Architecture and Representation: the Arab City

Columbia Global Centers | Middle East

The second iteration of “Architecture and Representation: the Arab City” took place at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) on campus in November 2014, with leading architects, historians, and theorists from across the region and the world. The conference was spearheaded by GSAPP’s newly appointed dean, Amale Andraos, and Studio-X Amman Lab Curator, Nora Akawi.

The first iteration of the conference was held at the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East in fall 2013 with speakers from Al Ain, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Jerusalem, and New York.

The November conference keynote was delivered by Timothy Mitchell, William Ransford Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and Africa Studies and Professor of International and Public Affairs, and Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University. Opening remarks were delivered by Professor Safwan M. Masri, Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University, and Director of the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East.

The conference was organized by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and Studio-X Amman Lab, in partnership with Columbia Global Centers | Middle East and Studio-X Istanbul. The event is co-sponsored by the Middle East Institute at Columbia University and Qatar Foundation.

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