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’m sure that most professionals working in the GCC would agree that living here has allowed them to embrace different cultures and open their minds to different practices and teaching methods in the workplace, whether good or bad! Dr. Frederick W Taylor first introduced his ‘scientific management principles’ into industrial manufacturing. His ideas were implemented by the likes of Henry Ford to the letter, ensuring that business management centered on a strong leader. For a more indepth look at the various management practices and training principals that employers can easily employ to get the best from their work force whilst keeping staff moral high go to page 34.

Check out architect Vincent Callebaut’s article on page 46, where he discusses his ‘Red Moon’ ecological groundscraper project in Morocco- it’s located in a wide clearing lined by dense forest-the parallel opposite of the urban skyscraper. On page 28, Millar architects profile their new Lafayette Park Playground in San Franciso which recently opened in June and on page 40, We’ve featured Diana Balmori’s ‘garden that climbs the stairs’ she created in Bilbao, Spain. Enjoy the issue!

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Contents August 2013- Issue 74

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Grant Associates adds to Wimbledon Master PlanThe value of urban regeneration

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Interview with Mr. Jon Ware – Division Head/Landscape Architecture of GTEC

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Lafayette Park

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Bilbao jardin 2009, the garden that climbs the stairs

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“The red moon” Bioclimatic groundscraper Ifrane 2011 morocco

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Moisture Sensing Central-Satellite Control Systems

Moisture Sensing Solar Controllers

Micro-Irrigation & Light Powered Control Products

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News & Events Light Middle East 2013 looks to better previous edition in a rapidly evolving industry A wide range of energy-efficient lighting systems, the latest innovative product lines, cutting edge lighting designs and technology that will impact the future of the industry are expected to be on view at the upcoming Light Middle East 2013, which will take place in Dubai in October.

Mr Ahmed Pauwels CEO, Epoc Messe Frankfurt

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poc Messe Frankfurt, organiser of the region’s definitive trade gathering for lighting and design, expects the 2013 edition of Light Middle East to be even more successful than the last one. This is an exhibition where architects, lighting designers, property developers, distributors & wholesalers, facility managers and government & municipality representatives come together to do business and discuss best practices. With the regional economies enjoying steady growth and the reviving fortunes of the real estate and construction industries, demand for the latest lighting systems is expected to continue on an upward trend. “We are seeing that demand for the most innovative and cutting edge lighting solutions



has really started to penetrate the industry in this region. We are particularly seeing a continuing trend for more energy-efficient systems – ones that project the future in their technological advances and aesthetics,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Epoc Messe Frankfurt. “These trends which are increasingly impacting the industry will also be evident at Light Middle East 2013,” he added. The growing emphasis being paid by governments across the region towards green building practices and energy efficiency is expected to further power demand for ecologically friendly lighting solutions. Light Middle East is an annual event which provides a backdrop for the industry to come together and help further drive these trends and developments. The global lighting market is expected to generate revenues of a whopping Euro 110 billion (AED 529.3 billion) by 2020, according to Osram-commissioned research recently conducted by McKinsey & Co.* The research was conducted across seven countries whereby a lighting market model was developed which estimates the size of the global lighting market through to 2020.

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It is a market which is being fuelled by the worldwide growth in population as well as the rising urbanisation trend in today’s societies. The research also indicates the tremendous significance of the emergence of LED technology for the lighting industry. New developments and innovations are set to change the face of the industry as a whole. A large number of leading international brands are expected to turn out at Light Middle East 2013. Exhibitors will be looking to further cement their presence in the regional markets given the trade fair’s well-reputed regional footprint. Amongst these are Astra Lighting, Beneito & Feure, Blue Rhine, Cariboni Group, Global Light & Power and Panlux, to name a few. Mr. Osama Swalmy, Sales Manager, Home Automation Division of Al Mazroui, said: “Light Middle East is the leading trade fair for the lighting industry in the region and is regarded as a dependable indicator of the developments and trends that are currently shaping the industry globally.” Light Middle East 2013 will also feature Light Insight Arabia – a comprehensive programme of conferences and workshops. Highly acclaimed by lighting industry professionals, designers and consultants, the interactive forums, instructional workshops and seminars will throw fresh light on key industry issues and trends. The 2012 edition of Light Middle East was extremely successful and featured 220 exhibitors from 22 countries showcasing over 350 international brands to 4,557 trade visitors from 72 countries. The 2013 edition will take place from 7 – 9 October at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.


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News & Events

Red Sea Housing to commence construction of SAR 60 m labor camp in Jazan Economic City following ECA approval The 188,999 sqm camp will be operational by Q2, 2014

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Mallawi, Investor Relations Manager, Red Sea Housing Services Company

About Red Sea Housing Services Red Sea Housing Services Company is one of the leading providers of high-profile modular housing solutions for companies involved in oil, gas, and mining excavation activities. The company operates three factories located in Jubail in Saudi Arabia, Jebel Ali in Dubai and Accra in Ghana. With an integrated portfolio of projects in 62 countries, the company also has subsidiaries in Ghana, Algeria, Qatar, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Libya.

ed Sea Housing Services Company, a provider of high-profile modular housing solutions has announced that it will begin construction of the first phase of a SAR 60 million industrial labour camp in Jazan Economic City (JEC) by Q1 2014 following the receipt of approval from the Economic Cities Authority (ECA). The construction of the 188,999 sqm labour camp is in line with Red Sea Housing’s 2020 growth strategy which includes strategically expanding the company’s business. The labour camp, which will be constructed in different phases to serve the various companies operating within JEC, is expected to have a maximum capacity of 10,000 residents and will be operational by the second quarter of next year. Red Sea Housing also revealed that in addition to providing high quality housing units for senior staff, junior staff, and workers; occupants of the labour camp can enjoy a continuous supply of electricity and fresh water and an array of entertainment amenities, recreational facilities including swimming pools and play courts, laundry and catering services. Commenting on the achievement, Mohammed Othman Mallawi,



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Investor Relations Manager, Red Sea Housing Services Company, said, “ECA approval is a reaffirmation of Red Sea Housing’s expertise and excellent track record in constructing high quality labour camps across the region and providing comprehensive housing solutions to its clients. The new labor camp at JEC will be financed through Red Sea Housing’s internal cash flow, in addition to credit facility lines and bank loans that will be arranged locally. Being involved in a development -as prestigious as Jazan Economic City gives- us another opportunity to showcase our know-how and the quality of our products and services that have made us the preferred supplier of remote site housing solutions for companies specializing in oil and gas and mining projects.” The Jazan Economic City is ideally placed at the mouth of the Red Sea to service markets in Europe, Asia and East Africa as well as to receive raw materials from the surrounding countries that are currently not well served with processing and manufacturing facilities. JEC focuses on four areas: heavy industries, secondary industries, human capital and lifestyle. The city will provide an environment for key industries, technology exchanges, commerce and trade, employment opportunities, education and training, housing and a broad spectrum of socio-economic activities for a projected population of 300,000 people.


