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Did you know that the first residents of Bastakiya migrated to Dubai from a town in Iran called Bastak? You can find out more about the history of Bastakiya and traditional architecture in the Gulf region in a book called Windtower, in our architecture section.

Did you know that the first residents of Bastakiya migrated to Dubai from a town in Iran called Bastak? You can find out more about the history of Bastakiya and traditional architecture in the Gulf region in a book called Windtower, in our architecture section.

May is Design month at The Archive, and as part of this, we’re very excited to be bringing you a workshop with the brilliant Khatt Foundation! The Khatt Foundation is a cultural foundation dedicated to advancing Arabic typography and design research in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas. Building cross-cultural creative networks is an important instrument for this end.
Abstracting Arabic Letterforms: 
This workshop is an invitation to explore the icon/symbol potential of individual Arabic letterforms through abstraction.
The process would start by first examining the rich variations in shape of the Arabic alphabet throughout the major calligraphic styles. then each participant would choose a style and one or two letters to begin their abstraction. 
This takes place on Saturday May 3, 4-8pm at The Archive, and costs AED150 per person. To register your place, contact Lara Assouad Khoury on lara.a.khoury@gmail.com. 

May is Design month at The Archive, and as part of this, we’re very excited to be bringing you a workshop with the brilliant Khatt Foundation! The Khatt Foundation is a cultural foundation dedicated to advancing Arabic typography and design research in the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas. Building cross-cultural creative networks is an important instrument for this end.

Abstracting Arabic Letterforms: 

This workshop is an invitation to explore the icon/symbol potential of individual Arabic letterforms through abstraction.

The process would start by first examining the rich variations in shape of the Arabic alphabet throughout the major calligraphic styles. then each participant would choose a style and one or two letters to begin their abstraction. 

This takes place on Saturday May 3, 4-8pm at The Archive, and costs AED150 per person. To register your place, contact Lara Assouad Khoury on lara.a.khoury@gmail.com. 

Join us on Thursday at 4pm for a relaxing afternoon of watercolour painting in the park, for all ages and skill levels! Just email artanastasia@me.com to register your place.

Join us on Thursday at 4pm for a relaxing afternoon of watercolour painting in the park, for all ages and skill levels! 

Just email artanastasia@me.com to register your place.

Chill out after work on Tuesday with some live acoustic music in the park with Freshly Ground Sounds here at The Archive. Bring blankets, cushions, lamps, snacks, whatever you like to get comfy and set the vibe. You’ll also be able to grab a copy of FGS’s new compilation ep. See you at 6:30pm!

Chill out after work on Tuesday with some live acoustic music in the park with Freshly Ground Sounds here at The Archive. Bring blankets, cushions, lamps, snacks, whatever you like to get comfy and set the vibe. You’ll also be able to grab a copy of FGS’s new compilation ep. See you at 6:30pm!

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 - A C Grayling, Financial Times (in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)

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These doors at the fortress Bu’Ali in Oman are decorated with motifs influenced by Indian art. See more photos of Oman in the book Bedouin and Nomads, in the photography section at The Archive.

These doors at the fortress Bu’Ali in Oman are decorated with motifs influenced by Indian art. See more photos of Oman in the book Bedouin and Nomads, in the photography section at The Archive.

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suzani:

old city Khiva, islamic architecture, Uzbekistan, Central Asia

suzani:

old city Khiva, islamic architecture, Uzbekistan, Central Asia

nativethoughts
nativethoughts:

The Medina of Fez el Bali.

nativethoughts:

The Medina of Fez el Bali.

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manifest05:

The Kuwait Stock Exchange by John S. Bonnington in 1984. The site for the new Kuwait Stock Exchange was chosen near the sea, in the central business district of Kuwait City. Just opposite the Grand State Mosque, it is situated at the intersection of two major roads. The site is restricted and opens only onto two streets.


The main element of the building is the Market Hall, and this occupies the central area of the site. It is a three-storey, column-free space, entered directly via the main entrance at the intersection of the adjacent streets. The hall is surrounded on the ground, first, and second floors by galleries of glass fronted brokers’ rooms, and a public concourse. The Market Hall is covered by a roof terrace with 48 pyramidal glass domes for the lighting of the hall. This same terrace is set out as a water garden court which is bounded at the north and east by an L-shaped, glazed block of offices which overlooks the garden. The upper portion, at roof level, is completed by two bridge floors parallel to the streets. These floors support a roof structure which protects the inner core from excessive solar gain. The shading roof is a light metallic ‘eggcrate’ structure. Furthermore, the architectural expression of the sculptural cubic block is emphasized by the very restricted choice of external materials, largely polished granite and glass.


It is a reinforced concrete building with steel lattice beams and a RC structure for bridge accomodation,. It is clad in red granite and bronze heat reflecting-glass in bronze frames.

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booksnbuildings:

Pigeon towers, Qatar. 2011.
Photo: Josef Hoflehner

booksnbuildings:

Pigeon towers, Qatar. 2011.

Photo: Josef Hoflehner

la-sicilienne
la-sicilienne:

Oman

la-sicilienne:

Oman

Save the date. 

Save the date. 

Here’s a few snaps from the Market of Everything last weekend! Take a look at the full album over on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thearchivedubai

yusefalahmad
yusefalahmad:

PEPSI COLA

yusefalahmad:

PEPSI COLA

zamaaanawal
zamaaanawal:

#Iraq, circa 1950s

zamaaanawal:

#Iraq, circa 1950s