The Dezeen team are reporting live from the preview day of the second edition of Sharjah Architecture Triennial 2023 in the United Arab Emirates (opening 11 November). Follow for updates throughout the day, with exclusive previews of installations and exhibitions.
8:00am Dezeen editor Tom Ravenscroft is attending the official preview of Sharjah Architecture Triennial 2023 today, 10 November, in the United Arab Emirates.
The festival features installations and exhibits from Cave Bureau, Wallmakers, Asif Khan, 51-1 Arquitectos, Formafantasma and Space Caviar among others.
The two main venues for the festival are a former school that was built in the mid 1970s and a former fruit market that was built in the early 1980s.
Both buildings are examples of the architecture that was created in the emirate in the years after gaining its independence in 1971. In anticipation of the inaugural triennial in 2019, they were purchased by the organising foundation as part of a campaign to conserve the emirate’s 1970s and 80s architecture, which is increasingly under threat of demolition.
“The foundation wants to keep all the layers in the city – including the 1970s and 80s,” said Mona El Mousfy at the time, who is the architecture consultant for the triennial and partner organisation the Sharjah Art Foundation, which has also been purchasing buildings from the era.
Since then, Peruvian studio 51-1 Arquitectos has converted a 1970s ice storage facility into a cultural venue, restaurant and hotel for the Sharjah Art Foundation.
Read a roundup of six Sharjah buildings from the 1970s and 1980s that the foundation are conserving ›
See Dezeen Events Guide for all the latest information you need to know to attend the event, as well as a list of other architecture and design events taking place around the world.
All times are London time, from where digital editor Rupert Bickersteth is running this live feed at Dezeen HQ.
The lead image is by Tom Ravenscroft.