Learning from... Bahrain

The Tent, the Hut and the Baraha: Informal Spaces in the Corporate City
Lecture, in English, Paul-Desmarais Theatre, 6 October 2011 , 7pm

Noura al Sayeh presents the third lecture in the Learning From… the Middle East series.

The presentation will survey the photographic documentation of the Bahrain coast by photographer Camille Zakharia. The urban transformations in the last 30 years have redrawn the Bahraini landscape and triggered the development of a contemporary vernacular culture. The presentation will examine the artist’s illustration of the multiple ecological effects of land reclamation and the appropriation of the coastal areas by local users as public space.

The Learning from… series takes its title from Learning From Las Vegas (1972), Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour’s influential publication, which analysed the commercial strips and architectural symbolism of Las Vegas in order to understand urban sprawl. In this spirit, the series brings together experts to explore specific urban conditions and their relevance to the future development of cities.

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