II International Workshop “Torwards Dubai 2020, Architecture in a Transient City”


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Dubai is a fascinating young city projected to the future. Its skyline offers nowadays a wide panorama of architectural works, from hi-scale landscape interventions to small size projects, designed by the most renowned world-famous architects such as Rem Koolhaas, Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, SOM, Zaha Hadid, Atkins and so forth.

Those projects are radically transforming the urban landscape, attempting to reconnect a built environment today fragmented by the bursting expansion of the recent times. The participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to visit both recent accomplished buildings and projects under construction, confronting themselves with the local context in a dynamic and stimulating environment.

Students of architecture coming from an international context will work together with local students of the Bachelor in Architecture of Al Ghurair University in Dubai, in order to foster a shared design vision through a collective cultural growth and reciprocal awareness.

The workshop will promote collaboration among international partners, increasing reciprocal cultural exchanges, and will benefit of lectures and contributions by some of the most prominent figures of the international context of architecture and design, based and active in the Gulf region.

The Workshop is promoted by international universities led by the College of Design of Al Ghurair University in Dubai (UAE), Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and Sapienza University of Rome (Italy).


The workshop goal is to find appropriate solutions to reconnect the fragments of the city’s fabric, solving the contradictions generated by the current urban sprawl caused by the rapid and uncontrolled recent growth.

Projects proposals should attempt to fill the urban voids, providing suitable functions able to meet the citizens’ nowadays neglected needs. In a city in constant transformation, the proposed interventions will be aimed at the recovery and reappropriation of public space, a basic need of citizens, nowadays forgotten in many of Dubai’s areas. These new projects will be able to reconnect the fragmented city’s fabric, transforming void plots, currently unused or used as parking, into dynamic common spaces to enrich the urban life of the neighborhood and their citizens.

Teams of students will design a set of common facilities to be situated in a selection of different urban contexts, chosen amongst some of the most stimulating locations placed on the old part of Dubai such us Shingdagha, Bur Dubai or Al Mankhool.


Friday, November 3rd | Ibis Deira Hotel
13:00 Welcome & Registration
14:00-20:00 Tour to Downtown/DIFC/Trade Center
20:30 Opening Dinner in Deira
 Saturday, November 4th | d3
11:00-11:15 Presentation: Coordinators with d3 and DDFC
11:15-12:00 Lecture by Roxy Binno | Dubai Municipality
12:00-13:30 Introduction to Workshop Themes
14:00-20:00 Tour to Bur Dubai/Shindagha
 Sunday, November 5th | d3
9:00-14:00 Site visit with tutors
14:30-18:30 Workshop
18:30-20:00 Lecture by B.Villanueva + F.Casas | bRijUNi Architects
Monday, November 6th | d3
10:00-11:00 Lecture by Cristiano Luchetti | AUS
11:00-17:30 Workshop
17:30-18:00 Review Work In-Progress
18:00-19:30 Lecture by Dara Towhidi | Foster+Partners
Tuesday, November 7th | d3
9:00-12:30 Visit to Burj Al Arab/Dubai Marina/Alserkal Avenue
12:30-14:00 Visit the instalation “While we Wait”with AAU ANASTAS
14:30-18:00 Workshop
18:00-18:30 Review Work In-Progress
18:30-20:00 Lecture by George Katodrytis | AUS
Wednesday, November 8th | d3
9:00-18:00 Workshop
18:00-18:30 Review Work In-Progress
18:30-20:00 Lecture by Luca Vigliero | Perkins+Will
Thursday, November 9th | d3
9:00-18:00 Workshop
18:00-18:30 Review Work In-Progress
18:30-20:00 Lecture by Tariq Khayya | Zaha Hadid Architects
Friday, November 10th | d3
9:00-20:00 Workshop
20:00-20:30 Review Work In-Progress
Saturday, November 11th | d3
10:00-13:00 Final Jury
13:00-13:30 Conclusions & Closing Ceremony
15:00-18:00 Visit to Louvre Abu Dhabi | Ateliers Jean Nouvel
Monday, November 13th – Saturday, November 18th | AGU
17:00-20:00 Projects Exhibition “Dubai Design Week 2017”
Tuesday, April 17th – Sunday, April 22th | Milan Design Week 2018
Projects presentation at Politecnico di Milano (Italy)


Coord. Al Ghurair University: Tiziano Aglieri Rinella & Rubén García
Coord. Politecnico di Milano: Michele Ugolini  & Stefania Varvaro
Coord. Roma Sapienza: Pisana Posocco & Filippo Lambertucci
Tutors: Sara M. Anwar, Anna Cornaro, Amanzio Farris, Valerio de Divitiis,  Lavinia Dondi, Caterina Gallizioli, Greg Polvi and Francesca Sorcinelli.

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