Monthly science column

Ancient Arabic architecture may be answer to coping with hot climate

Marilyne Andersen - The National (UAE) - Sun, 06/09/2013
When we think of mashrabiya, the elaborately designed screens used in traditional Arabic architecture, modernity is not the first thing that springs to mind. But like other traditional architectural solutions, mashrabiya could help us develop more su... Read
Monthly science column

A solar sandwich for 21st century buildings

Thomas Keller - The National (UAE) - Sun, 04/14/2013
Imagine a building that, like a plant, uses its entire surface to capture sunlight and convert it into energy. It’s not an average rectangular building with black solar panels jutting out from the roof; instead, picture an aesthetic, organic st... Read
Monthly science column

Trick is to get light just right for our health - and wealth

Franco Vigliotti - The National (UAE) - Sun, 09/16/2012
Biologists, light physicists and architects are collaborating to make your day at the office less of a drag. As the relentless desert sun beats on the façades of UAE skyscrapers, millions of dirhams are spent to keep office workers cool...... Read