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Collaboration yields good design!

Posted on October 24, 2016 by


Our Principal, Haris Koentjoro delivered a lecture at ITB (Institut Teknologi Bandung) in Indonesia last month “Collaboration in a Flat World.” His presentation centered on our strong history of working in Indonesia beginning with our internship program with ITB and continuing with strategic alliance with Alami Group.

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Fulton Market Nears Completion!

Posted on September 13, 2016 by

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Located at 11 Fulton Street in the historic South Street Seaport district of Lower Manhattan, our project site was home to the Fulton Fish Market which operated from 1822 to the 1930s. The site owner, Howard Hughes Corporation, decided to renovate the property after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which is when iPic was first alerted to the site.

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Design Award for Grand Kamala Lagoon

Posted on July 8, 2016 by


Judges for the 2016 Gold Nugget Awards have named DDG’s Grand Kamala Lagoon (Bekasi, Indonesia) as an Award of Merit winner in its annual competition, which honors architectural design and planning excellence and draws entries from throughout the United States and internationally. DDG earned the Merit honors for Grand Kamala Lagoon in the Future Projects – Commercial + Residential category. Winners this year were chosen from over 600 entries from around the world. Haris Koentjoro, DDG Principal and Project Manager for Grand Kamala, attended the awards ceremony in San Francisco last week.

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Mall of Istanbul wins 2016 ICSC European Shopping Centre Award!

Posted on May 10, 2016 by


We are honored to share that Mall of Istanbul – a dynamic mixed-use development in Istanbul, Turkey, designed by DDG – has earned the Design Award for New Developments – Large/Extra Large ICSC at this year’s ICSC-European Design & Development Awards.

This is the 40th anniversary of the Awards which ICSC presents to the best retail developments in Europe. ICSC inspects and assesses in detail each center during on-site visits by a jury comprised of senior international industry figures. The six various category ICSC European Shopping Centre Award Winners were selected from 12 finalists representing ten countries across Europe. Announcing the winners, the ICSC jury chair, Joao Correia de Sampaio noted, “These projects are remarkable not only for their interior and exterior design and innovative architectural features but also for their well-planned tenant-mix and for their commercial and economic success.”

Mall of Istanbul, a 3.8-million-square-foot project multi-use development features distinctive retail, residential and office components, as well as a high-rise hotel and a 15-screen cinema, all literally and figuratively focused around a spectacular central entertainment component. Four adjacent residential towers stand atop landscaped podiums, which connect to the green roof of the mall proper via a series of pedestrian skybridges. Aesthetically and architecturally, the Mall of Istanbul draws its foundational inspiration from the varied layers of culture, design, history, forms, symbols, mosaics, materials and unique places and spaces that have evolved over the centuries in this unique Eurasian metropolis. The Mall of Istanbul complex aspires to become the place to shop, live, work, stay and be entertained—to enjoy and celebrate the unique heritage of this world-class city.

Congratulations to everyone on the DDG team who made Mall of Istanbul – and the ICSC Award – a reality!

Metland Visit

Posted on April 26, 2016 by


DDG was excited to host our long time client, Metropolitan Land also known as Metland, last week. The group, which was visiting United States, came for multi-day workshop to our studio in Baltimore for an intimate look at how we work and to discuss several current projects, Metland Cyber City, Metland Grand Apartments, and the long anticipated Metropolitan Mall Cileungsi which is scheduled for a soft opening in just a few weeks. Metropolitan Mall Cileungsi is the next installment in the Grand Metropolitan Mall brand.

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Emrah Elban joins DDG

Posted on April 8, 2016 by


We are happy to announce the addition of Emrah T. Elban to the DDG team as Director of Business Development for Russia | CIS.

Emrah brings an extensive marketing and business development experience throughout Russia and the CIS countries to our DDG family. His past experience includes Commercial Director for Trader Media East in Moscow; Sales and Marketing Director of Mobilera for Russia, Kazakhstan and Georgia; and the Regional Development Director at Fintur Holdings BV/Kcell in Kazakhstan.

“Given his vast knowledge of the market, we are looking forward to Emrah playing a key role in helping us expand our service offering to that area of the world” says DDG CEO and President Tony van Vliet. “We anticipate doing great things together.”

Join us in welcoming Emrah to DDG!


Мы рады сообщить вам о присоединении господина Эмраха Т. Элбана к команде DDG в качестве Директора по развитию бизнеса по России и СНГ.

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A City Built for Innovation

Posted on March 15, 2016 by


By Brennan Murray

During my recent trip to Dubai for a meeting about a new living community project in Saudi Arabia, I took a moment to reflect on what makes Dubai unique.

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Indonesia Week Recap

Posted on February 24, 2016 by


Earlier this month, our team had whirl wind trip to Indonesia. More than 15 meetings with many existing and potential clients over the course of a week. It’s hard to believe our first project in Indonesia in 1990 was Pondok Indah Mall 1. Our 25-year history of working in the region enabled us to design such award-winning, genre-defining projects like Pondok Indah Mall 1, 2, 3, Pondok CityWalk, Pondok Indah Hotel and Residences, and Pondok Street Gallery; Golf View Terraces; Grand Metropolitan; Citraland Grogol aka Hotel Ciputra; and most recently Bintaro Jaya Xchange.

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DDG Wins Eskinoz Valley Design Competition

Posted on February 1, 2016 by

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We are proud to announce that our master plan design for the 171-hectare Eskinoz Valley Recreation Park in Bahçeşehir, Istanbul, Turkey has won an international design competition.

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Fontanar Centro Comercial Grand Opening

Posted on October 28, 2015 by


Senior Project Designer and Principal, George Black, attended the recent Grand Opening of Fontanar Centro Comercial in Chia, Colombia, a suburb city to Bogotá. On 14 October 2015, the scheduled events held concurrently throughout the mall gave proof that the grand spaces we designed were well situated within the retail plan and were ideal for hosting a wide variety and scale of future promotions and events.

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