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Aga Khan Award for Architecture trophies lined up in preparation for the prize-giving ceremony to begin.
Aga Khan Award for Architecture trophies lined up in preparation for the prize-giving ceremony to begin.
From Calgary to Kazan: An architect's journey
From Calgary to Kazan: An architect's journey
24 November 2019

As I prepare to leave for Kazan to attend the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, I feel somewhat stunned by the immense privilege of being part of such a unique event set to take place in such a magnificent city...

Calligraphy bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad, in traditional Thuluth script. The pattern is thought to be inspired by a 19th century disc from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Calligraphy bearing the name of Prophet Muhammad, in traditional Thuluth script. The pattern is thought to be inspired by a 19th century disc from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Milad-un-Nabi
Milad-un-Nabi
7 November 2019

This week, Muslims around the world commemorate Milad-un-Nabi, literally meaning the “birth of the Prophet.” Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) was born in Mecca in the year 570 CE and grew up to be a respected merchant, known for his honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. At the age of 40, he received his first revelation from Allah, marking the commencement of his mission as Allah's last and final messenger.

Mental health conditions often go undetected and unreported, as people can be reluctant to seek assistance.
Mental health conditions often go undetected and unreported, as people can be reluctant to seek assistance.
World Mental Health Day: Recognising the importance of sound mind
World Mental Health Day: Recognising the importance of sound mind
9 October 2019

Mental health is similar to physical health — everybody has it and should take care of it. When we reflect about our health in general, it is important to include the health of our minds as well as the health of our bodies in our thinking, plans, and conversations. On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, 10 October, we reflect on the importance of sound mind and a dignified quality of life.

While each of the industrial revolutions were significant in their own right, Industry 4.0 is seen as more profoundly impacting human life, blurring the lines between physical, digital, and biological.
While each of the industrial revolutions were significant in their own right, Industry 4.0 is seen as more profoundly impacting human life, blurring the lines between physical, digital, and biological.
Industry 4.0 and future trends
Industry 4.0 and future trends
24 September 2019

It’s become an oft repeated cliché that we live in times of exponential change, driven by disruptive technologies, shifting global politics, changing human behaviour, and newly emerging social norms. And yet, as we enter the era of the fourth industrial revolution, we may be witnessing the greatest amount of change ever seen in a single human lifetime. 

Logical thinking, emotional intelligence, and adaptability to change can help prepare us for the technically advanced world of the future.
Logical thinking, emotional intelligence, and adaptability to change can help prepare us for the technically advanced world of the future.
The future of work: Three skills to acquire
The future of work: Three skills to acquire
29 August 2019

Due to advances in technology, the landscape of work and jobs has changed significantly in the last 30 years. Some industries have progressed rapidly, while others have declined, which has shifted and disrupted standards of living and career aspirations. As the relationship between virtual and real becomes ever more blurred, how can we prepare for the next 30 years?

Sleep is essentially our life support system, impacting all areas of the human condition, from mental health and physical activity, to nutrition and general wellbeing.
Sleep is essentially our life support system, impacting all areas of the human condition, from mental health and physical activity, to nutrition and general wellbeing.
The hidden power of sleep
The hidden power of sleep
8 August 2019

When was the last time you woke up feeling rested? If it takes a while to answer, this article is for you. Are you someone who checks their smartphone last thing at night, and first thing in the morning? Getting a regular good night’s sleep is a cornerstone of basic health, and essential to our long-term wellbeing. With some helpful tips, we can reverse unhealthy trends, and prioritise a restful routine.

Current social media practices are creating a generation dissatisfied with their own lifestyle while battling a ‘Fear of Missing Out.’
Current social media practices are creating a generation dissatisfied with their own lifestyle while battling a ‘Fear of Missing Out.’
If it isn’t on Instagram, did it happen?
If it isn’t on Instagram, did it happen?
7 August 2019

In October 2015, Essena O’Neill, a popular Instagram Influencer, deleted 2000 pictures from her profile in what appeared to be a crisis of conscience. Having counted over half a million followers, and living many young peoples’ dream life, she eventually came to realise that the so-called ‘real world’ was a better place to spend her time.

Research highlights that better wellbeing is directly correlated to increased productivity in workplaces, when integrated correctly.
Research highlights that better wellbeing is directly correlated to increased productivity in workplaces, when integrated correctly.
Integrating wellbeing into the workplace
Integrating wellbeing into the workplace
18 June 2019

Wellbeing impacts not just our personal comfort, health, and happiness; but also our work and working environment in a variety of ways. In fact, when levels of wellbeing in organisations increase; turnover, absenteeism, and presenteeism - showing up to work but not being productive - rates decrease significantly. 

When we access the Internet, on desktops, tablets, or smartphones, we may be at risk of fraudulent activity, which can present itself in a number of different ways.
When we access the Internet, on desktops, tablets, or smartphones, we may be at risk of fraudulent activity, which can present itself in a number of different ways.
Online fraud: Protecting yourself when using the Internet
Online fraud: Protecting yourself when using the Internet
25 May 2019

Earlier this month, a vulnerability in the popular messaging service WhatsApp was discovered, which allowed hackers to install spyware though a voice call. This illicit software was capable of accessing calls, texts, and other data; even activating the phone’s microphone and camera. WhatsApp’s owner, Facebook, released an update in response, but it was already too late for some.

Mental health can be defined as ‘a state of wellbeing in which an individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.’
Mental health can be defined as ‘a state of wellbeing in which an individual realises their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community.’
Have you thought about your mental health?
Have you thought about your mental health?
12 May 2019

Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week in the United Kingdom, while May represents Mental Health Month in the United States. The occasion provides an ideal opportunity to ask and understand what mental health actually is, and to explore some of the existing perceptions around it. 

It is possible to coexist in a healthy way in both actual and virtual communities so long as balance is maintained and lines of communication remain open.
It is possible to coexist in a healthy way in both actual and virtual communities so long as balance is maintained and lines of communication remain open.
Coexisting in two worlds: Young people and the Internet
Coexisting in two worlds: Young people and the Internet
24 March 2019

In today’s age, children are born into the world and in many cases the first thing they are exposed to by their parents is a smartphone to capture and share their newborn images. This is often an indication of things to come, where electronic devices become a consistent part of their lives. The presence of such devices mean that children are going online at a younger age, but what implications could this have?

In this age of constant connectivity, there is both an expectation and perhaps a desire to always be contactable, in a plethora of ways.
In this age of constant connectivity, there is both an expectation and perhaps a desire to always be contactable, in a plethora of ways.
Are you ‘connected’? The Internet and its potential impact on health
Are you ‘connected’? The Internet and its potential impact on health
26 February 2019

It is estimated that at the end of 2018, 51.2 per cent of the global population, or 3.9 billion people, were using the Internet. While the Internet has brought about many positive changes, there have also been some undesirable effects of its growth and increased usage.

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