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Sheikh Mohamed approves new projects of DM UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, reviewed and approved a bunch of new projects being implemented by Dubai Municipality as part of his keenness to follow up the works of different departments of the government of Dubai aiming to ensure the perfect execution of these projects in sync with his directives to achieve the excellence in serving the community. Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality briefed H.H Sheikh Mohammed the following projects : Hatta Housing Project The Hatta Housing Project aimed at providing houses for the citizens was approved by H.H the last year after his tour to the project site. According to the approved plan, total 302 housing plots will be built in 375,000 m2 encompassing the most advanced services and facilities combining both modern and traditional values in tune with the natural characteristics of the Hatta area.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with DM officials emphasize the

projects such as Hatta Housing Project, Second Stage of Sewage Water Treatment Plant In Jabal Ali, Al Mamzar Corniche Beach, Methane Gas Extraction Project, Maritime Museum, Mini World Park, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library,



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Second Stage of Sewage Water Treatment Plant In Jabal Ali Having approved the second stage of sewage water treatment plant project in Jabal Ali, Sheikh Mohammed praised the civic body for its enthusiasm in maintaining and developing a hassle-free sewage water treatment system for last 2.5 decades since the inception of Al Aweer Plant. Sewage Water Treatment Plant Department has almost completed the designing of the second stage of the plant in Jabal Ali, which is expected to start in July 2014 to be accomplished by December 2016.

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The total area of the plant will be 41,000 hector by 2020 with the capacity to serve 2.25 million people which will in turn help to increase the green area of the city up to 450 hectors enhancing the beauty of the city in accordance with the population growth and urban development being witnessed by the city. Al Mamzar Corniche Beach Al Mamzar Corniche Beach project located in Mamzar area opposite of the Palm Deira in 1,000 meter length between Al Mamzar Park and Al Hamriya Port, aims to add 60,000 m2 of area to the public beaches of Dubai. The project includes all basic and advanced facilities of public beaches in line with the Blue Flag quality mark achieved by the Mamzar Beach and expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2014. Methane Gas Extraction Project This outstanding project comes as part of the Municipality’s vision in the area of sustainable development of the city promoting Dubai as a leading city in the field of green initiatives. The project called 2020 in anticipation to host Expo 2020 is the first in its kind in the region and designed to

extract methane gas from the waste land fill area in Al Qusais mitigating 250,000 tonnes of methane gas per year. Al Qusais landfill area starched in 3.5 km2 has been receiving 5,000 tonnes of waste per day. Maritime Museum The Maritime Museum is a museum of aquatic species inspired by the shape of a natural snail along with great views of the Ras Al Khor Sanctuary to enjoy watching rare birds and dazzling nature of the reserve. It will be a unique architectural masterpiece in its form and content at an estimated cost of Dh 35 million. The project has distinct facilities and sections to meet the purpose of the project, which is expected to be a source of tourist attraction in the emirate. Mini World Park The Mini World Park, designed to showcase replicas of famous monuments all over the world, is the first of its kind in the Arab world. It would display the features of Burj Dubai, Burj Al Arab, Empire Building - America, Carlton Tower - China, CN Tower - Toronto, Petronas Tower - Malaysia, Swiss Re Tower – London, in addition to historical

landmarks such as Abu Simbel temple and pyramids - Egypt, Timgad - Morocco, Great Wall of China, Leptis Magna- Libya, Kingdom of Kerma - Sudan, Aztec Temple- Mexico, Roman Colosseum - Rome, Acropolis of Athens - Greece, Stonehenge – England and Petra - Jordan. The project would also contain some models of natural monuments including Hanging Gardens of Babylon - Iraq, Ayers Rock - Australia, Raouche Rock- Lebanon, Rushmore Mount America, Rice Terraces- Philippines, Resurrection Island- Chile, Niagara Falls – Canada, etc. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Library project is a unique architectural masterpiece, designed in the form of book bearer or an open book. This high profile project would be carried out by the civic body aiming to establish a central library that fits the needs of the city. The building consists of a basement, ground floor and seven levels with a total area of ​​50,000 m2. The library will accommodate million books in display in addition to 1.2 million books in storage.

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News & Events

Al Ain Zoo Launches Summer Break

Since last 30th June, Al Ain Zoo open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm, and throughout Eid Al Fitr celebrations Children to enjoy free entry until end of Ramadan when accompanied by two adults –

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l Ain Zoo announced the launch of its Summer Break, which will see the zoo open from Thursday until Saturday from 6pm to 10pm, since last 30th June 2013. The Summer Break will facilitate various enhancements throughout the zoo to introduce new and upgraded exhibits, activities and dining choices, ahead of the destination’s 45th anniversary this December. Children under 12 years of age will enjoy complimentary entry until the end of Ramadan when accompanied by two adults. Al Ain Zoo will begin the Summer Break with the debut of the new Chess Area, with lifesize chess pieces perfect for interactive family entertainment. Visitors will be welcome over the weekend to watch the animals enjoying the cooler evenings as they would naturally in the wild, after resting during the heat of the day. The zoo will then open its doors to guests for the Eid Al Fitr holiday celebrations, with special cultural and themed activities to be announced at a later stage.

