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 some of the most renowned world-famous architects such as OMA, Foster+Partners, Santiago Calatrava, SOM, Zaha Hadid Architects, Atkins and so forth. Those projects aim at a radical change of the urban landscape, attempting to reconnect a built environment today fragmented by the bursting expansion of recent times.
This book presents the outcomes of the 1st International Workshop “Dubai Pop-Up: Architecture in a Transient City” organized in March 2017 at d3-Dubai Design District by Al Ghurair University in collaboration with other international academic partners. Local students of architecture worked together with students coming from an international background, in order to foster a shared design vision through a collective cultural growth and reciprocal awareness.
The participants had the opportunity to visit both recent accomplished buildings and projects under construction, confronting themselves with the local context in a dynamic and stimulating environment. The workshop fostered collaboration among international partners, increasing reciprocal cultural exchanges, and benefiting of lectures and
contributions by some of the most prominent figures of the international scene of architectural design, based or active in the Gulf region.
The participating academic institutions led by the College of Architecture and Design of Al Ghurair University in Dubai included the University of Palermo (Italy), the University of Cagliari (Italy), the University of Valladolid (Spain), the University of Zaragoza (Spain), the University of Burgos (Spain), and the University of Seville (Spain).