3 Ways That California Needs to Learn From Saudi Arabia Before It's Too Late

It’s the drought but it’s not just the drought: California is currently facing unprecedented environmental challenges. It might not seem like they have a lot in common, but Saudi Arabia can teach California how to deal with its current water, energy, and transportation crises. Because, in a way, looking at Saudi… »9/15/15 7:50pm9/15/15 7:50pm


This Is A Fully Armed F-15SA, The Most Advanced Production Eagle Ever

The F-15SA is the most advanced production F-15 Eagle ever built. Saudi Arabia ordered 84 new build F-15SAs and close to 70 kits to upgrade their existing F-15S fleet to the SA configuration. Just one part of this upgrade is the activation of Eagle’s outboard wing stores stations, which will expand the jet’s already… »7/05/15 1:30pm7/05/15 1:30pm

Saudi Arabia Is Building a 600-Mile Wall Along the Iraq Border

Saudi Arabia is building great wall — or rather, a great chainlink fence with razor wire — to "protect against ISIS" in Iraq. And it's not the only country investing in very expensive walls right now, even though they probably won't work. Why? Because walls aren't just about security. They're also powerful symbols. »2/11/15 1:00pm2/11/15 1:00pm

They're Finally Building the World's New Tallest Tower

For three years, the fate of Saudi Arabia's Kingdom Tower has hung in the balance. Originally conceived in the heady days of the 2000s, the project has gone through multiple delays and redesigns since 2008. Now, its final iteration—at one kilometer tall—finally been given a start-date for construction. »3/24/14 3:40pm3/24/14 3:40pm

How the Persian Gulf Is Quietly Building a Railroad Empire

Here in the U.S., the arrival of a new tunnel boring machine is huge news, warranting naming ceremonies and Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, in Doha, officials have quietly signed a contract to buy fifteen boring machines to build a sprawling new subway system. And that's nothing compared to the massive transit network… »3/17/14 10:00am3/17/14 10:00am

No, this is not a production still from Bio-Dome: Saudi Arabia, it's a rendering for the King Abdull

No, this is not a production still from Bio-Dome: Saudi Arabia, it's a rendering for the King Abdullah International Gardens in Riyadh. Barton Willmore International designed the crescent-shaped complex which will recreate animal and plant habitats from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods—in the middle of the desert. [ »3/13/14 3:30pm3/13/14 3:30pm

A Cruise Ship In The Desert? Zaha’s Next Project

Zaha Hadid Architects' proposal for a new intermodal transit station for the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, at first glance looks something like a cruise ship with a sharp prow cutting through the desert. This was part of the inspiration, as the sine waves that roll across the façade and organize the interior are… »5/17/13 2:57pm5/17/13 2:57pm