Night School

Join architect and writer Todd Reisz for the first Night School at Jameel Arts Centre. A small seminar of Dubai residents will meet to explore the ways Dubai has been shaped by design and by the people who transformed design into reality. With several guests joining us, we explore Dubai’s growth and ambitions in relation to other cities in the Gulf. The seminar will meet from January 9 until January 26, on Sunday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. There are also some planned evening film screenings.

Professionals, students and everyone who is curious are welcome to register for the free course. No prior academic experience is necessary. The only requirements: a commitment to all 6 classes and proficiency in reading English texts.

This year’s invited guests, each of whom will lead one of the season’s seminars, are: Nelida Fuccaro, Rana AlMutawa, Alamira Reem Bani Hashim, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, and Asseel Al-Ragam.

The open call is now closed. Accepted candidates will be contacted by December 27, 2021.

This public programme coincides with Off Centre / On Stage curated by Reisz – currently on display at the Centre.

Todd Reisz’s work examines the global practice of architecture, specifically how the architect circulates technologies and cultural narratives. His book Showpiece City: How Architecture Made Dubai (Stanford University Press, 2020) explores architecture’s packaging to sell Dubai on a global stage. He also co-edited with Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi Building Sharjah (Birkhäuser, 2021), an archival investigation of that city’s vanishing 20th-century landscape.

Image courtesy, Mark Harris.



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