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International Lecture Series: Adrian Lahoud, Sharjah Architecture Triennial

27 February 2020 | 7pm – 9pm



Running from November 9 2019 to February 8 2020 Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Edition 1: Rights of Future Generations is an invitation to radically rethink fundamental questions about architecture and its power to create and sustain alternative modes of existence.

Curator Adrian Lahoud questions how inheritance, legacy and the state of the environment are passed from one generation to the next, how present decisions have long-term intergenerational consequences and how other expressions of co-existence, including indigenous ones, might challenge dominant western perspectives. The relationship between generations is at the heart of our struggle to avert a climate crisis. Architecture’s role is pivotal because it shapes our co-existence with others, with kin that have passed and those yet to come.

Turning to alternative concepts of architecture and the environment, the first edition of Sharjah Architecture Triennial focuses on moments where experiments with architectural and institutional forms collaborate to generate new social realities.

Motivated by the unique circumstances faced by architects, scholars, planners and artists in the Middle East, North and East Africa, and South and Southeast Asia—from non-existent or fragmented archives to restrictions on travel, or the absence of institutional support—Lahoud aims to use the occasion of our inaugural edition to create a platform for dialogue between an emerging generation of architects drawn from across the region and its diaspora.

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