Compasses quarterly magazine was founded in Dubai in 2007 by a team of design and architecture fans - not architects! - who intended to spread in the world from the Emirates, the heart of the Middle East, the amazing and innovative changes which were happening in this part of the world.
Compasses Architecture Design was originally intended to become a unique showcase of Middle Eastern continuous transformation into a charming, dynamic and contradictory anthropized environment. In its pages you could appreciate how new trends in urban planning, architecture and design were moving from the worlds historicaltrends setter capitalslike Milan, London, Paris and New York, to Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Manama and Kuwait City.
The founders noted that in this part of the planet there was very little attention to professional communication and decided to introduce the first B2B quarterly magazine in the Middle Eastern world with the attempt to stimulate the professional readers imagination and curiosity on themes that are not always noted or evident, encouraging a continuous exchange between the origin of things and their projection in the future.
The founders introduced not a 'simple ' magazine, not a commercial magazine, not a periodical mag but what can be better defined as a 'technical trendy book a 'cool magazine' where a selection of projects, ideas and innovations from the world are published – where architects from the UAE and the GCC countries can find the perfect Media for those living and working in a developing area with a view to the future and with a strong influence from both Europe and the rest of the world.
Compasses was immediately appreciated as a knowledgeable magazine. In the first issue there was an inaugural dedication from the archistar Massimiliano Fuksas, in the second volume, Compasses was the first magazine in the world to publish Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi and the history continued in 28 volumes where top Middle Eastern projects and design innovations and were presented together projects arriving from Europe, America, Far East. Compasses published Ideas, gave space to possible future plans and to the latest trends.
Also the scientific directors were recognized as either trend setters like Cherubino Gambardella, or top reviewers like Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi and more recently has taken the helm a professor of architectural conservation at the University of Naples Federico II like Andrea Pane.
Compasses, after first years of growth it slowly transformed itself into a media platform of contents and ideas targeting architects, interior designers, consultants, traders, design and architecture addicts and VIPs. The evolving story of Compasses sees in 2018 a new strategy. Compasses is now willing to cover more global themes as the Middle East is part of a global trend but the center of the evolving design and architecture world is dynamic with many hubs from East to West and North to South. We will slowly start a global distribution which effects will be partly visible in 2019.