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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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old city Khiva, islamic architecture, Uzbekistan, Central Asia
The Medina of Fez el Bali.
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.
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.
#Iraq, circa 1950s