Architecture & Representation: The Arab City

Friday, November 21, 2014

Time: 9am - 7pm

Location: Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall. 

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Columbia University

Taking the 'Arab City' and 'Islamic Architecture' as sites of investigation, this symposium critically engages contemporary architectural and urban production in the Middle East in an effort to move beyond reductive notions of identity, myths of authenticity, the fetishizing of tradition, or the resilience of constructed oppositions between tradition and modernity. Through the careful reframing of the region's buildings, cities and landscapes, presentations will work towards a broadening of the architectural and urban canons with an emphasis on past intersections, contaminated models and hybrid conditions. 

Keynote by Timothy Mitchell.

Organized by Dean Amale Andraos and Nora Akawi, Studio-X Amman, with Columbia Global Centers | Middle East, Middle East Institute, and Studio-X Istanbul, with supporting partners Qatar Foundation and Aramex.