Archinect - News 2016-02-11T16:32:24-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/141818923/saudi-arabia-s-uneasy-relationship-with-its-cultural-heritage-of-mecca-and-medina Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina Alexander Walter 2015-11-24T13:45:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T21:20:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6l/6lc6278xjxkiw0f7.jpg" width="514" height="914" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The systematic destruction of Saudi Arabia is under way&mdash;in silence. Historic mosques, tombs, mausoleums, monuments and houses: more than 90% of the old quarters of the holiest cities of Islam has been razed to make room for a new urban landscape of hotels, shopping centres and apartment blocks. [...] Construction works have already transformed Mecca and Medina into cities without a past, dominated by skyscrapers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ca/cad9ol1pg1mv5qmv.jpg"></p><p>Built in 1780 and leveled in 2002 for the construction of the Makkah Royal Clock Tower hotel complex, the Ottoman Ajyad Fortress is just one of many historic sites that are being destroyed and replaced by hotel towers, condo skyscrapers and parking lots.&nbsp;</p><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136420934/more-than-50-dead-after-crane-collapses-on-mecca-s-grand-mosque" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More than 50 dead after crane collapses on Mecca's Grand Mosque</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110235274/has-mecca-been-robbed-of-its-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has Mecca Been Robbed of its History?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127538363/world-s-largest-hotel-under-construction-in-mecca-and-it-s-worse-than-you-thought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's largest hotel under construction in Mecca &mdash; and it's worse than you thought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60101271/mecca-s-mega-architecture-casts-shadow-over-hajj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecca's mega architecture casts shadow over hajj</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/139829407/unchecked-climate-change-will-make-the-gulf-uninhabitable-claims-new-study Unchecked climate change will make the Gulf uninhabitable, claims new study Nicholas Korody 2015-10-26T21:03:00-04:00 >2015-10-27T08:04:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0a/0alhzradf9urmvbt.jpg" width="514" height="382" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Gulf in the Middle East, the heartland of the global oil industry, will suffer heatwaves beyond the limit of human survival if climate change is unchecked, according to a new scientific study. The extreme heatwaves will affect Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha and coastal cities in Iran as well as posing a deadly threat to millions of Hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia, when the religious festival falls in the summer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The study shows the extreme heatwaves, more intense than anything ever experienced on Earth, would kick in after 2070 and that the hottest days of today would by then be a near-daily occurrence."<br><br><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129327717/luxury-anthropocene-dubai-gets-its-first-private-floating-islands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury Anthropocene: Dubai gets its first private floating islands</a></li><li><a title="It's only August but humans have already consumed a year's worth of resources" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134267895/it-s-only-august-but-humans-have-already-consumed-a-year-s-worth-of-resources" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's only August but humans have already consumed a year's worth of resources</a></li><li><a title="The climate is getting hotter, and we're not doing nearly enough" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138435289/the-climate-is-getting-hotter-and-we-re-not-doing-nearly-enough" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The climate is getting hotter, and we're not doing nearly enough</a></li><li><a title="Scientists Propose Using Lasers to Fight Global Warming" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107197418/scientists-propose-using-lasers-to-fight-global-warming" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scientists Propose Using Lasers to Fight Global Warming</a><br>&nbsp;</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/136420934/more-than-50-dead-after-crane-collapses-on-mecca-s-grand-mosque More than 50 dead after crane collapses on Mecca's Grand Mosque Alexander Walter 2015-09-11T13:33:00-04:00 >2015-09-11T13:36:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7u/7uik93j4gjdc5hd8.jpg" width="514" height="573" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At least 52 people were killed when a crane crashed in Mecca&rsquo;s Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia&rsquo;s civil defence authority said on its Twitter account.It said 30 people were injured. The Muslim annual Haj pilgrimage is due later this month and Saudi authorities go to great lengths to be prepared for the millions of Muslims who converge on Mecca.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/128252391/x-architects-wins-competition-to-design-new-mecca-master-plan-with-focus-on-pedestrians X-Architects wins competition to design new Mecca master plan with focus on pedestrians Alexander Walter 2015-05-28T14:58:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T23:10:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7b/7bh8ge7ukoy8rrbj.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UAE-based X-Architects has won a competition to design a new masterplan for Makkah, Saudi Arabia - the holiest city in the world for Muslims. [...] &ldquo;We proposed a complex network of pedestrian routes on different levels to enhance the movement during the &ldquo;Nafrah&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;The surrounding roads have either been bridged or tunneled so as to strengthen the pedestrian tissue. This will solve the current situation of the constant crash between people and vehicles.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jv/jvexwfmia5f4vdqa.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p7guujy18rwz9czn.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/et/etns6utzqnbry3bh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/ermf3w5gi4v7r0pt.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8i6ndfhb123mfp2d.jpg"></p><p>All images via X-Architects' <a href="http://www.x-architects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. Learn more about the proposal <a href="http://www.x-architects.com/x-architects/darb-al-mashaer/76" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>In case you were looking for <em>royal floors </em>and <em>helipads</em>, you may get lucky over here: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127538363/world-s-largest-hotel-under-construction-in-mecca-and-it-s-worse-than-you-thought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's largest hotel under construction in Mecca &mdash; and it's worse than you thought</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127538363/world-s-largest-hotel-under-construction-in-mecca-and-it-s-worse-than-you-thought World's largest hotel under construction in Mecca — and it's worse than you thought Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T19:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T17:38:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bd/bd99ad261c25ccecfdb9d6cf0c431b90.jpg" width="514" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Abraj Kudai is to become the world's largest hotel located in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and upon completion, will offer 10,000 rooms in 12 separate towers. [...] The Saudi Binladin Group holds the main construction contract, and work on the $3.5 billion hospitality project has already started. [...] The architecture is set to create an iconic landmark that will reflect a contemporary interpretation of a traditional desert fortress.