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Hidden Beauty: An exploration of Qatar’s native and naturalised flora


With a focus on quality and scientific precision, Hidden Beauty is the definitive guide of plants in Qatar. In addition to the high-quality images throughout, which facilitate the identification of plants, the detailed information has been edited and reviewed by leading global experts in Middle Eastern plants. This process has led, among others, to clarifying and rectifying past misidentifications, and to shedding light to 10 new species of plants newly recorded for Qatar. Targeting both professionals in the field as well as a general audience, the release of this title emphasises the need for environmental assessments at a national and regional level.

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Reframing Museums: A Louvre Abu Dhabi and NYU Abu Dhabi Symposium


Louvre Abu Dhabi and NYUAD – two major players in the world of art and culture – convened a joint symposium that brought together 73 experts, moderators and facilitators from across the globe. Building on the synergies and shared questions facing institutions across the humanities, these speakers and audiences explored what kind of museums we were building for the future and what role they could play in the next generations. This publication captures the essence of those fruitful discussions, shining a light on a museum’s role in this rapidly changing world as well as on its three traditional pillars of collection, people and building.

East Meets East: William Lim: The Essence of Asian Design


Exploring design works ranging from furniture and temporary art installations to interior design and architecture by CL3, founded by William Lim, and related studios Lim + Lu and Open UU, this book presents a fresh consideration of the essence of contemporary Asian design and how it has evolved over the past few decades. The projects selected share a sensitivity to Asian qualities: a deep appreciation of site and context, craft and design details, with imaginative architectural responses delivering a reinterpretation of cultural heritage and traditions. The book includes a contextual essay by Hong Kong-based architecture critic and author Catherine Shaw, a foreword by architecture and design curator Aric Chen, and a chapter dedicated to conversations on the modern interpretation of eastern aesthetics and the unique experience of designing for a new Asia between William Lim, Swedish museum director, art critic and writer Lars Nittve, and Shanghai-based architect Lyndon Neri. The projects are presented in a clear, vibrant graphic style designed by William Lim and artist and graphic designer Stanley Wong, aka anothermountainman, to evoke an Asian quality. Each chapter includes a text by William Lim and features original conceptual sketches, photographs, floor plans, and drawings.

 

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Rizzoli make beautiful books that are works of art in their own right. With active distribution networks in more than 70 countries across the globe, the sheer breadth of Rizzoli’s sales channels is matched only by its unrivalled production processes in Italy – the land that, since the Renaissance, has been crafting books on art. For more information on Rizzoli publications, please click here.

Reinventing Cultural Architecture: A Radical Vision by OPEN


Drawing on a series of conversations and site visits to six recent groundbreaking projects, architecture writer Catherine Shaw describes how Beijing-based OPEN Architecture is reinventing and responding to China s complex and fast-changing cultural landscape with projects that mark a new era for contemporary Chinese cultural architecture. OPEN Architecture was founded in New York in 2003 by Li Hu and Huang Wenjing, while their Beijing office opened in 2008. From a contemporary art gallery buried beneath a sand dune to a sculptural open-air theatre in a remote mountain valley near the Great Wall, co-founders Li Hu and Huang Wenjing re-evaluate conventional Western assumptions about culture and design as they base each pioneering project on the needs and plea-sures of humanity within the context of diverse terrains and climates. In doing so, they not only consider how cultural architecture looks, but how it works. Projects are presented with commentary and contextual information as well as new analyses and archival material, including outstanding colour photography, plans and drawings, and exploratory sketches. This book provides a fresh perspective on contemporary cultural architecture and place making, hig-lighting the architects sources of inspiration, their challenges, and their construction methods, showing how each impactful project responds to China s distinctive context.

 

ABOUT RIZZOLI INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Rizzoli make beautiful books that are works of art in their own right. With active distribution networks in more than 70 countries across the globe, the sheer breadth of Rizzoli’s sales channels is matched only by its unrivalled production processes in Italy – the land that, since the Renaissance, has been crafting books on art. For more information on Rizzoli publications, please click here.

Alan Chan: Collecting Inspiration for Design


This rare personal insight into the influences and inspirations behind acclaimed Hong Kong designer and collector Alan Chan gives an intimate view of the collection of objects he has fastidiously assembled throughout his life, and the creative process they have informed. The pioneering, award-winning, and self-taught designer is known for his inventive and innovative designs. Effectively organised by theme, from tea to dragons, and with an emphasis on objects produced for China Trade, many of the elegant pieces photographed for this book showcase Chan s insatiably inquiring mind. They offer insights into how his passion for collecting drives his characteristically whimsical signature take on East and West, tradition and innovation, where there is always a twist of the unexpected. Part autobiography, part reflection on creativity, it is full of insights into Chan s remarkable design process, making it a treat for the eyes and a valuable resource for new and established designers alike.

