Dubai Design District launches Dubai’s first festival of architecture

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Ahost of big names have already confirmed for Dubai’s very first architecture festival.

d3 Architecture Festival is to be held with support from Royal Institute of British Architects Gulf Chapter (RIBA Gulf Chapter).

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The three-day event is to run from November 11th-13th November alongside Dubai Design Week and aims to showcase local and international architectural talent

Dubai’s inaugural architecture festival seeks to “encourage dialogue on identity, context, placemaking in GCC region,” says organisers and establish the emirate’s first platform to showcase regional architecture, urbanism and sustainable development.

Juan Roldan, associate professor at the College of Architecture, Art & Design at the American University of Sharjah, will curate the festival under the theme ‘Identity, Context and Placemaking in the Gulf.’

Showcasing landmark regional architectural projects, the event will host a series of talks to steer the Middle East towards a more sustainable future, and invite designers, architects and the general public to participate in daily workshops.

Khadija Al Bastaki, executive director of d3, said: “Dubai has long been known as an architectural playground and the emirate’s limitless ambition has found expression in its ever-evolving skyline. As we carry on the process of rebuilding in the post-COVID-19 world, our relationship with the built and natural world has never been more important.

“In line with this priority, and recognising that d3 has become a hub for the Middle East’s architecture community, we’re delighted to announce the launch of the d3 Architecture Festival 2020 in partnership with RIBA Gulf Chapter.

“While offering a platform for critical reflection on social, cultural and economic issues, it will also provide opportunities for new talent and bring the design community together to champion Dubai and the UAE as a hub for knowledge, creativity and innovation.”

RIBA Gulf Chapter chair and managing partner of AMA, Andy Shaw, adds: “The past six months have shown us all how important the cities and buildings we build for ourselves are, and how we must come together and move forward.

“Architects have the skills to craft beautiful spaces that can be sustainable and innovative as Gulf countries look forward to how the future could be. The RIBA Gulf Chapter’s goals are well aligned with d3 and make for a great partnership for this new festival.”

Already confirmed as taking part are AGi Architects, ANARCHITECT, Binchy and Binchy Architecture, Dabbagh Architects, Design and More, Dorsch Gruppe, Foster+Partners, Heriot-Watt University Dubai, Killa Design, Koichi Takada Architects, Nyxo Visionary Design, OFFICE. Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Pace, RMJM, RSP, T.ZED Architects, UNStudio, Verform, waiwai, Woods Bagot and Zaha Hadid Architects.