The annual platform for creatives of neighbouring communities across the Middle East, North Africa & South Asia (MENASA) regions, Abwab will in its 2021 edition present the latest innovations in contemporary architecture through commissioning a large-scale, contemporary architecture pavilion, acting as the centerpiece feature of Dubai Design Week in its main hub at Dubai Design District (d3).
Under the theme of regenerative architecture and restorative design, an open call invites designers, creative studios and architects in the MENASA region to submit their proposal for an architectural pavilion. Creatives and designers are invited to turn their focus to themes centered around the human impact on the planet and the role of design as a restorative tool while embedding nature as a core element
Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals including complementary programming of the space through cross disciplinary collaborations as well as plan for the commission’s afterlife post Dubai Design Week in November
Regenerative architecture and Restorative design
Hosting all living systems and organisms that are interconnected, interdependent and mutually beneficial to each other, it is time to start embedding nature as a core element in design practices. Planet conscious Investigations and themes related to Energy, Materials, Land, Air & Water and Ecosystems are encouraged for designers and architects to embed in their proposals and investigations for Abwab 2021, by adopting reparative and restorative design approaches.
These approaches introduce a notion of co-living and interconnectedness. Designers are invited to explore them, by placing nature and the living organisms at the centre of their design process while considering the direct impact of their work on the environment, shifting to a more responsible and circular approach to designing while ensuring diverse representation of Middle Eastern design through locally and regionally sourced ideas and inspirations.
Examples of restorative design include; Circular economy systems; Biophilic Design, Nature & Wellbeing, Biomimicry, Locality etc.
The conceptual proposal is required to:
The design proposal must be:
Submissions must include supporting materials:
*All images must be high quality and a maximum of 1MB. Please follow submission form guidelines.
** This open call does not apply to large architectural entities, but targets middle sized creative studios, individual creatives and SMEs
The winning proposal will be awarded 40,000 USD in production fees and 10,000 USD in design fees, including all project development technical plans, renders and production management and supervision.
Submission ends: 25 June, 2021
Shortlists defined by jury: 15 July, 2021
Winner selected: 30 July, 2021
Final technical drawings submitted: 15 Aug, 2021
Production initiation: Sept, 2021
Concept image: Designed by Greenerontheotherside, Photography: İeva saudargaitė
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