Compasses was immediately appreciated as a knowledgeable magazine. In the first issue there was an inaugural dedication form the archistar Massimiliano Fuksas, in the second volume, Compasses was the first magazine in the world to publish the Abu Dhabi White Mosque and the history continued in 22 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.
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. In this evolution process the magazine was first associated to a web portal, then to a Facebook page with more than 10.000 architects and designers as fans, to a periodical newsletter distributed to the Middle Eastern community, to a space within the top exhibitions of the Middle East where Compasses’ Friends can find the magazine and meet the publisher and the editors and, in the next months the IPAD version will be launched. So we are branding our platform into compassesworld.
The evolving story of Compasses sees in 2016 a new scientific director, Andrea Pane, who is professor of architectural conservation at the University of Naples Federico II. The new layout of the magazine keeps the former base enhancing the scientific contents with a specific section dedicated to longer articles as essays and papers regarding the main topic of each issue. Besides architecture and interior design, the new mag points out even planning and heritage issues, which are both topical in all the Middle East countries. The new editorial board is composed by many academics and professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, conservation, design, based both in UAE and Italy. The new editorial staff is composed of a team of young PhDs. New blood for new ideas to keep Compasses looking forward.