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Shubbak presents: The Nomad – Traditional Arish architecture

© Dr Sandra Piesik, Construction of The Sabla in Al Ain, UAE.

Join Dubai-based designer Khalid Shafar and architect, author and researcher Dr Sandra Piesik for a panel discussion at Asia House that will focus on their interest in and inspiration from traditional Arish architecture.

Arish – palm-leaf architecture – is a unique indigenous building and craft tradition. Buildings made from the leaves of date palms have provided shelter from the extreme climate of the Arabian Peninsula for centuries. Arish provides the foundation for a genuine understanding of the United Arab Emirates region.

Since 2005, Dr Piesik has been conducting research into the technology transfer of renewable materials, working extensively in the Middle East on projects that have aimed to reconnect historic culture to the contemporary environment. She has written the most substantial book on Arish architecture in the Gulf, Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture, published by Thames and Hudson (2012), which is now available in English and Arabic.

Shafar’s newest installation The Nomad is exhibited in London at Chelsea College of Art from 16 – 28 July as part of Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture (11-26 July).  Using Arish technique principles but now constructed from wood, The Nomad combines street furniture, architecture and design.

Shafar is the United Arab Emirates’ leading designer and founder of design studio KHALID SHAFAR and showcase space KASA. His work had been showcased in many exhibitions and galleries in the Gulf as well as Tokyo, Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles, London and Milan.

This panel discussion is being held to coincide with the exhibition The Nomad.

In partnership with Dubai Design District (d3) and Abu Dhabi Festival.


July 20, 2015
18:45 - 20:30
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Asia House


Asia House
63 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 7LP United Kingdom

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