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110235274/has-mecca-been-robbed-of-its-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Has Mecca Been Robbed of its History?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60101271/mecca-s-mega-architecture-casts-shadow-over-hajj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecca's mega architecture casts shadow over hajj</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/111876186/what-makes-a-building-sacred What makes a building sacred? Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:08:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f283e8b12d8ffc800f56189e3ec91aab.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new science of neuroaesthetics [...] tells us much about the way pure form is dealt with by the brain. [...] V S Ramachandran, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, and William Hirstein, a philosopher at Elmhurst College in Illinois, argue that we are innately attuned to recognise things as unified objects &ndash; such that we find brushstrokes or architectural features that can be mentally assembled into a coherent whole more beautiful.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Archinect Feature: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110890667/editor-s-picks-388 Editor's Picks #388 Nam Henderson 2014-10-10T12:37:00-04:00 >2014-10-10T13:13:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cr5e5c8nitt3jh00.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;continued her <strong>Material Witness</strong>. In <strong>#5</strong> she analyzed "<em>Wings of Desire</em>", "<em>Billy Elliot</em>"&nbsp;and "<em>In the Mood for Love</em>", for lessons about <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/110346994/material-witness-5-cultural-gerrymandering" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cultural Gerrymandering</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_ </strong>is appreciative "<em>See Julia Ingalis quote above...there is more beer in the fridge...Enjoying this Feature!</em>"</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xo/xo4q2etlseoz50z3.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;launched a <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/109656462/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-part-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">column</a> which "<em>will serve to highlight architectures in the Anthropocene that choose the latter. Moreover, it will explore ways in which the Anthropocene thesis changes notions of architecture</em>".</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0wqcbomn2eodqev.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110262611/architectural-history-in-tiny-tokyo-capsules" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Agence France-Presse spoke with Masato Abe</a>, founder of the Save Nakagin Capsule Tower Project.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/alex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Walter</a>&nbsp;pointed out "<em>You can even spend a night in a capsule thanks to Airbnb....</em><em><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1305889" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> or <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1860409" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></em>".</p><p><a href="http://ziauddinsardar.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ziauddin Sardar</a> bemoaned <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110235274/has-mecca-been-robbed-of-its-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Destruction of Mecca</a>.&nbsp;<strong>EKE</strong> confirmed "<em>I visited the kingdom in 2000, and spent time in Riyadh, Jeddah and Mecca. &nbsp;Yes, they are being robbed of their history, and they are doing it to themselves. ..erasing so much of the local vernacular</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1jflur4k6cp2z72.jpg"></p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/tylerhopf/status/517342193086775296" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tyler...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110235274/has-mecca-been-robbed-of-its-history Has Mecca Been Robbed of its History? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:31:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T18:35:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lb/lb1opi3yrrsguxzn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The dominant architectural site in [Mecca] is not the Sacred Mosque, where the Kaaba, the symbolic focus of Muslims everywhere, is. It is the obnoxious Makkah Royal Clock Tower hotel, which, at 1,972 feet, is among the world&rsquo;s tallest buildings. It is part of a mammoth development of skyscrapers that includes luxury shopping malls and hotels [...] The city is now surrounded by the brutalism of rectangular steel and concrete structures &mdash; an amalgam of Disneyland and Las Vegas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105403239/leading-saudi-artist-focuses-on-the-modernisation-of-mecca-and-jerusalem Leading Saudi artist focuses on the modernisation of Mecca and Jerusalem Alexander Walter 2014-07-30T14:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/45/45afb3c31c3cc2619ad7d629c632c387.jpg" width="425" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The leading Saudi artist Ahmed Mater, who caused a stir with a series of photographs depicting the rampant redevelopment around Mecca, is due to take part in his first public talk in the UK at Sotheby&rsquo;s London (12 August). Mater will also discuss this work in relation to other cities such as Jerusalem and Medina during the discussion, entitled &ldquo;Contemporary photography and hybrid architecture&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/60101271/mecca-s-mega-architecture-casts-shadow-over-hajj" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mecca's mega architecture casts shadow over hajj</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60101271/mecca-s-mega-architecture-casts-shadow-over-hajj Mecca's mega architecture casts shadow over hajj Alexander Walter 2012-10-26T12:45:00-04:00 >2012-11-03T17:16:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56574ea688a517f06e1cbe654f0fe06d.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Towering over Mecca, this is the world's second-tallest building &ndash; and it is just a tiny part of a voracious development that has seen historic sites bulldozed and locals forced into shantytowns.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/47979362/al-mualla-cemetery-mural-a-matter-of-life-and-death Al.Mualla Cemetery Mural / A Matter of Life and Death Alexander Walter 2012-05-10T13:41:00-04:00 >2012-05-10T13:48:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3tm2v4fiyl485prj.jpg" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Germany-based Egyptian architect Ahmed Al.Badawy has shared with us images of the fascinating project "Al.Mualla Cemetery Mural / A Matter of Life and Death" which won the First Prize at the First Islamic Competition for Ornamenting Makkah Al.Mukarramah (Mecca, Saudi Arabia). Next to Al.Badawy, the design team also included Ahmed Enab and Yasser Mehanna.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>