It would be remiss of me if I didn’t open this issue by firstly saying a huge thank you to everyone that came out to Fabric at the end of March for our big [d]arc awards party. It was so great to finally get back to hosting a physical awards party, and amazing to see so many of you in the flesh again. A big shout out also to the design teams behind each of the nine light installations dotted around the venue on the night – these looked incredible and once again helped to make it a special night out. Finally a huge congratulations to all of our awards winners as well. Every year we’re bowled over by the calibre of entries that we receive and this year was obviously no different, so hats off to each and every category winner. You can find out more about each of the winners in an in-depth round-up of the awards later in this issue.
It’s disappointing to have to bring up a negative from the night, but I was incredibly saddened to hear of one guest in particular behaving inappropriately towards one of the women in attendance. We at [d]arc media always want our events to be fun, welcoming, and most importantly, safe spaces for all attendees, so we are obviously appalled by such behaviour. While in recent issues we’ve talked at length about allyship, privilege, equality and inclusion, it is clear that to a select few, the message still isn’t getting through. So we will clearly have to shout louder and do more to call out this unacceptable behaviour when we see it.
Moving onto this issue of the magazine: as you’ll see from our beautiful cover, we were granted an inside look at the Museum of the Future – Dubai’s latest architectural spectacle. Opened earlier this year, the museum has been gaining plaudits for its ultra-modern appearance, so it was fascinating to speak to Killa Design and Buro Happold and find out more about how this marvel was brought to life. As the arc team will shortly be heading off to Ras Al Khaimah for the second edition of [d]arc sessions, I’m hopeful that I will have enough time to stop off in Dubai and see the building in person!
As a big fan of the NFL, I was also very excited to speak to Lam Partners about their work on the amazing SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, which played host to the Super Bowl this February. You can read all about this in our façade lighting focus, starting on page 58.
Enjoy the issue!