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Sat 02.25.2012

Change in the Middle East: Preserving the Past, Inventing the Future


When: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25

Where: At The Center   

While the Middle East is a depository of rich historical and archeological heritage from many great civilizations, the region is inventing its future through a new generation of architecture and engineering. Speakers will address the range of current architectural production in the Middle East, from preservation of ancient heritage, to new forms in super tall towers, museums, universities and mega cities.


Jill Lerner, FAIA, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, President-Elect, AIANY

Moderator: Michael Luongo, journalist

Panel 1: “Preserving the Past”

Dr. Suad Amiry, Founder and Khaldun Bshara, Acting Executive Director, Riwaq
to discuss Riwaq Palestinian projects

Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, World Monuments Fund
to discuss projects in Syria, Egypt, and Iraq (Babylon)

“The Middle East Now” – Case Study
Mohamed Al Assam, Chairman/Managing Director, Dewan Architects and Engineers, Abu Dhabi
to show the variety of typologies in current work under development in the Middle East

Panel 2: “Inventing the Future”

Prof. Shams Eldien Naga, Principal, NAGA, Dubai
to discuss tall buildings and mega projects in the Middle East

Anthony Fieldman, AIA LEED AP, Design Principal, Perkins+Will
to discuss university development in the Middle East at Kuwait University

Brian Wait, Partner, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, and Partner in Charge of the Qatar Museum
to discuss the role of the museum in the future image of the Middle East

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

Organized by the Center for Architecture.

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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