Abwab 2018's Pavilions are designed by Architecture + Other Things, and composed of natural and recyclable synthetic materials that emerged by asking: Where do the twigs go?

This question was used to initiate a project that rethinks the life-span of materials used in the construction of temporary events. Specifically, Architecture + Other Things is investigating the potential second life of fallen twigs and timber, as a thickened and porous structural armatures that are coated in recycled and dyed paper pulp. The paper pulp acts as both surface as well as a structural binder. Rethinking the function of organic matter parallels the production of design narratives for an exhibition. The intention is that after the event, all elements of the pavilions can be composted or recycled.

About Architecture + Other Things
Architecture + Other Things is a collaborative and interdisciplinary platform exploring alternative models of architectural practice and design. Approaching design as a holistic condition, Architecture + Other Things deploys technology to produce work at multiple scales and within multiple disciplines that reflect novel solutions in the design and production of architecture and all other things.

Faysal Tabbarah is an architect and educator, currently Associate Professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah, U.A.E. He received his Master's in Architecture and Urbanism at the Architectural Association School of Architecture's Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London and his B.Arch from AUS. He has previously held professional positions in architecture and design in London and the U.A.E.

Khawla Al Hashimi is an architect with extensive management and development experience working as Acting Head of Projects Development at Shurooq, Sharjah's Investment and Development Authority. Most notable among her management portfolio is Al Jabal Resort: The Chedi Khor Fakkan. She received her education in Architecture at the American University of Sharjah.

Nada Taryam is an architect with extensive project management experience includingBee’ah's headquarters designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. She received her Master’s degree in Architecture and Urbanism with Thesis distinction from the Architectural Association School of Architecture's Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London and her B.Arch from AUS.

About Abwab
Translated as ‘doors’ in Arabic, Abwab is an exhibition, architectural installation and a highlight of Dubai Design Week. It's the only initiative of its kind to offer a platform for design talent from across the Middle East.

For the fourth edition, located at the centre of Dubai Design District (d3), Abwab will host a collection of design experiences drawn from five communities in the Middle East. Two designers are invited from each place to collaborate and produce works situated in dedicated pavilions related to the theme: ‘Between the Lines’.