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Commenting on the announcement, Ghanim Al Hajeri, Director General of Al Ain Zoo said: “Al Ain Zoo is committed to ensuring guests enjoy the best possible experience, offering the entire family a combination of entertaining activities and attractions that promote conservation and education. On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of our founding by the late H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, we will be enhancing various parts of the zoo to best deliver against this commitment. To minimise inconvenience – and to coincide with the animals’ natural resting times – we have opted to implement these plans during the quieter weekdays over the summer period.” As part of its on-going commitment to continuous progression since the zoo’s founding in 1968, the summer enhancements will introduce a new Mixed Asian Exhibit, with three ungulate species being debuted, including the Chital, Nilgai, and the Blackbuck. A revamped Elezba will encourage guests to


interact more with animals, featuring a walkin aviary, tortoise enclosure, and bird feeding, and visitors can partake in the latest activities in the new Family Zone area. Guests will also enjoy new dining choices including the Flamingo Café and the Mixed African Café. Al Hajeri further added: “Our Eid Al Fitr activities have always been a popular success with visitors, and this year will be no different. We look forward to sharing more details about our plans for Eid Al Fitr very soon, and to welcoming guests to spend the holiday with us.” Al Ain Zoo launched new Summer operating hours since last 30th June, opening from Thursday to Saturday from 6pm to 10pm. The zoo will then welcome guests for each day of the Eid Al Fitr holiday before returning to its Summer Break, and finally unveiling its upgrades for the cool season, when it will return to a full weekday schedule. The zoo is located on the UAE-Oman border and is a short drive from Dubai and the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi. With the majestic Jebel Hafeet and the rich expanse of Green Mubazzarah as its backdrop, Al Ain Zoo is one of the city’s leading attractions. For more information on Al Ain Zoo please visit www.alainzoo.ae. You can also follow Al Ain Zoo on www. facebook.com/AlAinZooUae or www.twitter. com/AlAinZooUAE

About Al Ain Zoo: Founded in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed, the Father of our Nation, Al Ain Zoo is a family destination, providing entertainment and learning experiences in a natural outdoor environment. Today, visitors of all ages discover the zoo’s wildlife and enjoy a great day-out packed with fun and adventure, while learning about conservation and exploring a collection of over 4000, animals. Al Ain Zoo is home to an internationally important conservation programme focusing on the wildlife of the world’s arid regions, and the zoo is involved in conservation research, captive breeding and propagation and the reintroduction of threatened species to their wild habitats. Our collection of desert antelopes is recognized as among the best in the world. Al Ain Zoo is a proud member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA). Strategic partnerships have been set up with leading zoos, conservation agencies and associations from across the world, including the World Conservation Union and Species Survival Commission, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, San Diego Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo, the Northern Rangelands Trust of Kenya and the Sahara Conservation Fund. As part of the UAE’s commitment to wildlife conservation both within the UAE and internationally, Al Ain Zoo is transforming the area around the existing zoo into a new institution dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and conserving desert wildlife. This sustainable leisure and learning destination, called Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort, will provide an extraordinary opportunity for visitors to explore and learn about the desert world and experience a world-class tourist destination. Embedded within the UAE World Desert, the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre will feature educational exhibits that celebrate the wildlife and traditions of the desert, celebrate the conservation heritage of the late Sheikh Zayed and help chart a sustainable future for desert living.

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BLUE STREAM AID SCHOOLS IN REALIZING THEIR RECYCLING AMBITIONS Awareness and Initiatives

Educational institutions in the UAE are quickly catching on to the benefits of recycling, which are heavily influenced by government bodies such as Municipalities and the Education Ministry. A large section of these schools already have children from different parts of the world where recycling is an everyday concept so parents are more than ever pushing for UAE schools to come inline with the rest of the world in regards to recycling.

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Blue Stream has now joined hands with ADNEC (Abu Dhabi Education Council) to aid schools in fulfilling their recycling initiatives and to promote recycling habits amongst

Blue Stream Environmental Technology LLC are specialists in recycling urban container design and implementation and have steadily over time worked with multiple educational institutions to help them realize their ambitions for recycling.

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the educational sector. Lycee Louis Massignon, Abu Dhabi is one of the latest clients Blue Stream has worked with by offering them a specialized range of recycling containers that are ideal for school usage, which


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focuses on easy access for children for a variety of grades. These recycling units are complimented with bright and bold labeling for easy identification of segregated waste collection. These containers are accompanied with a secure lock and key vandal proof method of empting the waste containers to ensure that there is no chance for the waste to be tampered with and also kept secure from children.

Creating a sustainable recycling network

Container units have been designed so that for certain regions of the school where bulk voluminous waste collection is bound to happen, larger waste containers have been identified, specifically the Metro Recycling models from Blue Stream which focuses on bulk waste recycling collection with bright and bold labeling and with ample space for inter changeable ad slogans. These container units are ideal for areas with a lot of waste generation such as sports centers and public canteen areas.

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The other recycling center identified is Cestone from Blue Stream’s Athena range of products. These are very specially designed with graphite mica paint with a different luster and feel altogether. These add to the character of the school and enhance the aesthetics, acting not just as a recycling bin but also as an urban receptacle that works to amplify the public spaces in the school. Segregated collection has been focused on four streams, paper, plastic, glass and cans.

Prospects for the future

The overall success of the campaign is easily identified by the positive reaction of the students towards the recycling campaign. Blue Stream have rolled out similar recycling schemes in other UAE schools and are focusing on creating green consciousness schools where students adopt recycling habits from a young age and contribute to the UAE’s vision of creating a green society for all.


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Grant Associates adds to Wimbledon Master Plan

Holistic landscape and public realm design for finest stage in world tennis

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“Our aim is to capture the spirit of playing tennis in an English garden whilst building on the tradition, quality, elegance and attention to detail Wimbledon is renowned for.”

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UK landscape architecture firm, Grant Associates will be responsible for developing a holistic landscape framework and public realm strategy for the world’s most famous tennis club, working alongside lead masterplanners, Grimshaw.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has unveiled the Wimbledon Master Plan, which sets out a vision and framework for the future guiding the development and enhancement of Wimbledon as the preeminent Grand Slam and the finest stage in world tennis.

Reinforcing the spirit of ‘playing tennis in an English garden’ the landscape strategy designed by Grant Associates seeks to define, connect and choreograph spaces throughout the Grounds.  “The aim is to reinforce the sense of an English garden, creating a unique narrative journey for visitors, players and Club members,” said director, Keith French.

imbledon may have closed their doors this year on a celebratory note, after Andy Murray become the first British winner of Wimbledon in 77 years, but the next time they reopen for the summer grand slam, the famous London court will have had a makeover.

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The landscape framework will include enhanced landscape walkways and promenades, the use of topiary, green walls and planted pergolas, creative paving, display areas, enhanced tree planting and themed garden spaces. French added, “Our aim is to capture the spirit of playing tennis in an English garden whilst building on the tradition, quality, elegance and attention to detail Wimbledon is renowned for.�

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The wider Wimbledon Master Plan The wider Wimbledon Master Plan vision has been determined by a radical rethink and strategic re-configuration of the grounds to optimise the use of the site. New grass courts have been located to the north of No.1 Court to release space and ease congestion in the central area and the south. No.1 Court will be remodeled to receive a new fixed and retractable roof, which will allow for uninterrupted play irrespective


of the weather. It will also provide new hospitality areas, replacing the temporary facilities currently situated at the south of the grounds, which will benefit from spectacular views over the outside courts. Proposals will be brought forward in a phased development of detailed study, refinement and consultation. Publication of the Wimbledon Master Plan is the first step in the consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.

