Architecture engages a culture’s deepest social values and expresses them in material, aesthetic form.
Mapping Production is a week long Program being held from 10th – 18th June 2017 at Alserkal Avenue. ARCHITECTEM is invested in delivering academically driven Programs to the architecture and design community with the aim of enriching the Architectural fabric of Dubai.
Drawing inspiration from Al Quoz, the Mapping Production Program is composed of two parts:
a.Dialogues Series, and
b. Mapping Workshop.
Mapping Production will be a ground for research, learning, networking and mentoring between academics and students from different architecture programs, and professionally practicing architects in the UAE. We are especially interested in the observations and dialogue that will arise within and from the workshop.
As part of ARCHITECTEM Programming focused on increasing scholarship in collaboration with academic institutions, Sara M. Anwar presented the second lecture of Killed by the Architects* series on 27th February 2017 at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Pakistan. The first lecture was held at the American University in Dubai.
*This itinerant and iterant dialogue series evolves and is contextualised with every rendition.
The Lecture derives it title from a message that appears in a gaming console. ‘Killed by the Architects’ is a reference to having lost a life in the game due to a ‘fall or the wall’. In other words, due to the designed conditions. Expanding on this understanding of Architecture as sequence of environments, the talk explores layers of experiences.
The architect after visiting a place, observing and recording it, can unfold it to another verbally, visually or by way of translation. Through the construct of Narratives, the lecture investigates boundaries, events and dynamics activated by the discipline. For this iteration, slides from the local context of Karachi punctuate the existing narrative traveling the axis from the Duomo to Castello Sforzesco in Milan. Stories of the rhythms of resilience start a dialogue with the politics of order and the gaze.
Any form of augmentation of the individual intellect would immediately result in the augmentation of the collective one
The Dialogue between ARCHITECTEM and Yasser Elshestawy [Curator UAE National Pavilion for the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale and ARCHITECTEM Advisor] was an organic extension of our aim to activate Academic Architectural discourse within the UAE. The Dialogue took place on 8th October 2016, as part of the Nadi Al Quoz Speaker Series at Alserkal Avenue.