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The best thing about the New Year is that it gives us fresh hopes, as­pi­ra­tions, and wants. For 2019, I want to see build­ings and de­signs, which are in­spir­ing and more hu­man-cen­tric. The idea should not be to cre­ate some­thing luxe, best, or out-of-the world but the fo­cus should be on mak­ing a place in­clud­ing plants and out­side views, na­ture, and less ar­ti­fi­cial. Be it of­fice, house, com­mer­cial or re­tail project, hu­mans and their ex­pec­ta­tions should be the core of de­sign, struc­ture, and ma­te­ri­als. Let’s hope for the best!

Our first edi­tion of 2019 fea­tures some of the new­est and re­mark­able projects in the re­gion. Span­ish ar­chi­tect Manuel Clavel Rojo graces our Jan­uary cover as he talks about his first project in the UAE, mix Dubai at Emer­ald Palace Kempin­ski. Rojo also tells why he has used a colos­sal Fabergé egg in the mid­dle of the restau­rant.

Mov­ing on to project sec­tion, we have DEWA’S new au­di­to­rium de­signed by IRD De­sign. Based on the rip­ple ef­fect of wa­ter, the de­signs are free-flow­ing in­ter­pret­ing the dy­nam­ics of move­ment. In OP-ED sec­tion, Su­maya Dab­bagh, Chair of RIBA Gulf Chap­ter, stresses the idea of mak­ing good cities. Also, James Marvin Skaines, di­rec­tor at PNC Ar­chi­tects, lists top trends that should be part of our build­ings.

It's a brand New Year and I have my per­sonal wish list too. Cur­rently, I am crush­ing on the Nido chair from Span­ish brand, San­cal.

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