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Interview

Interview with the Division Head of Golden Triangle Engineering Consultancy

Jon Ware- Division Head/Landscape Architecture, GTEC

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What is your current position in the company? I am the Landscape Architecture Division Head for GTEC (Golden Triangle Engineering Consultancy). I’m establishing a new landscape division in a well-established engineering and architectural firm. I also work with a local quarry, promoting and marketing Omani silt stone (AMD Stone) Can you give us a brief about your educational background and your experience in the GCC area? I have two bachelor degrees, one in Landscape Architecture (BLA) from University of Idaho, USA and (MS in Horticulture) from Brigham Young University—Idaho. When I finished university, I posted my CV online and I had several American firms approach me, as well as one from Oman. I did some research on Oman and then an interview with the company and shortly after I felt comfortable with such a big move and decided to go for it. I quickly adapted to life and work in Oman and was promoted to project manager after a short period, managing the design of resorts, airports and mixed-use developments. What inspired you to become a landscape architect? While in high school, I met someone in university studying to be a landscape architect. This was a curious sounding profession to me. When I entered college I took landscape design classes in the horticulture department and really enjoyed them. So I pursued a horticulture degree with emphasis in design and construction. After receiving my bachelor degree in horticulture, I felt it was important to have a professional degree in landscape architecture

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so I would be better prepared for complex and large-scale projects, so I transferred to an accredited university in landscape architecture. What projects have you been involved in to date in your career? I started in the construction industry quite young, working with contractors in high school and college. While attending university, I had internships in a plant nursery and in a design office, assisting a landscape architect. Also at university, I took part-time teaching assistant jobs in design studio classes and did part-time design work for residential design/build contractors. I met with clients, assessed their needs, prepared designs and sold landscape jobs for contractors. All these experiences enriched my formal education and helped me have a head start on other graduates. After graduation, I joined a small design/ build company in Oman. I was one of two landscape architects in the company (and we were the only two landscape architects in Oman) and we had the biggest projects in the country, including Barr al Jissah Resort and Spa, two international airports, Blue City and The Wave, Muscat. It was an exciting time, designing for projects valued at hundreds of millions to over a billion dollars. What is the most frustrating aspect of your work? The best and worst part of my work is educating clients, colleagues and coworkers. It can be so rewarding training staff or presenting concepts to clients and explaining how we create functional space or teaching principals of aesthetics and sustainability. It is gratifying to see someone grasp a new concept and see landscapes with


Muscat Sector 4 BeachPark new eyes. However, it is disappointing when someone cannot be convinced landscapes are important. A year ago, a large property developer hired me to solve their landscape issues in their high-end properties. I inspected the landscapes and there were many unsightly aspects and functionality issues that made their landscapes unattractive and unused. I asked for the landscape architect’s drawings. The design on paper was much better than what was implemented. After a little investigation, I discovered that the in-house contactor proposed several small cost saving

changes, each minor change signed off by the consultant and client. Individually, the changes seemed not to matter at the time but collectively they destroyed the landscaping and roof garden. I recommended changes to rectify the problems but the proposed changes are costly. Meanwhile, the same client was building a similar complex nearing completion with large roof garden spaces. They asked me to design and supervise it, with a tight timeframe of 4 months. Regrettably, I agreed. After the design and costing was finalized and

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Interview exterior and interior landscapes for the new Muscat International Airport and also landscapes for Salalah International Airport. Other important clients include the Ministry of Tourism, Omran, Muriya (Orascom), Barr al Jissah (Shangra-la Resort Residences). I appreciate a diversity of clients and projects, from private residences to large scale nature parks for the government.

Muscat_Sector 1 Park subcontractors on board, several aspects of the design were questioned and changes were proposed by the in-house main contractor. I agreed to some changes while others I would not. The client wouldn’t compromise my roof planting design because of past roof garden problems (dying plants and leaky roofs). Subsequently, all the plants are healthy and the planters do not leak. When the client asked me to compromise on my pavement and water feature designs (to save time), I refused and I repeatedly explained

the consequences. The client changed the design anyway and again they are suffering with landscape issues. Who are your major clients and what major projects have you been involved with on their behalf? Over the past 7 ½ years in Oman, I have worked with the best clients and on the best projects: The Wave, Muscat—sectors 1-4 and the Sales Center and the Greg Norman Golf Course Entrance, I have also designed

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What are the main challenges you have encountered and how do you deal with them? Finding appropriate materials at reasonable prices is challenging in Oman. I love promoting local and natural products wherever possible, but in Oman a landscape architect’s pallet of local materials can seem small. I have studied native plants and encouraged large projects to develop nurseries to grow native species. In Oman, stone is an important element in my designs. When I first came to Oman, everyone was using imported, bright colored stone. I felt this was offensive to nature and clashing with the natural beauty of Oman. Therefore, I set out to find suppliers of local stone (besides marble). I visited quarries and proposed new materials to be quarried and I trained masonry contractors to dress and fix stones in new ways. I also incorporated on site stone material in my designs. At The Wave, Muscat I proposed rough stones being used for revetment in the marina for cladding


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Interview landscape walls in the streetscapes. These stones walls helped create an identity for this new development and draws connections to Omani heritage.

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What is your dream project? My dream projects change all the time. Currently, I would like to master plan open spaces for a city. In Muscat, there are diverse open spaces, including beaches, sand dunes, wadis, jebel, large urban parks, green belts, etc. Despite vast and diverse open space, the recreation opportunities are minimal and recreation value is very low and people have to travel by car to use parks. I would like to study the existing open spaces, propose appropriate recreation in strategic areas and network a citywide park system. In your opinion, what are the essential attributes that landscape architects should possess? The field of landscape architecture is broad and can accommodate people with various attributes. But generally speaking, landscape architects should be sensitive and perceptive to environments around them. With these attributes they will notice why spaces are active or not. They will see how landscapes bring people together and what landscape features and amenities draw people outdoors. They will get design inspiration or learn lessons from surrounding nature, vernacular

design and watching people in parks. If you can perceive the attributes of good landscapes, you can accurately hypothesize what it takes to create great landscapes. Do you think that the international standards for the landscaping industry are too rigid and unrealistic or can they easily be applied when executing projects? There are many good organizations establishing landscape design standards. It is important to familiarize yourself with different standards to ensure safety, accessibility and comfort. Standards also

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guide us in strengthening communities, protecting the environment and adding beauty. International standards serve as a measure for design (especially when there are no formalized local standards). International standards must be tempered with local conventional practices. As designers, we must avoid ethnocentric design standards that conflict with local culture and customs. Standards assist us in creating sustainable landscapes, but if the international standards are not appreciated locally, whatever we create will not be sustained and our efforts and materials are wasted.


