Dubai Design District Co-hosts Month-long Exhibition 'The Art of Sustainable Architecture' with Foster + Partners

Event features complementary lectures on 'Sustainable Futures' as part of d3's efforts to educate local design community 


Dubai-UAE: Dubai Design District (d3), the Middle East’s destination dedicated to design, presented an exhibition titled ‘The Art of Sustainable Architecture’ in association with its business partner Foster + Partners, a world-renowned architectural design and engineering firm, throughout the month of February.

The first exhibition by Foster + Partners in the UAE offered a unique insight into its studio operations, exploring the use of different tools that have revolutionised the way designers work. Displaying models, photographs, drawings and films, the showcase highlighted the depth of research and analysis that goes into designing and building some of the most complex and innovative projects in the world.

The exhibition featured a series of weekly complementary lectures on ‘Sustainable Futures’ by Gerard Evenden, Head of Studio at Foster + Partners, and Dara Towhidi, Partner at Foster + Partners, that attracted hundreds of students from multiple UAE-based universities.

Khadija Al Bastaki, Executive Director of d3, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed more than 500 students to d3 over the past month to learn from Foster + Partners – a pioneer in the architectural space. The time and resources we invest in education are extremely important for ensuring the continued growth of the design industry.”

Georges Kachaamy, Chair and Associate Professor of Architecture at American University in Dubai, said: "The Foster + Partners exhibition was a learning experience for the 100+ students from the department of architecture at the American University in Dubai where they had the opportunity to not only understand the significance of innovative designs and their relation with diverse contexts and cultures but also to grasp the importance of sustainable solutions that can transform the built environment into timeless masterpieces."   

d3 will continue to support students and the creative community offering curated programming throughout the year including workshops, talks, exhibitions and events.

About Dubai Design District

Dubai Design District (d3), a member of TECOM Group, is a destination dedicated to design that reinforces Dubai’s new status as a UNESCO Creative City of Design. Established to provide a platform for the region’s growing number of designers, creative professionals and artists to unite, create and inspire, d3 has fast become a hub for inspiration and innovation. Located in the heart of Dubai, the thriving neighbourhood is home to emerging designers as well as international brands.

With over 450 creative partners, including architects, interior designers, photography studios, product and fashion designers, d3 also has more than 45 retail stores and eateries. The Design Quarter at d3 offers visitors the opportunity to discover a variety of design showrooms and art galleries, indulge in authentic dining experiences, and shop at homegrown lifestyle boutiques, fashion ateliers, and international design showrooms.

d3 is also a popular events space that attracts international artists and audiences to cultural exhibitions and gatherings such as Dubai Design Week, Fashion Forward and Sole DXB a regional lifestyle platform for footwear, fashion, culture, art and design. In addition, the destination regularly hosts a roster of industry talks, workshops and educational programming, accessible to people of all ages. 

Now open to the d3 community and the district’s visitors, The Block at d3 is a space to escape, relax, unwind and get fit. The recreational facility features a skate park, a basketball and volleyball court, climbing walls, an urban beach, as well as outdoor seating and entertainment areas.

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