UAE-Architecture Project Discusses Ways To Preserve Nation’s Modern Architectural Heritage


The UAE Architecture Project, Launched Under The Heritage And Arts Sector Of The Ministry Of Culture And Knowledge Development:

Stepping up efforts to document the country’s modern architectural heritage and develop architectural knowledge, the UAE Architecture project, launched under the Heritage and Arts sector of the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, held a workshop at the Cultural Foundation, congregating partners and experts from the private and public sectors to discuss the current landscape of modern architectural heritage.

Hosted by the ministry, the discussions explored the gaps in the sectors, looking into the systematic regulations and policies needed to preserve modern architecture. The workshop also looked into ways that partners can work together to address the role architectural documentation plays in our society.

During the sessions, Professor Kevin Mitchell, Chancellor at the College of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah, highlighted the importance of modern heritage as an important tool of teaching.

Sheikh Salem Al Qassimi, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Arts and Heritage:

Sheikh Salem Al Qassimi, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Arts and Heritage Sector, said, “Architecture is a vital component in the broader definition of culture. Great prominence is placed on preserving heritage sites, but it is also imperative to document and maintain under-appreciated modern architecture. The UAE Architecture project is in line with the ministry’s mandate and new strategic objectives to document the country’s architectural heritage for future generations.”

The workshop was attended by partners and key players in the UAE Architectural landscape, including representatives from Zayed University, Abu Dhabi Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the Agha Khan Development Network, Dubai Municipality, the American University of Sharjah, Shurooq, Government of Ras Al Khaimah’s Department of Antiquities and Museums, and Vectors and Stuff.

The brand UAE Architecture aims to create a common space for architectural dialogue in the UAE and will highlight research, documentation and innovation associated with architecture, planning, urban design, and landscape architecture.

The project is also creating the UAE Architecture Index, a comprehensive architectural database/archive and a research reference that combines current and new research on the built environment in the country. Designed to be the first federal and collaborative architecture index to gather and further knowledge creation and education on the built environment in the UAE, the index will be developed and managed by the Zayed Institute for Architecture, Heritage and the Arts at Zayed University.

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