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Exploring Architectural Frontiers Contemporary Design in the Middle East

Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series

Lecture Date(s)

February 1, 2017 at 6pm

Speaker(s)

Dr. Hassan Radoine

Moderator(s)

Dean Akel I. Kahera

Language

English

Location

The Atrium at VCUarts Qatar

Acknowledgment

Qatar Foundation
Image caption: ©Dr. Hassan Radoine

The internationalist standardized vocabularies and forms of architecture plague all of the cities in the Middle East, with no consideration for their environmental, ecological, cultural, geographical or social settings. The rich architectural diversity and uniqueness of the region, which once offered the world architectural wonders, has frequently been substituted with monotonous designs.

Architecture in the Middle East is trapped between corrective measures of its own tradition, and imported forms. Therefore, the complexity and diversity of the region’s cultural and geographical environments require not only smart designs, but also ingrained knowledge in order to conceive comprehensively sustainable projects.

This lecture is about exploring architectural frontiers on how these environments to be comprehended, and about how contemporary design considers their contextual meanings. Dr. Hassan Radoine is an architecture curator, critic, educator, author and consultant. He is currently the Director of the École Nationale d Architecture (Morocco).

Biography

Dr. Hassan Radoine, Courtesy of Dr. Hassan Radoine

Dr. Hassan Radoine

Architecture curator and Writer

Hassan Radoine is an architecture curator, critic, educator, author and consultant. He is currently the Director of the École Nationale d Architecture (Morocco) from where he received his first architect diploma.

As a Fulbright Scholar, he completed an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned an M.Phil. from the University of Wales. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth College, University of Sharjah, Al Akhawayn University, and École Nationale d’Architecture, and worked as an expert for UNESCO, UN-Habitat, ICCROM, MCC, and the Aga Khan Award of Architecture.

He was also the curator of the Exhibition on Contemporary Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East organized by the Center of Architecture, American Institute of Architects (AIA), New York Chapter, 2012. His research and practice interest is architecture and urbanism in the MENA region. His coming book with Wiley International is entitled Architecture in Context: Designing in the Middle East.

Public Programming

Feb. 1, 2017 ― 6 to 7 PM

Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series: 'Exploring Architectural Frontiers Contemporary Design in the Middle East' by Dr. Hassan Radoine

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