Adaptive architecture makes an impact at the Sharjah Triennale 2023

Collaborating with professionals whose architectural discourses align with the theme, the exhibition brings together globally acclaimed multidisciplinary figures, directing major attention to the 2023 Architecture Triennale that will run until March 2024.

Spanning five main sites, including Al Qasimiyah School, the old Al Jubail market and slaughterhouse, Industrial Area 5, Sharjah Mall and Al Madam, the triennale presents installations integrated seamlessly into their respective locations, raising the question of what it means to be local in a globalised world. The curators’ intention is to give importance to the local context and the need to go beyond a global monocultural approach to urbanism and architecture.

One of the outstanding entries in the Sharjah Architecture Triennale 2023 is from Cave_bureau, the Nairobi-based firm of architects and researchers, which has developed its ninth edition of the Anthropocene Museum research series. Located in Sharjah’s former slaughterhouse, the intervention is centred on the animals consumed in the city, often without considering their origins or how they are processed.

Notable participants include DAAR – Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti, winners of the Golden Lion for Best Participation at the 2023 Venice Biennale, Olalekan Jeyifous, honoured with the Silver Lion for promising young participants at the International Exhibition, the architect behind the forthcoming Museum of the Incense Road in Al Ula and the “Mashrabiya” Entrance Gates of Expo 2020 Dubai, Sumaya Dabbagh, director of Dabbagh Architects, nominated for the Aga Khan Award in 2018, among others.

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