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Ahmed and Rashid bin Shabib

Dubai’s first man-made island (1974) Reima & Raili Pietilä

Series: New Canonical Histories
Date: Thursday 30 January 2020
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 41 mins

The story begins with a competition in 1974 for the redevelopment of Dubai’s commercial centre, Deira, made possible by the recent discovery of oil. The Pietiläs proposal for the 5km coastline, which would use the main Khor Dubai creek as a waterway, along with the dredging of inlets to form lagoons and arteries, was based on the Grand Canal in Venice.

Ahmed and Rashid bin Shabib are both urbanists, and have tasked themselves over the last 10 years with advancing the urban identity of the contemporary Middle East.

As cities continuously take precedence in global economic and social development, cities in the Arab World play a pivotal role in translating and transmitting its hinter and urban regional scapes globally.
Their projects respond to this through three key disciplines; Research, Education, and Urbanism.As a result, both Ahmed & Rashid have been recognized for doing this through their nomination for the Agha Khan awards for architecture in 2010, 2018. They both are graduates from the University of Oxford in Urbanism.

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The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

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