Dubai’s First Architecture Festival is Set to Take Place in November 2020

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Dubai Design District (d3) has announced the dates for the inaugural d3 Architecture Festival in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects Gulf Chapter (RIBA Gulf Chapter).

The emirate’s first architecture festival will kick off with an opening reception at Building 6, d3, on 11th November and until 13th November 2020. The dates will see it run concurrently with Dubai Design Week (9th – 14th November), which is also held under the patronage of HH Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.

Curated with Juan Roldan, Associate Professor in the College of Architecture, Art & Design at the American University of Sharjah under the theme ‘Identity, Context and Placemaking in the Gulf’, the d3 Architecture Festival 2020 will celebrate the achievements of architecture companies in d3, Dubai and the wider GCC region.

As well as showcasing landmark regional architectural projects, the event will host a series of talks inviting designers, architects and the general public to participate in a dialogue to steer the Middle East towards a more sustainable future.

Speaking about the new festival, Khadija Al Bastaki, executive director of d3, comments: “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. While offering a platform for critical reflection on social, cultural and economic issues, [the festival] 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.”

As a home to over 50 leading local and international architecture practices such as Foster + Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, and Benoy, d3’s business partners have designed some of the UAE’s most impressive projects to date, such as The Opus, Zayed National Museum and the falcon-shaped UAE National Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, envisioned by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Alongside awe-inspiring, large-scale projects, d3’s architectural business partners have delivered acclaimed boutique developments such as KOA Canvas by T.Zed Architects.

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.”

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