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Muscat Sector 2 Where do you see the GCC in 10 years from now with respect to developments and landscaping? I think we will see landscapes that will reflect the needs of a changing society. Governments will invest in community projects and encourage healthy lifestyles. Governments will develop their own recreation standards and plan for more open space recreation. Landscapes will be used to sooth social tensions, give locals healthy outdoor recreation in closer proximity to their homes. I think sidewalks, streetscape and neighborhood parks will be

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more important and people will keep their cities cleaner. I think desert landscapes will be more appreciated and there will be less lawn and tropical plants and more stone and native plants. What advise can you give to the aspiring landscape architect? Firstly, get an education that will challenge you and push you. A couple years ago I was invited to be a critic for a local international branded university. I was saddened by the 3rd year students’ efforts reflected in the presentations. I remember being pushed

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by professors and competing with the other students for the best marks. I had many all-nighters preparing my presentations. Secondly, get as much practical experience as possible. Get a summer construction job or a design office internship. All practical experience will give you confidence in your design future. Finally, please conclude by evaluating your own company position in the market and share any relevant information about current projects? Oman has a relatively small population and market, but Oman is growing and the government is investing heavily in its future. We are well poised for the growth that Oman is starting to experience, having participated in many of the country’s major developments. We also have several current projects in hand, including the detailed design of Salalah international airport, two large city parks in Salalah commissioned by the Ministry of Tourism, the landscape master planning for Masirah Island Military Base—this will be the first military base in Oman master planned with integrated landscape and open space recreation, i.e. sports fields, bicycle trails, beach parks, etc. We are also advising for Omran, an Omani government company developing tourism infrastructure in Oman. Lastly, we are designing various residential landscapes.


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Lafayette Park Playground Lafayette Park, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood is a child-oriented landscape that connects nature to a child’s sense exploration, adventure, and fantasy.

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n 2008, San Francisco voters passed the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, which identified Lafayette Park as one of thirteen city parks selected for inclusion in the city-funded park renovation program. The bond allocated $10.8 million towards improvements to Lafayette Park, $950,000 of which was designated to the playground area. The Friends of Lafayette Park Playground took on the task of assuring that the park would have a one-of-a-kind playground. Jeffrey Miller, founder and principal landscape architect at Miller Company, spearheaded the playground design, which he envisioned as a play environment with nature at its center. Working in collaboration with the Friends of Lafayette Park, The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD), The San Francisco

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The Pritchard Shale boulders form a seating area on The Gorge.


The bridge crosses over The Gorge and provides a nice view of the playground.

Department of Public Works (SFDPW), and local residents, Miller presented a new design for the 13,800 square-foot play area within the larger 11.5 acre park. Two monumental rock mountains connected by an arched footbridge form the focal point of The Gorge, constructed from 200 tons of russet- and ochre-colored stone slabs. A play structure called The Tower features a 17 foot high turret, one of many locations within the playground that offers observation and lookout points to both the playground and the larger park beyond. Pole slides along the side of The Gorge provide a fun challenge for kids.

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Above left: Kids playing with water toys in the raised creek bed. Above right: Kids play on the swings beside The Gorge, with The Tower in the background.

The Central Narrows at the Gorge’s interior forms a natural amphitheater extending to The Serpent’s Head, a large sculptural stone form that rises above an Open Cave that is patterned with pebbly skin and slithers into a 60 foot long meandering raised stone Creek, powered by children at multiple hand pump stations. Crawl tunnels, climbing walls, rope nets, curving slides and swings pose opportunities for balancing, exploring, basking, group and solo play. The golden tones throughout the playground heighten the exhilaration and sensitivity of a child’s contact with the raw beauty of the natural elements. Miller and colleague Maya Nagasaka traveled to Northwestern Montana to source the stone for The Gorge. The team hand-picked each boulder, paying close attention to the size and shape of every slab and fragment, which, when carefully placed on-site back in Lafayette Park, would make for the fantastic, adventurous climbing playscape. Miller was attracted to a stone called Pritchard Shale, with its warm red, orange, and gold colors with undertones of blue-grey that come out at dusk. The material’s flat shape offers great potential for stacking in slabs, giving center stage to the force of gravity in the playground. In the earliest design stages, Miller Company put forward an extended concept for the playground, placing it in a broad

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context and creating strong visual connections to the surrounding built environment, rich with history and notable architecture. The team envisioned a new wisteria-covered trellis and play lawn to the north of the playground, as well as a picnic belvedere to reinforce the park’s connection to the surrounding neighborhood. The new playground is carefully designed to sit

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comfortably in a beautiful natural setting that maintains a surround of existing Cypress, Ficus, and willowy Mayten trees. During one of many public design sessions, the community expressed a strong sensitivity to color, voicing a preference for a neutral color palette for the play equipment, which fit well with Miller Company’s intention to hold the focus


Above left: Kids can use the green hand pumps to fill The Creek. Above rigth: Kids play in The Creek, which is paved with striped black and tan pebbles to resemble a serpent’s skin.

on the natural stone of The Gorge. The playground, which opened to the public on June 8 this year is a shining example of the successful collaboration between an invested community constituency, hard working city agencies, and a dedicated design team. About Miller Company Landscape Architects Miller Company Landscape Architects offers creative and functional design solutions for every major type of open space development. Established in 1980, Miller Company creates outdoor environments that engage users and support the ecological health of the natural surroundings. Principal Jeffrey Miller is licensed as both a landscape architect and a landscape contractor. Our office is sharply focused on the constructability of our designs. We look for enduring solutions that will enhance the project’s usability and value.

The company works with a broad range of project types including schools, parks, urban spaces, corporate campuses, multifamily housing, health care providers, nonprofit service organizations, and private gardens. We regularly design projects that are focused on landscapes associated with the adaptive reuse of existing buildings for new housing, commercial, and institutional purposes. We often incorporate features mounted on the roofs of buildings designing rooftop terraces and green roof landscapes. Miller Company

incorporates rainwater capture in projects for use as landscape irrigation and is adept at creating landscapes that are designed to highlight storm water as an important visual element. Miller Company is widely recognized for a commitment to collaboration in the landscape design process. The company pursues a strategy of active community participation in urban design projects and has worked extensively with neighborhood groups to develop socially engaging

The Creek provides equal access to children in wheelchairs, and its winding path ensures there is room for all to play.

