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Shelter Dubai: bio-computation / landscape / urban design / water / BioCitiesJanuary 3, 2011


This exhibtion, promoted by ecoLogicStudio with the Architectural Association and the Americal University in Dubai, was hosted by the Shelter Gallery in Dubai and accompained by a roundtable discussion and later book launch.
Titled Coral Gardens the show raised two important questions: can architecture claim new roles in a period of economic and ecologic turmoil? Can architects contribute by developing new spatial and material practices for the re-functionalisation of the urban landscape? 

“The World”, an artificial marine landscape built off the cost of Dubai City, did provide the perfect ground to engage these questions; due to its sheer size, its embedded fragility, its iconic design and its massive impact on the surroundings, the 12 billion dollars uncompleted lagoon has revealed in itself all the contradictions of the system that fuels many major developments in Dubai and around the world.
The show proposed an architectural speculation in the form of 13 radical projects, the “World Dubai Marine Life Incubators"
Each project investigates a specific architectural mechanism of co-existence and co-evolution within the local marine habitat, prefiguring future scenarios of development whereby the lagoon is re-contextualized in socio-economic and technological terms in relationship to such phenomena as global warming, coral bleaching, eco-tourism, social networking, workforce global migration, food production, renewable energies, urban well being and building material flows.

Curators and principal researchers:
Claudia Pasquero, Marco Poletto
AAINTER10 Unit Masters, ecoLogicStudio Directors

AA: Wesley Soo, Masaki Echizenya, Noam Hazan, Lola Lozano, Alessandro Bava, Yu Won Kang, Leila Meroue, Wei Hou, Michalis Patsalosavis, Katerina Albertucci, Zachary Fluker, Wenlan Yuan, Iker Mugarra Flores

ecoLogicStudio ltd: Marco Poletto, Claudia Pasquero, Alessio Carta, Manuele Gaioni, Neil Grant

Maria Arceo -Artist
Dr Abeer AlJanahi-W S Atkins-Assistant Professor British University in Dubai

British University in Dubai

Research supports:
Nakheel – Property Developers, Biorock – Artificial Reefs and Marine biology Specialists

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