On the second day of Eid i was pleasantly awoken by a friend of mine at 8am, a group of friends were going out for breakfast in Johnny Rockets at Marina Crescent and he wanted me to attend. The breakfast was amazing, the weather was freezing cold, the rain was smashing down, the air, lands, and sea was wet and it was amazing; the hangout was one of the best.

Afterward i passed by Virgin to have a look at there latest books and music and whilst i was there i heard a cover of Hotel California by what sounded to me like The Killers or at least their lead singer Brandon Flowers. When i got home i Googled it and got the answer, it was.

The song was featured in Rhythms Del Mundo Classics, a collaborative album by various artists of which all the proceedings go to an environmental nonprofit organization Artists Project Earth, which raises public awareness and funds for climate change projects and for disaster relief efforts.

I downloaded it, because that what you do when you find music and i liked a few of the tracks;

#1. Hotel California – The Killers
#9. Runaway – The Zutons
#12. For What It’s Worth – OneRepublic
#14. Beat It – Fall Out Boy & John Mayer
#16. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Shanade

I never really cared for the Beat It cover by FOB; but the whole RDM album has a mexican/latin theme and it changed that a bit.

I also bought a copy of The World According To Clarkson Volume II: “And Another Thing…”, i have the first installment and the third and a few other books, but whenever I’de find the second installment I’de always be either strapped for cash or already reading something else. I bought this one because it was the last copy at Virgin and i didnt want to order it online.

Anyways when i was at Marina Mall and crossing the bridge between the Mall and Marina Crescent i noticed something strange and typical. It had been raining all of last night and all morning but i don’t usually expect to see this in a Mall; the poorly constructed and maintained mall’s bridge’s roof was leaking rain all over the place, and instead of the mall’s management shutting off the half  of the bridge that was covered in water  until maintenance handles it, they used buckets to collect the rainwater. Kinda reminded me about a personal project i wanted to start a few months back critiquing the design, construction, maintenance and the future of B.O.T. project Malls like the 360 Mall, Marina Mall and The Avenues in Kuwait.

This was one of my happiest Eids ever for me, great friends, great family and great food. :) I hope you all had a happy Eid!


Heights & Numbers

November 19, 2009

The video i posted earlier today reminded me of a little curiosity i have with heights and numbers. Or more, whenever i hear of a building’s height i think about how long it would take something to reach the ground when thrown off the top or dropped off of the top of the building. I usually go ahead to calculate the answers using some of the high-school and Physics 101 class from university.

Follow the jump to find out how long it would take you to hit the ground if you throw yourself off Burj Dubai, Burj Al-Hamra, Kuwait Towers or The World Trade Center!
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Source: Video of the Day: View From the Top o’ the World

Cover of Issue7 Designed by Arch Osama Hadeed, Illustration by Jawad Al-Shakks

Cover of Issue7 Designed by Arch Osama Hadeed, Illustration by Jawad Al-Shakks

For those of you that know T-Square, i would like to officially announce the new, 7th Issue of T-Square is out!

For those of you that dont, check it out on this link: http://www.tsquaremag.com/

T-Square Magazine is a student based Kuwaiti Architectural Magazine that is organized completely by a volunteering group of students from the Department of Architecture in Kuwait University. The magazine is funded by sponsors, each issue with a different sponsor. The designs, articles and photographs are primarily the work of students. It is made by the students, for other students and members of the general public to learn more about architecture.

Have a look at it, it is something truly impressive; great articles, great photographs, great artworks, designs and graphic design… well worth a read.

As soon as the PDF copy is out on the T-Square Magazine website i will update this post.

The 99 Percent

October 16, 2009

Flavorwire is becoming one of my favorite sites ever. I found this really interesting website called The99% on it. Daily Dose Pick: The 99% Read the Flavorwire.Com post about it for more info or click the link below. I didn’t watch the videos but i did read through a few of their posts and they bring up some interesting design applications.


BMW Lovos Concept

September 28, 2009

Following BMW’s ingenious GINA Concept car, they have just released the Lovos Concept photos.
I found the GINA concept car to be something truly spectacular, showing profound ingenuity, a very respectable and smart concept and i believe it’s shape shifting form if applied to the automotive industry will produce many unrestricted designs. The way cars are put together today doesnt really call for a strong exoskeleton, and as such, maybe dont even need one? Most cars use an internal welded chassis or a combination of a monocoque chassis and a stronger internal one with crumple zones and little flexibility under strong physical forces. This GINA system would allow cars to have a strong internal chassis and an independently designed external shell, meaning, an unprecedented number of cars can have the exact same chassis but a completely different form and overall external aesthetics.

The Lovos is equally if not increasingly inspiring, however, completely different! And when i first saw the photo it instantly hit me, the flaps are air brakes, and possibly photovoltaics? And i was right.

I love the direction BMW is taking in automotive design aesthetic form experimentation, they are the only company i can think of out there today pushing the boundaries of automotive design in terms of ingenuity.

It made me wonder what kind of applications it would have into architecture and reminded me of the shape shifting exterior facade designed by FLARE FACADE. I always wondered why Flare Facade never thought of combining their shape shifting forms with Photovoltaics for sustainable applications…. Maybe they can be inspired to do so after seeing the Lovos. Or maybe i should do one myself?

AutoBlog Lovos Article and Photos
AutoBlog BMW GINA Article


September 23, 2009

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Dubai vs. Kuwait: 2020

September 11, 2009

The following is a short comparison story i wrote for Architectural Criticism class of 2008. I was instructed to write an essay criticizing the architectural boom happening in Dubai during the last decade. During the class, the professor called this movement ‘Dubaization’.

The story i wrote is Pro-Dubai, although i am not Pro-Dubaization, i am also not against the movement, i am simply an observer from afar. I believe the current happening in Dubai to be a form of architectural experiment on a large scale. The city’s planners are pushing the limits of the city and architects from all over the world are participating in an eclectic design of an enormous scale.

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Lets imagine what I believe could be one man’s day at work in Dubai and another man’s day at work in Kuwait 10 years into the future from now.
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September 9, 2009

In the department of Architecture at Kuwait University, for a while now KASA have hung motivational quotations for the students to read while passing by. It is entertaining, even if like me, you don’t agree with them most of the time.

While researching new motivational slogans and quotations for the coming year, I stumbled upon a website archiving the many ridiculous design rules we hear throughout our education and read in books and hear from the mouths of architects. I found the website; simply named RidiculousDesignRules.com entertaining and somewhat beneficial. Its still not clear whether we will or will not use there rules in the department yet but here are a few I liked:

Power is nothing without ctrl+z

A giraffe is a horse designed by a committee

It’s easier to convince the client to like your design, then to design something your client will like

Design is not a democracy

Shine a light on it and call it art

‘The box’ is inside out

‘Good artists copy, great artists steal’ (Picasso)

Whoever says being pretty is not a function?

Art is expression, design is communication.

Make one stupid detail important, then ask your client his opinion. That gives him the feeling that he is the one who decides.

Measure twice, cut once

Don’t try to be original, just try to be good

Break the rules

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