioritized, a new type of...

    Over the course of the next decade, Middle Eastern governments are expected to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on transport infrastructure. From Doha to Dubai, new metro, light rail transit (LRT) and airport projects are either planned or already underway in a slew of urban centers across the region. It was...

    Building underground has never been easy, presenting designers and engineers with a unique set of problems. Yet today, thanks in part to some innovative technology, more and more architects are exploring the widening possibilities of subterranean space. Something Old, Something New Six meters under a street in...

    Urban space is under pressure like never before. For the first time in human history, more than half the world’s population now lives in cities. According to the United Nations, this figure will soar to nearly 70 percent by 2050. This has led many cities to expand laterally, following the pattern of low-density urban...

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    Only a few years ago, the concept of a “smart city”—or one that uses a complex network of wireless devices to facilitate communication between buildings and infrastructure, residents, service providers and administrators—seemed like science fiction. Today fiction is rapidly becoming reality. A recent report from...

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    China, the nation that gave us gunpowder and the compass, is no stranger to invention. In more recent times, the Chinese have also become masters at copying and reverse engineering. So when a Chinese firm claimed to have made a breakthrough in 3-D printed buildings last year, the global response was one of surprise...

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