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environments. We recognize the value and importance of integrating new projects into the existing cultural context. We address the constraints of climate and environmental conditions as opportunities for innovative landscape design. Our projects have been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for sustainable design, with publications, LEED Certification, GreenPoint rating, and awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Institute of Architects, US Green Building Conference and other organizations.

From the smaller play structure, a child looks out to the crawl tunnel, The Gorge, and The Tower in the distance. Location: Laguna and Sacramento Streets, San Francisco, California, USA Landscape Architect: Miller Company Landscape Architects Year: 2013 Image Credit: Miller Company Landscape Architects Text Credit: Arianne Gelardin Project Credits for Lafayette Park Playground: Jeffrey Miller, Principal Landscape Architect Maya Nagasaka, Project Designer Sean Henderson, Assistant Designer Structural Engineer: Mosswood Engineering The playground includes a merry-go-round play structure, seen in the foreground, as well as The Tower climbing structure, seen in the distance.

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Time and Motion

How to maintain a positive and well organised working environment

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agreeing with this assertion paid high wages and introduced an eight hour working day and the rest is, as they say ‘history’. Taylor’s principles went on to be adopted in many countries around the world most notably in Germany (1920/30s) and Japan (post 1945).

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Frederick W Taylor 1856-1915 Frederick W Taylor was an American engineer who introduced scientific management principals into industrial manufacturing. His ideas, known as Taylorism, have been hugely influential, and led to the development of the assembly line of American car manufacturer Henry Ford. The Company implemented Taylors recommendations to the letter ensuring that business management centered on a strong leader. It was patriarchal for the entire business and absolutely responsible for its success. Taylor suggested that in order for workers to work as efficiently as possible they must ‘want’ to work as efficiently as possible therefore the company should provide incentives for good performance. Ford

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Taylors Four Principles of Scientific Management 1. Replace working by “rule of thumb,” or simple habit and common sense, and instead use the scientific method to study work and determine the most efficient way to perform specific tasks. 2. Rather than simply assign workers to just any job, match workers to their jobs based on capability and motivation, and train them to work at maximum efficiency. 3. Monitor worker performance, and provide instructions and supervision to ensure that they’re using the most efficient ways of working. 4. Allocate the work between managers and workers so that the managers spend their time planning and training, allowing the workers to perform their tasks efficiently. Taylorism’s main principals addressed the perceived need for stricter organisation, time management and more directed training. In traditional working environments, Taylor argued there was too much room for individual innovation: three different people


approaching the same job would not only take different amounts of time, but approach each aspect of the task in a different way. Taylor in his endeavours broke each job down into its individual motions, analyzed these to determine which were essential, then with unnecessary motion eliminated, the worker, following a machine like routine became much more productive. He suggested that making people work as hard as they can was not as efficient as optimizing the way the work was done. Thus, in analyzing jobs, breaking them down into their component tasks and organizing the work process accordingly to the most effective and time efficient methods, overall production could be greatly increased. This is laudable from the point of view of profit. Scientific principles dictate it is more efficient to embed the skills in the productive process itself. The skill should be reflected in the design of the system not any individual. This will make workers expendable and replaceable. In this system anyone can (with

a little training) do almost any job. This makes the individual a replaceable part in the machine of production. If an individual has to think about doing something, ‘it’s too late’, it should already be done. Daniel G McNamara 1964 - Present Daniel G McNamara has learned the lessons and tasted the rewards of efficient movement coupled with good organisation over many years during a varied and active career. He became involved in large infrastructural projects in a management role which was outside the normal parameters of his expertise. However due to his unwavering interest in achieving the maximum for the minimum he elevated standards and broke all performance records while consistently and substantially out performing many individuals with vastly more experience. These feats were achieved while his workforce remained fresh and motivated in a controlled and safe environment. Therefore Daniel is highly qualified to comment on issues related to time and motion studies.

McNamara’s four principles of efficient movement applicable to landscape construction 1. To motivate an employee to perform well we (the employer) must give them what they want to get what we want. 2. Work should be so routine that a worker doesn’t have to think about it. 3. Working into low energy can actually make a workforce accomplish ‘less’ than if they rested. Work hours should be fixed to ensure standards are maintained, to overwork the workforce is counterproductive; fatigue will de-motivate, reduce production and affect quality of product. 4. To ensure contentment in the workforce ‘all’ individuals should be treated as equals and have a two way communication with management. Try, Apply, Fly Although landscape construction can never be as controlled an environment as a factory floor, huge improvements can

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be made to existing efficiency levels by adopting some or all of Taylor’s principles. Current Middle Eastern site production is ‘far below’ what is actually possible even when factoring in the abilities of the available personnel. People go about their work in habitual ways without stopping to think about it systematically or analytically. This is also true of management. Efficiency means greater production with less effort and at less cost, through the elimination of unnecessary waste in the form of inefficient human movement, delayed material allocation and incorrect tool/ machinery selection. It is an inescapable fact that substantial gains can be made ‘especially’ when factoring in the standard of the existing workforce. In this system the lower the skill levels of the workforce the greater the gain. To automate a system of construction would actually simplify tasks which have to be performed, thus reducing the skill requirement. Implement, Automate, Motivate Implementation should begin with the ‘automation’ of the individual. Each worker should be given specific or various tasks to match their level of experience or skill which they shall do repetitively. Each worker should be fully aware of expectations in relation to their performance. For instance in the McDonalds fast food chain which has adopted ‘the principles of scientific management’, every worker in their restaurants has been trained to do a limited number of tasks to gain the efficiency of the whole company including foremen and supervisors. The management having correctly assessed the optimum system

