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Pioneering 3D-Printed Mosque Unveiled In Jeddah

The Abdulaziz Abdullah Sharbatly mosque is constructed using cutting-edge technology and symbolizes Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.

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Although readers might be led to believe that 3D-printed architecture is a new concept, the technique actually traces its origins back over 80 years of theoretical design and 40 years of practical application. Initially employed for constructing cement-based structures, 3D printing has streamlined the process of laying down foundational bases for buildings from China to Europe and now to the Middle East.

Situated in Jeddah’s Al-Jawhara suburb, the 5,600-square-meter Abdulaziz Abdullah Sharbatly mosque is the first in the world to be created using 3D printing. Employing technology from renowned Chinese manufacturer Guanli, the religious building was commissioned by Saudi entrepreneur Wajnat Abdulwahed in memory of her late husband.

Built by Forsan Real Estate under Abdulwahed’s direction, the mosque is part of the National Housing Co.’s portfolio and was opened to the public amidst a gathering of Saudi business leaders and senior government officials.

The Abdulaziz Abdullah Sharbatly project aims to introduce modern built-environment technologies to Saudi Arabia, positioning the nation as an early adopter. Utilizing a 3D scanner and specialized Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, Guanli employed additive manufacturing to construct successive layers, significantly reducing material wastage compared to conventional techniques.

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During an interview with Arab News, Abdulwahed explained that the “design concept of the mosque was based on fostering a sense of tranquility among worshippers through the principle of gracious hospitality. The mosque’s design was centered within a circle that can be easily oriented towards the qibla. Attention was paid to the building’s mass and its relationship with natural light, the design of entrances and gates, and the exterior facades to reflect the architectural identity”.

The white facade of the mosque is flagged by distinctive towering minarets and complimented by an open-air outdoor courtyard, which allows a greater number of worshippers inside during busy times such as Friday prayers, taraweeh prayers in Ramadan, and Eid.

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Adobe Teases New AI Editing Tools And Updates In Premiere Pro

The video editing app will be enhanced with a generative extend tool, text-to-video, improved timeline waveforms, and more.

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After launching the generative AI model Firefly last year, Adobe is now showcasing how the technology will be used in upcoming versions of the editing app Premiere Pro. In an early sneak peek, the company demonstrated several new features, including Object Addition and Removal, Generative Extend, and Text to Video.

The first new feature, Generative Extend, targets a common video editing problem by using AI to “Seamlessly add frames to make clips longer, so it’s easier to perfectly time edits and add smooth transitions”.

Meanwhile, Premiere Pro’s Object Addition & Removal tool will leverage Firefly’s generative AI to “Simply select and track objects, then replace them. Remove unwanted items, change an actor’s wardrobe or quickly add set dressings such as a painting or photorealistic flowers on a desk,” Adobe states.

Adobe also showcased another new feature that can automatically generate new film clips using a text prompt. To use the content creation tool, editors can “Simply type text into a prompt or upload reference images. These clips can be used to ideate and create storyboards, or to create B-roll for augmenting live action footage,” Adobe explained. The company seems to be commercializing this particular feature extremely quickly, considering generative AI video only appeared a few months ago.

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The new additions to Premiere Pro will be added later this year, but Adobe is also introducing smaller improvements to the editing app in May. The changes include interactive fade handles to enable easier transitions, an Essential Sound badge that uses AI to “automatically tag audio clips as dialogue, music, sound effects or ambience, and add a new icon so editors get one-click, instant access to the right controls for the job”, along with effect badges and a new look for waveforms in the timeline.

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