 

 

ABOUT RIZZOLI INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Rizzoli make beautiful books that are works of art in their own right. With active distribution networks in more than 70 countries across the globe, the sheer breadth of Rizzoli’s sales channels is matched only by its unrivalled production processes in Italy – the land that, since the Renaissance, has been crafting books on art. For more information on Rizzoli publications, please click here.

Building the Man, Building the Nation


To be Iraqi with Armenian roots, as is Samir Serope Daoud, author of this book, is not uncommon in Iraq’s complex demographic tapestry. Representing both national identities, Samir embodies many of the commonalities of ancestral Armenians and Iraqis today: memories of survival, the agony of displacement from one’s roots, the detachment from one’s culture and history while living in diaspora. At the pioneering Iraqi school, Baghdad College, the teenage Samir learned the tenets of humanity, the pursuit of excellence and a sense of compassion. This publication traces one man’s journey from a homeland that was once keen to nurture the nation builders of the future.

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C?N U FEEL IT


It is a truism to observe that a cascade of big issues now dominates our lives and our consciousness as global citizens. This publication reflects the zeitgeist of an era – from 9/11 to COVID-19 – and tells the story through the pithy language of a protestor’s placard, the kind seen bristling over the crowds at mass protests across the world. Bridging the divide between the street and the tweet, the artist Mukesh Shah paints a thousand pictures with his created slogans, proving the extent to which words are capable of conveying the dystopian reality of this age.

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Self-Portrait of My Consciousness


Using bold aphorisms as autobiography, this book tantalises readers with colourful fragments from the life and opinions of a highly successful businessman, drawing the audience in with observations on the breadth of human behaviour in response to intimacy and power. Ranging from family matters to moral quandaries and mordant political commentary, and illustrated throughout with carefully selected photographs, this volume of original thought in Russian and English – the third of its kind – features exceptional design and production values for a striking, relevant and truly high-quality reading experience.

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Unraveling Persuasion


Persuasion does not fit neatly into a category. It is baked into language, culture and notions of perception that have evolved over millennia and adapted to varying global contexts. It spans the purest of intents to the darkest depths of coercion and conspiracy, with differing connotations and levels of acceptance defining where one classification ends and another begins. Complex, multifaceted and contextualized, persuasion has many dimensions which overlap across a spectrum of theories and activities. This publication brings together voices and conversations from the UK, US, Qatar, Egypt, Greece, Belgium and Germany to reflect upon persuasion from a range of cultural and disciplinary perspectives. Interviews with leading academics explore the theories which underpin persuasion, while historians and creative practitioners explore its active application in publicity, advertising, typography, photography and design.

 

 

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Arabic edition

 

This is the fourth publication in the Voices and Conversations series of the Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar. With contributions from leading analysts and academics, this series explores and cross-examines the effects, opportunities and threats in a diverse number of areas.

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The NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery: 2014-2020


When New York University Abu Dhabi opened on Saadiyat Island in 2014, it also launched The NYUAD Art Gallery, a museum-format space for scholarly, experimental, and envelope-pushing exhibitions. It has since been recognized for its growing contribution to the UAE’s cultural landscape, as museums spring up around it, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2017, and more to come.

This dual-language English-Arabic publication tells the origin story of The NYUAD Art Gallery – the first of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula – giving voice to the founders and collaborators. Mariët Westermann writes about the role of exhibition-making and study of art in a university’s mission; H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh situates the arrival of The NYUAD Art Gallery in the history of the UAE’s cultural sector; while Maya Allison details the origins and development of the mission and vision for exhibition-making at NYU Abu Dhabi in the context of the UAE’s fast-changing cultural landscape.

With elegant cloth binding and slipcase, and extensive color images charting the timeline of exhibitions, this beautiful edition offers a retrospective of the Gallery’s exhibitions, book publications, and projects. Contributors include Sam Bardaouil, Guido Comis, Emily Doherty, Anthony Downey, Till Fellrath, Scott Fitzgerald, Bana Kattan, Salwa Mikdadi, H.E. Zaki Nusseibeh, Alistair Rider, Beatrix Ruf, Slavs and Tatars, and Mariët Westermann.

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