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Mon 04.02.2012

Faster and Bigger: Building in the Middle East


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM MONDAY, APRIL 2

Where: At The Center   

The age of oil in the Gulf countries has prompted rapid development in the Middle East—new high-rise cityscapes built in record time in the Arabian Desert: Dubai, Riyadh, Doha, and Abu Dhabi. Now more than ever, architects working in the Middle East are being challenged to think outside of the box to push the limits of project size and pace. What are the ramifications to the design process during this high speed of construction, for example, site excavation during the schematic design phase? How does the political climate affect the speeding up and slowing down of projects? Panelists will address the pace of development in the Middle East, with a philosophical question of how architecture is impacted working faster and building bigger.

Scott Duncan, AIA, LEED, Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Sudhir Jambhekar, FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE
Roger Nickells, B.Eng (Hons), C.Eng, MICE, Partner and Managing Director for the Middle East, Buro Happold

Hassan Radoine
, Head of the Architectural Engineering Department at the College of Engineering, University of Sharjah, UAE

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

FamilyDay@theCenter: New Architecture in the Middle East
Saturday, April 14, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM or 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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

Guided Exhibition Tour of CHANGE and City of Mirages
Friday, May 4, 2012, 12-1pm

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

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

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

Exploring the Built Environment: Architecture in the Middle East
Free Gallery Program for School Groups (Grades K-12)
Available select Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from March - May 2012


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