Organised in partnership with Sharjah Directorate of Town Planning & Survey, and the College of Art, Architecture & Design at the American University of Sharjah, Sharjah Architecture Triennial will host its first public programme on 7 April. Held at the Maraya Art Centre in Sharjah, the panel discussion will address Gulf cities, shares senior programme manager Mahnaz Fancy.
Entitled Shifting Morphology of Gulf Cities, the panel will delve into urban development of cities in the Gulf region. Looking at the position of the coastal Khaleeji communities as trading hubs and ports with origins focused on pearl diving and fishing, the panel’s speakers will explore how these initial economies have transformed into urbanised centres and post-1970, have accelerated into the mega-cities now seen today. Outlining the factors that contributed to this evolution, the discussion will also consider the national housing programmes geared towards local populations which are moving increasingly inland as Gulf nations see the rise of expat communities, the effects of this shift, and what governments and individuals can do in response to this and the changing model of city design.
Speakers will include Khalid Bin Butti Al Muhairi, chairman of Sharjah Directorate of Town Planning & Survey; Hamed Bukhamseen, architect and educator at College of Architecture at Kuwait University and co-curator of Kuwaiti National Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale; Ali Karimi, architect and co-curator of the Kuwaiti National Pavilion; Varkii Pallathucheril, dean of the College of Architecture, Art & Design at the American University of Sharjah; Rafael Pizarro, associate professor at the American University of Sharjah; and Maysa Sabah, urban planner, housing specialist and advisor to the Affordable Housing Institute.
Shifting Morphology of Gulf Cities will be held at 4pm on 7 April at Maraya Art Centre, Al Qasba, Sharjah. Sharjaharchitecture.org