Mapping Production : : ARCHITECTEM Summer Program

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.

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OMA lands in Dubai with Concrete


Earlier this week, OMA designed Concrete, opened its doors at Alserkal Avenue, in Dubai. A beautifully balanced symphony of monochrome textures, deep colors and translucent screens. Featuring circular ceiling tracks and movable panels – all elements to choreograph a dynamic space for performance and display. The inaugural exhibition, “Syria: Into the Light” showcased a collection based on the theme of ‘Portraits and Figures’.

ARCHITECTEM was at the opening reception, capturing details and embedded events within Concrete, its conversation with the art, the visitors and its context. 

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Downtown Design – Dubai Design Week

The Middle East’s only quality-driven design trade fair is set to return for its fourth edition during Dubai Design Week this October (25-28).  Bringing together over 100 brands from 25 countries, the event has become an important fixture in the design calendar for both international brands and buyers from the MENASA region and will once again be held at the Dubai Design District (d3), the creative heart of the city.

As a platform for the design industry in the region, d3 is proud to support Downtown Design.  Design is at the centre of the new vision of Dubai and, as a catalyst event, Downtown Design is part of that journey towards achieving global recognition as a leading creative hub, whilst also supporting d3’s goal of becoming the home for design brands both regionally and internationally.

Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi, Chief Operating Officer, Dubai Design District

Featuring furniture, lighting, bathrooms, kitchens, textiles and accessories, the fair presents an opportunity to discover new launches and fresh talent across all categories.

Taking a wider scope, the fair also hosts Design Weeks from around the world; each of which bring a co-curated presentation of three emerging design brands that offer visitors the chance to discover products they would not ordinarily encounter at the big shows. The popular initiative, entitled ‘Destinations’, this year brings Addis Ababa, Barcelona, Beirut, Reykjavik and Taiwan Design Weeks to Dubai.

For more information about Downtown Design and its exhibitors, please visit,  

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Global Grad Show – Dubai Design Week 2016

On its second year, the Global Grad Show is opening in Dubai on October 24-29, 2016 attracting an unprecedented number of student innovators exhibiting their unique designs.

The show returns with 145 projects from 50 leading global universities, representing an almost three-fold increase in participation over last year and, for the first time, includes schools from the region. The growing interest in exhibiting one-of-a-kind designs aimed at improving and transforming lives is evident this year in response to the call for ideas with distinct ability to create real possibilities and lasting impact on the world.

We are seeing the future now. This year’s designs could be the solution to some of the pressing problems that the world is facing. The Global Grad Show is providing the platform for graduate students to introduce their brilliant thought-provoking designs to a wider audience. We encourage leaders and decision-makers to take part and see the myriad of possibilities and new ways of thinking to transform lives.

Brendan McGetrick, Global Grad Show Curator.

Global Grad Show is part of the Dubai Design Week happening at Building 6 of Dubai Design District (d3) on 24-29 October 2016. Dubai Design Week is one of the world’s newest and most ambitious international design events, conceived to shine a spotlight on Dubai as a leading design hub, and share the UAE’s thriving design scene with the world at large.

In Dubai’s collaborative spirit, and as a reflection of the city’s global outlook, its design week is both regional and international in scope, encompasses public and private spheres, culture, education and entertainment, and spans multiple disciplines, ranging from graphic and product design to architecture and industrial design. Panels, keynote speeches, panel discussions, public performances and educational workshops all contribute to the greater discussion of what design means for the region and the world.

Alongside the exhibition, which is free to attend for the public, the designers of all the projects, along with representatives from each participating university, will meet for what will become the world’s most diverse design education summit.

Click here for event details.

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Royal College of Art: RCA Secret Dubai 2016

Back by popular demand, RCA Secret Dubai – Dubai’s edition of the Royal College of Art’s anonymous art exhibition and sale – returns to Art Dubai this year and is held in partnership with Alserkal Avenue. For the first time, the sale will take place across two key locations during Art Week.

The 2016 RCA Secret Dubai will feature 1,000 original post-card size artworks displayed for sale at Art Dubai and Alserkal Avenue. The anonymous collection is created and donated by regionally and internationally acclaimed artists and designers, plus alumni from the Royal College of Art in London. All proceeds support the university’s scholarship fund to support art students at a formative time in their careers.

The exhibition opens to buyers at Alserkal Avenue on Monday 14 March and at Art Dubai on Thursday 17 March. We recommend coming along early to snap up the cards you love.

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Design Days Dubai


Design Days Dubai presents limited edition modern and contemporary design pieces from the world’s established and emerging galleries and design talent, alongside a public programme of special projects, talks, workshops and guided tours allowing visitors to discover, engage with and acquire the works on display.

Now in its fifth edition, Design Days Dubai is the first design fair of its kind in the Middle East, bringing the most exclusive selection of purchasable, limited-edition design to the region. A showcase of desirable, rare and unique design creations, Design Days Dubai will be held from March 14-18, 2016, to coincide with Art Week, the city’s premier art event.

Retaining its position as the world’s most diverse design fair, Design Days Dubai brings together world-leading design galleries welcoming annual returning galleries Carpenters Workshop Gallery (UK/France/USA), Victor Hunt designArt Dealers (Belgium), Art Factum (Lebanon) and Gallery S. Bensimon (France) and newcomers J.C.T Haute Couture Interiors (France), Camp Design Gallery (Italy), Barcelona Design Gallery (Spain) and Dutch Creative Industry (The Netherlands). Exhibitors from a total of 19 countries.

For its fifth installment, the fair continues to promote the Middle Eastern design industry through exhibiting a record number of design galleries and studios based in the Emirates, GCC and wider MENASA region. These include the first participation of Monogram and M.A.D Gallery (both Dubai), Samovar and Loulwa Al-Radwan (both Kuwait), Vick Vanlian and Georges Amatoury Studio (both Lebanon), Kalo (UAE) and Aisha Al-Sowaidi (Qatar).

As a notable symbol of the growth and maturity of the design landscape in the UAE and beyond, additional strong regional representation can be seen through the number of returning exhibitors: 1971 Design Space, Aljoud Lootah, Cities, Fatima bint Mohamed bin Zayed Initiative, Fadi Sarriedine, Nakkash Gallery, Shamsa Alabbar and Tashkeel, all based in the Emirates, along with Coalesce (Pakistan), Naqsh Collective (Jordan) and Squad Design (Lebanon).

Other highlights of the 2016 programme will include an exhibition of design from the UAE, ‘WASL, celebrating Design Days Dubai’s 5-year legacy and commitment to supporting and nurturing local and regional design talent; whilst initiatives in partnership with Van Cleef & Arpels (the fourth edition of Van Cleef & Arpel’s Middle East Emergent Designer Prize), art and design organisaton Tashkeel (the third season of Tashkeel’s successful design programme), Dubai Culture and d3 (Urban Commissions competition) focus on a brand new generation of UAE- based designers.

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What not to miss: Design Days Dubai 2016


Design Days Dubai is one of the leading design fairs in the Middle East dedicated to collectible and limited edition furniture and design objects. Along with featuring international designers, galleries, and upcoming designers from around the world it also presents a series of workshops, installations and talks. ARCHITECTEM was at the VIP opening today and we have rounded up a short list of not to be missed highlights of the fair:

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