Theme Week Bahrain – Central Business District Manama

26 January 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Bahrain World Trade Center © - Allan Donque/cc-by-2.0

Bahrain World Trade Center © – Allan Donque/cc-by-2.0

The Central Business District (CBD) is located in central Manama, the capital of Bahrain. Many of the city’s hotels, office buildings, shops and restaurants are located in the CBD. It lies along the northern coast of Manama. The CBD is considered one of the best shopping areas in the city; it has the Manama Souq (market, in Arabic), located near the Bab Al Bahrain (the Gateway of Bahrain). The old souq has a variety of goods, from spices, condiments, textiles, electronics to jewelry.   read more…

Colosseum and Trajan’s Market and Forum – What can we learn?

27 November 2010 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Intelligent Buildings Reading Time:  15 minutes

Rome Marts © seier+seier+seier

Rome Marts © seier+seier+seier

Everyone knows it, even if the personal or private vocational orientation have nothing to do with the construction industry. Looking at this part of the history of public and commercial architecture and the resulting economic use, then these two building complexes were to some extent “The invention of the wheel.” Since then planners and architects are trying to reinvent this wheel again and again – with more or less success. Of course, there always have been results of progress and development of building materials to set new milestones, but really new developments weren’t given since. This is partly in the nature of the building and construction business: A building structure remain a building structure and have to follow structural requirements, which in turn follows the laws of gravity. On the other hand the results of the much-vaunted “think outside the box” quote are sometimes not only surprising, but simply led by misled passion.   read more…

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