Calendar of Events

Fri 03.16.2012

Building ANew: Noor Theatre Presents A Reading of Short Plays by Award-Winning Middle Eastern Playwrights

When: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM FRIDAY, MARCH 16

Where: At The Center   

Noor Theatre and The Center for Architecture present an evening of new work by accomplished playwrights of Middle Eastern descent. From the broad to the specific, from the global to the personal, these dramatic snapshots explore the implications of planning new buildings, erecting walls and adapting to changing landscapes. Noor Theatre commissioned short plays and monologues exclusively for this event from such exciting emerging writers as Jacob Kader, Ismail Khalidi, Mona Mansour, Tala Manassah, Daria Polatin, Najla Said, Sam Neave, and Heather Raffo. The evening will be directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh.

Performers include stars of television, stage and film.

Cost: $5 for AIA members and students; $10 for non-members.

Organized by Noor Theatre.

Photo credit: Nabih Mansour - Lebanon, 1968

A program of the exhibitions Change: Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East, 2000-Present and City of Mirages: Baghdad, 1952-1982 on view at the Center for Architecture.

The presentation of these exhibitions at the Center for Architecture is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors:


Lead Sponsor:

Eytan Kaufman Design and Development

Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Dewan Architects & Engineers
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
NAGA Architects
Ramla Benaissa Architects
RBSD Architects
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
World Monuments Fund


Opening Reception
Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 6-9pm

Change in the Middle East: Preserving the Past, Inventing the Future
Saturday, February 25, 2012, 11am-5pm

LIVE FEED: Middle East Collaborations 2005-2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 6-8pm

Culture and Climate: Contemporary Architectural Responses in the Middle East
Thursday, March 1, 2012, 6-8pm

Guided Exhibition Tour @theCenter
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 6-7:30pm

Iraqi Culture Pre- and Post- Invasion: From Secular to Sectarian
Thursday, March 15, 2012, 6-8pm

Building ANew: Noor Theatre Presents A Reading of Short Plays by Award-Winning Middle Eastern Playwrights
Friday, March 16, 2012, 7pm

Faster and Bigger: Building in the Middle East
Monday, April 2, 2012, 6-8pm

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Practice in the Middle East
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 8-9:30am

Architecture in Baghdad, Then and Now
Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 6-8pm

The National Mosque of Baghdad Competition: A Conversation Between Denise Scott Brown, Renata Holod and Frederic Schwartz
Friday, May 4, 2012, 6-8pm

Fridays throughout the exhibition duration starting at 6:30pm
February 24, 2012: About Baghdad (2004) - Q&A with Iraqi poet and writer Sinan Antoon and Pedro Azara, curator of Baghdad, 1952-1982
March 2, 2012: Nice Bombs (2006)
March 9, 2012: Son of Babylon (2010)
March 23, 2012: Daily Baghdad (2004)
April 13, 2012: 16 Hours in Baghdad (2004) - Q&A with Iraqi actor Abbas Noori Abbood



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