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February 5, 2011

Kuwait Opera House

Kuwait is planning on investing in culture and the government has announced that it will be building eight new theaters as part of its economic development plan. It is great news indeed. Kuwait lacks good, modern, and sophisticated theaters. The government also announced that it…
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January 24, 2011

Kuwait 2030: Traffic Sanity

For males in Kuwait, traffic accidents are the┬ásecond leading cause of death (after heart disease) with about 40 deaths per 100,000. For women, the number is much less at 8 deaths per 100,000. Something is very wrong with that number and it scares the hell…
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January 18, 2011

Collaborative Consumption

A beautiful presentation by Rachel Botsman about the rise of collaborative consumption and how technology is bringing us back to the ideas of sharing and trust. She covers the same ground as Clay Shirky and others but the presentation is too good to pass up.…
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OtherUrban
December 19, 2010

Average Speed Camera Network

It seems that the pilot project in First Ring Road (seen in the image below) was successful. I'm sure you've all seen the cameras that apparently don't do anything. They are average speed cameras. Don't worry, they haven't been issuing fines yet (though they will…
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October 24, 2010

What if?

What would happen if it costs 18KD to fill up your SUV? Would your life be ruined? I don't think so. What will happen is that you will adjust your lifestyle to meet this new reality. You might reconsider buying a new SUV, and maybe…
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October 17, 2010

Twitter

re:kuwait is now on Twitter. You can follow me by clicking on the link in the sidebar. The most recent tweets will be on there as well. I'm not sure how it will be used eventually, but it seems like a great tool for quick…
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August 28, 2010

Gray Water Ablution

The topic of tonight's episode of the brilliant MBC show 'khawatir' was about water conservation. They showed how much water was being wasted during ablution. Changing attitudes towards consumption would be great, but to push this even further we need to reuse the water that…
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EducationOther
August 3, 2010

Khaldiya/Adailiya Bridge

I was recently invited at Kuwait University to see the work of a studio researching 'sustainability' and solar design. They were attempting to manipulate microclimates through architecture to create livable and comfortable outdoor spaces from a site they picked around Khaldiya campus. I was glad…
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ArchitectureEducationOtherUrban
May 22, 2010

Al-Hamra Tower

Here is a documentary about the tallest sculpted tower in the world, which is the Hamra Tower. It is an interesting documentary and very informative. I thought of sharing it here since I've noticed that not a lot of people have seen it on youtube.…
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May 1, 2010

Event: Pecha Kucha #5

What is it? PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring…
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