A Gulf Abridged

In 2016, Kuwait participated in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia with a pavilion titled Between East and West: A Gulf. The pavilion, commissioned by the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL), looked beyond the shores of the Kuwait and argued in favor of a masterplan for a united Gulf. By presenting the untold history of the Gulf and proposing an alternate future with contributions from young architectural practices, the Kuwait pavilion shone a light on the 300 islands of the region and the possibilities they hold for an alternate future.

On January 14, 2017, the NCCAL hosted a symposium with the goal of continuing the discussion which began in Venice. The day long event, scheduled from 10am to 5pm, featured presentations from the Kuwait Pavilion team in addtition to talks given by the contributing authors and designers. An exhbition of submitted work accompanied the event.

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Exhibition done in collaboration with Mai Al Busairi - Parallel Studio.

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Symposium Schedule

10:00 am - 10:15 am | Opening Remarks

Zahra Ali Baba

10:20 am - 10:40 am | Pavilion Overview

Hamed Bukhamseen, Ali Karimi

10:45 am - 11:25 am | Presenting Pavilion Research

Graphic Design - Fahad Alhunaif
Island Histories - Saphiya Abu Al-Maati
Gulf Mapping - Nada Al Qallaf
Pavilion Design - Yousef Awaad Hussein

11:30 am - 12:45 pm | Presentation of Written Contributions

Noor Boushehri
Rand Abdul Jabbar
Fatma Al Sahlawi
Abdulatif Al Mishari

Conversation with Muneerah Alrabe

1:00 pm - 2:30pm | Lunch Break

2:30 pm - 4:45 pm | Presentation of Design Contributions

Studio Bound
Design Earth
AGi Architects
ESAS Architects

Panel Discussion

Closing Remarks