In Bahrain‘s pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale, the country uses its position on the eastern edge of the pan-Arabic region to investigate modernity’s impact on the Arab world: first as a colonial imposition, then as a local attempt to reconcile global and Arabic culture, then finally as an acceptance of neoliberal ideals.
The exhibition collects 100 projects from across the Arabic states, with the intention of consolidating and preserving knowledge of this critical period. The installation itself, a giant bookcase, is the manifestation of this research, and will later be made available at the Arab Center for Architecture.
The proposal by Influx_Studio for the Bab Al Bahrain Urban Oasis explores the value of the cultural and natural landscape inheritance as a design opportunity to address climate issues in public space, while catalyzing the urban potential of the site in the emerging new city urbanity. Urban Oasis is called to be the most important public space of Manama, embodying its dynamic character and showcasing its new sustainable identity. More images and architects’ description after the break.
Architects: Noura Al Sayeh & Leopold Banchini
Location: Bab al Bahrain square, Bahrain
Organizer: Manama Capital of Arab Culture 2012, Ministry of Culture, Kingdom of Bahrain
Exhibition Design: Noura Al Sayeh & Leopold Banchini
Construction: Syed M. Ahmed, Masy Int; Creative Wrought Iron Factory; Bu HussainAluminium and Mirrors.
Photographs: Eman Ali