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from their experience then trained their workforce in exactly the same way to share their knowledge and skills. By ensuring tasks are done correctly, managers can guarantee economic work and impose their control. When perfected they expanded the system. Once the correct formula had been established it was relatively simple to replicate. I think we can all agree on the consistency and success they have achieved over a long period. The system basically works because everyone has a job to do and a fixed amount of time to do it. If one individual is slowing down the overall progress of the team it will become immediately apparent where the fault lies. This places personal accountability on each individual to perform. Walk, Talk, Stalk Returning to landscaping, this type of automation means that thinking is largely removed from the equation for the average worker and the workforce should become much more consistent in their approach. Through training and repetition the quality of movement will improve, ultimately this improvement will lead to energy being better utilized. Management must be ‘mindful’ and play a vital role in setting up and monitoring the system to ensure maximum benefit. Mindfulness is a practice to gain awareness in the present moment which means being ‘switched on’ to developments as they occur and to immediately respond with precise, clear instructions to ensure the evolution of the system is not sidetracked. If individuals are trained ‘incorrectly’ they must be ‘untrained’ and ‘retrained’ which wastes

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time and resources. It is better to ‘do it right’ first time. A small amount of selective input can contribute to a much greater amount of output. Managers must be forward in communicating their observations to the workforce with consistent clarity. Managing should be systematic in its approach to the degree that it is a further extension of the efficient process. However being switched on to developments is in direct contrast to the lesson they are attempting to teach. For this reason it is important that these (managing) individuals are chosen carefully. It is essential to extend automation to encompass every activity at site including and especially ‘the allocation of materials’. If one part of the system breaks down or is neglected it will throw a proverbial spanner in the works. This will lead to a chain reaction which may affect all the processes of construction and ultimately cost production. Slice, Dice The various stages of construction should be kept separate and operatives should not be requested to do work which is below their capabilities or what they are not familiar with. This garners and builds respect. Work should be implemented by completing one phase of construction before beginning another. For example: all groundwork’s, excavations, backfilling, grading and levelling including roadbase placement and compaction should be completed in its entirety ‘before’ the Masons, Carpenters and finishers arrive at site. This procedure will ensure continuity of work and a safer working environment. It is also equally important however that ‘all’ materials have been procured and delivered to site prior to the arrival of the trades people.


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Assess, Hire, Inspire Once the system is in place and controlled ‘rigidly’ production should increase. However patience and perseverance may be required at first until everyone understands exactly what they must do and what is being asked of them. It has also been concluded during previous “time and motion” studies that certain people can work more efficiently than others. These are the people whom managers should seek to hire where possible. Therefore, selecting the right people for the job is another important part of workplace efficiency. After some time the workers will realise that they are actually expending ‘less’ energy while producing ‘more’. Making people work as hard as they can is not as efficient as optimizing the way work is done. Fatigue predisposes the workers for the decrease of productivity and work quality. Therefore the task of management should be to determine the best way for the worker to do the job while conserving energy and to provide the proper tools and training along with incentives for good performance. A fair bonus system should be put in place

in the form of monetary benefit or reduced working time (job on knock) to ‘reward’ workers for their successful efforts and ensure a continuation of ‘high’ production levels. This benefit will motivate each worker from ‘within’ and make the task of monitoring proceedings much simpler. If an individual is not performing it will be apparent and indicate he is letting his work colleagues down. This would again be a further incentive to perform. Once the workforce becomes familiar with the routine and become continually aware of ‘what comes next’ production should increase dramatically. Plan, Man, Expand It will then (after the initial setup period) be relatively simple to expand the workforce using this method, by adding one or two workers at a time so not to affect production, quality and efficiency of the overall group. As new workers are introduced more established members can be moved to set up a ‘new team’. This system can work extremely well with a relatively unskilled or young workforce as long as there are initially a few individuals with sufficient experience to ensure the overall task is completed properly. Summary Ultimately no system is without flaws but with due diligence and sustained effort marked improvement can be achieved to such an extent that significantly more work can be completed with a smaller workforce (lean production). Managers should not just think ‘outside the box’ they should think ‘there is no box’ and facilitate conditions which assist in creating individuals that work less but accomplish more. It should also be mentioned in the intervening period since ‘The Principles of Scientific Management’ was first

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published significant advancements have been made in the development of machinery specifically of benefit to the landscape industry. This machinery should be reviewed and the possibilities considered and implemented where suitable. This would further reduce the requirement for manual labour with all associated costs. Individuals educated in this system (should they be a manager or lower level employee) will be more sought after ‘and rewarded’ than their un-assimilated counterparts, so everyone benefits. When Dr. Frederick Winslow Taylor first introduced his ‘scientific management principles’ to the world, this is exactly what he had in mind.

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Envisioned as a dynamic urban space, the garden runs in undulating lines of different textures and colors and moves in time with the seasons. Its lush planting cascades down as though the garden was flowing or melting, bleeding the

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colours into each other. In one gesture, it narrates a story of landscape taking over and expanding over the public space and architecture, therefore transforming the way that the stairs and the space is perceived and read by the user.

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The complex is located in the heart of a wide clearing, lined by a dense forest and protected by pines and red cedars standing at 20 to 30 meters tall with clear views of the Atlas Mountains. Our architectural ambition is to reveal the intrinsic qualities of the site, its real endemic identity. This ‘Genius Loci’ is reached by sculpturing the relief of the landscape with a 30 % slope on the one hand, and by forging the wood as a unique material of the construction on the other hand. The project is meant to be intimate and stealthy, to offer better its inhabitants a real protective case, in the heart of preserved nature.

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Contrary to the urban skyscraper, we thus came to scratch this forest earth, to draw in it an elegant crescent moon beaming and offering incredible panoramic views toward the nature. This bioclimatic crescent moon shelters the program of the complex and is partly coiled in the ground. Indeed, the natural slope of the ground comes to cover it with a wide green roof. This only appears in the landscape as a slender and reddening hull in red cedar, inscribed in a perfect circle rooting it confidentially in the site.

In daylight, the living rooms of these wooden chalets have a raised axis that points towards the North of the Atlas Mountain range. At night, rooms and shower-rooms are directed to an open-air internal patio in the shape of lens. In this quiet and brightened up patio, sheltering

the swimming pool, we find the friendly atmosphere of the Moroccan riad, an oasis of freshness and well-being. Along the South profile of the patio, a vegetable waterfall grows on a huge “ moucharabié “ and allows to split the noble

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The VIP chalet is situated in the axis of the crescent moon and eight family chalets spread on both sides of it, according to a radial road organization. Assuming the guiding arc of a circle of the project, these chalets with passive energy are chanted by luxuriant gardens, real alcoves of floral fragrances.

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Our will is to conceive a determinedly ecological building presenting a zero carbon footprint, whilst maintaining the forest ecosystem in which it will be built. The principles of “passive”

parts of the complex of the logistic spaces of services, intended for companions, guards and servants. The Majlis, cornerstone of the complex, appearing as a rough diamond cut in facets, is implanted on the green roof, in the axis of the crescent moon.

