Since the lockdown, we have been experiencing a significant change in how we use our cities and the public realm. Here in the UK, our spaces have become more human with fewer cars, more cycling in the cityscape, and cleaner air. In the past few weeks, we have practical...

October 18, 2019

How can our planning contribute to more inclusive cities?

"Inclusiveness in cities and urban areas is promoted when all city inhabitants enjoy their rights, have access to improved services in inclusive built environments and public spaces, and participate in social, ec...

December 28, 2018

"The development of intelligent 'smart" systems benefiting our society, cities and regions require decision-makers able to set priorities wisely, see the value of aligning the interests of individuals and businesses, and bridge gaps between people and between spaces. I...

June 23, 2018

While the international discourse mostly focusses on the 'Reconstruction of Syria' in physical terms, and many of the large construction companies look forward to a big turnover from building projects in this exhausted country, 'healing' should be the core of all inter...

December 3, 2017

Muscat is a fascinating city. As my airplane prepares for landing in the dark evening, the lit Muscat gradually comes to sight. How can the city tease me like that? Areas alternate between sparkling and complete darkness when mountains slide back and forth in the persp...

In the LSE event London Growth by Design on the 10th of July, London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan presented his vision for London and Londoners - Many Londoners have great expectations to this ambitious Mayor, in particular on the fronts of inclusiveness and housing. Affordable...

June 4, 2017

Architecture adds to happiness through engaging our senses and responding to diversity of needs and expressions as well as creating a stronger connection with the local context and heritage cultivating a sense of belonging and identity. Its power in stimulating a sense...

February 12, 2017

Nouha went on a field trip to India from the 10th-23rd of January 2017 looking for new inspiration as part of her Masters of Architecture course. 


"I could hardly contain my excitement as we landed in Delhi airport. India is amazing, everyone knows that – and I wa...

January 4, 2017

Dear colleagues and partners,

Happy New Year 2017!

2016 has been a great year for Platforms with several valuable collaborations around sustainable development with highly esteemed partners in the UK and internationally.

In prolongation with our earlier efforts in 2015, w...

Walking South from Hampstead in North London down Abbey Road, the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate appears as a dramatic concrete structure, a modernist post-war estate, most closely resembling a stadium from its back facade. It was an unforgettable experience to walk al...

August 9, 2016

I was really excited to attend this year’s Urban Sketchers Symposium in Manchester with some 500 other eager sketchers from all over the world. Having visited the city earlier while on the move, I was looking forward to experiencing the city observantly through urban s...

May 1, 2016

I was greatly happy to attend the two days conference on Smart Cities on the 26-27 April in London.

The conference gathered public officials, innovative businesses, representatives of international programmes and researchers from many countries.

The conference highlighte...

February 5, 2016

Recent planning debate and international and national development programmes have focused on Sustainability, Smartness and Resilience as separate targets and approaches. In popular culture and sometimes in practice, understanding of these notions has been even more red...

December 28, 2015

I would like to wish you a very happy and productive New Year.

For me 2015 has been special and intense: It has been a sad year seen the continuous heart-breaking news from my childhood country Syria. At the same time, it has been an exciting year as I established Platf...

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