With local figures such as Emirati commentator and patron Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi offering Sharjah Architecture tours for Art Dubai 2017 and creating a dedicated Instagram account, or 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale UAE Pavilion curator Yasser Elsheshtawy championing the unique architectural development of the United Arab Emirates, it should come as no surprise that Sharjah has just announced the development of a new initiative dedicated to architecture.
The Sharjah Architecture Triennial, under the chairmanship of Sheikh Khalid Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, will examine and explore the evolution of Sharjah architecture. Positioned as the first architecture event in the MENA region, it will incorporate “exhibitions, competitions, conferences and publications that will serve as a platform for debate and the dissemination of architecture and urban challenges, targeting the general public, the professionals and the decision makers,” posted Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi, president and director of Sharjah Art Foundation, on Wednesday morning.
“The programme will produce research in the field of architecture and urbanism, and reflect on how research and practice in architecture mutually shape one another,” said Sheikh Khalid Bin Sultan Al Qasimi in a statement, underlining the importance of initiative in supporting the Sharjah Development Plan, which endeavours to provide an integrated, coherent spatial framework for the city.
While further details e yet to be released, the event promises to improve awareness of Emirati architecture, increase motivation to actively preserve UAE landmarks for their architectural value as well as cultural memory, and draw industry figures to the Emirate to build relationships with academic and public institutions to contribute to contemporary urbanisation and architectural discourse.