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said natural bio-air conditioning were so joined from the conception of the project “Red Moon”. Furthermore, the complex is implemented by the ingenious and invisible integration of renewable energies, such as thermal


solar energy, photovoltaic solar energy and the geothermic system. Natural resources of this King’s Forest, the pine and the red cedar will be reinvented in all their forms and assemblies, with the best carpenters and manufacturers, to profile the sensual banks of this crescent moon marrying perfectly the curves of the landscape. The skeleton will be realized with glue laminated wood, allowing a freedom of forms in the double curvatures. Our architecture, using the earth of the clearing and the wood, which grows in the forest as building materials, will be consequently 100 % ecological, respecting the ‘cradle to cradle’ cycles where any used material will be recycled and/or recyclable. Einwood ad july 15 copy.pdf

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Canadian wells will naturally ventilate the presidential complex. This geothermal system will indeed allow to cool the internal atmospheres in summer and to warm them in winter, by taking advantage of frigories and calories of the ground. Strips of amorphous photovoltaic sensors will be glued on the convex outer fields of small wooden strips recovering all the

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hull of the project. These brown solar cells will become confused with the color of the wood of the skeleton, but they will supply, nevertheless, in the 9 chalets, all the electricity necessary for their smooth running. Between these wooden arcs, photo-catalytic tubes can also be integrated to supply the sanitary hot water. The green roof will constitute as a natural case for the fauna and the flora of this Moroccan biodiversity, while insuring an excellent heat and acoustic insulation. To finish, the integration of the main access road in the complex is itself sober and discreet too. This one dives into the leveled topography of the ground to disappear and innervate the crescent moon by its median line, all along a rangy luminous fault. RED MOON is thus a project ecoconceived from the immanent natural resources of King’s Forest. It is an architecture of silence that prefers to adapt itself to the geography of the site rather than to upset it. It is a real project of sublimation of the nature, in the service of well-being and relaxation of the VIP inhabitants and their guests!

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New Project

Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre Residence Expansion Project

Carrying out expansion of the Pullman Deira City Centre Residence.

Majid Al-Futtaim Properties (Dubai)

UAE

N/A

N/A

40000000 

New Project

Abraj Kudai Mixed-use Towers Project

Construction of Abraj Kudai mixed-use towers comprising a total of (12) buildings ranging in height from 30-45 storeys.

Ministry of Finance (Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Arabia

Riyadh National Aquarium Project - King Abdullah Financial District

Construction of Riyadh National Aquarium.

Arriyadh Development Authority (Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Arabia

n-Butanol Plant Project - Jubail Industrial City

Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to build an n-butanol plant with capacity of 300,000 tonnes a year at an Industrial City.

Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company (Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Arabia

Fluid Catalytic Cracking Manufacturing Plant Project – Kizad

Construction of a fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) manufacturing plant in an industrial zone.

Al Dahra Agriculture Company (Abu Dhabi)

Sitra Petrochemical Complex Expansion Project

Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to build a new ammonia plant, a granular urea plant and a urea granulation unit with total production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes, as part of a petrochemical complex expansion project.

Ethylene Oxide Reactors Replacement Project Amman - Zarqa Bus Network Project

Project Name

Dar Al Handasah (Shair & Partners) - Saudi Arabia Cambridge Seven Associates Inc. (USA)

Saudi Binladin Group (Saudi Arabia)

Current Project

N/A

N/A

New Project

N/A

Daelim Industrial Company (Saudi Arabia)

295000000 

Current Project

UAE

N/A

Grace Catalyst Technologies (Dubai)

200000000 

Current Project

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company B.S.C (Bahrain)

Bahrain

N/A

N/A

Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract for the replacement of existing ethylene oxide reactors at four petrochemical plants.

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

Saudi Arabia

N/A

N/A

260000000 

New Project

Construction of a bus network connecting Amman to Zarqa.

Ministry of Transport (Jordan)

Jordan

N/A

N/A

N/A

New Project

Carrying out modernisation of signalling systems on the Cairo - Alexandria rail network.

Egyptian National Railways Authority

Egypt

N/A

Thales Group (France)

140000000 

Current Project

Construction of Batinah expressway Package 4

Ministry of Transport & Communications (Oman)

Oman

N/A

Larsen & Toubro (Oman) L.L.C

355000000 

Current Project

Infectious Disease Hospital Project

Construction of Infectious Disease Hospital comprising (420) beds, including a car park with capacity to accommodate (563) vehicles and associated facilities.

Ministry of Health (Kuwait)

Kuwait

Inco-Lab (Kuwait)

N/A

200000000 

New Project

Aldara Hospital & Medical Centre Project

Construction of six-storey Aldara Hospital & Medical Centre covering a total built-up area of 107,000 square metres.

Aldara Medical Corporation (Saudi Arabia)

Saudi Arabia

N/A

Arabtec Construction L.L.C (Saudi Arabia)

110000000 

Current Project

Refining Units Construction - Clean Fuels Project

Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning (EPCC) contract to build new refining units, as part of the Clean Fuels Project.

Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Kuwait

N/A

Daelim Industrial Company (Kuwait)

200000000 

Current Project

New Production Facilities Construction Project Majnoon Oil Field Suez Canal Fuel Terminal Project

Construction of new production facilities at Majnoon Oil Field.

Shell Group (Netherlands)

Iraq

N/A

Wood Group (UK)

N/A

Current Project

Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build a fuel terminal at Suez Canal.

Port Said Port Authority (Egypt)

Egypt

N/A

N/A

435000000 

New Project

Crude Oil Export Pipeline Project-3

Design, Procurement, Construction, Operation and Maintenance of a crude oil export pipeline with capacity of 1 million barrels a day.

State Company for Oil Projects - SCOP (Iraq)

Iraq

SNC-Lavalin Inc. (Canada)

N/A

10000000000 

New Project

Main High Voltage Substations Project Bahsas, Ashrafieh & Beirut

Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build 220kV main high voltage substations.

Electricite du Liban (Lebanon)

Lebanon

N/A

MATELEC S.A.L. (Lebanon)

108000000 

Current Project

High-Voltage Substations Project - Abu Shagara, Al Khan & Maweleah

Supply and installation of (3 Nos.) 132kV/ 33kV/11kV high-voltage substations.

Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority (SEWA)

UAE

N/A

Siemens L.L.C. (Abu Dhabi)

N/A

Current Project

Signalling Systems Modernisation Project - Cairo - Alexandria Rail Network Batinah Expressway Construction Project Package 4

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