Revealed is a 16-day architecture and design exhibition organised jointly by Qanat Al Qasba and the School of Architecture and Design at the American University of Sharjah. By bringing together the graduates and prospective employers, ...

By Lubna Al-midfa (Staff Reporter)

Published: Wed 22 Jun 2005, 12:17 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:20 PM

the students are given the chance whereby their creativity and talent can be showcased on a more prominent platform.

Chairperson of the Qanat Al-Qasba Development Authority Shaikha Bodour Sultan Al Qasimi says, “While assimilating western influences, our practice of architecture and design has always represented the region's cultural values and individualistic identity. With these works, we will provide opportunities to graduating students to showcase their innovative and creative designs to a multinational community.”

The exhibition is an accumulation of all the work put together by the students in the past four years from the architecture department as well as the multimedia design department and the visual communications department. At the exhibition you will see students' proposals for change in areas such as the down town Sharjah Harbour while others are called in- fill projects where proposals for the addition of buildings are made in areas such as down town Dubai.

Dean of the school of architecture and design, Dr Faith A Rifki says, “The philosophy of the school of Architecture and design is based on the premise that good design results from a combination of three major elements: a deep understanding of culture, ethical engagement in society, and respect or the creative skills needed to establish a sustainable built environment.”

Mariam Fahim, leader of the arts at the Qasba explained, “Even though the project only took shape recently, it is significant to establish it on an annual basis.” Professor Mark Bentington from the American University says, “We have universities to effect change, educating a market not just feeding a market; elevating the status of design.”

Pointing out the project's commitment to the community by creating a smooth transition for graduates to a professional life, Daniel During, managing partner of Thomas Klein International, said, “Following on from the successful projects that we have supported, we are honoured to launch this exhibition and we will endeavour to promote awareness on issues related to the community and the built environment.” Open to the public, the exhibition will continue until Monday July 5, 2005. It is open from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and 3pm to 10pm on Fridays.

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