Ideas for the Open City at Dubai Design Week

An exhibition hosted by and co-organised by Allies and Morrison was on display at last week’s Dubai Design Week. The exhibit, Ideas for the Open City, provided an overview of the Unlimited Doha Design Prize residency that took place earlier this year.

Organised by the British Council and facilitated by Allies and Morrison, the initiative brought young designers from the UK and the Gulf States to explore themes such as accessibility, heritage and inclusivity in urban design. As part of their residency, participants studied Mshiereb Downtown Doha, the centre city regeneration project. This is the second time the exhibit has been on view; the first occurring at Allies and Morrison’s studios during the London Festival of Architecture.

At the Dubai instalment of the exhibition, a panel discussion was held to debate these ideas in the context of Dubai and the forthcoming Expo 2020. Panellists included Sultan Al Qassemi, co-founder of the Barjeel Art Foundation; the architect Alex Scott Whitby and winner of the 2016 Unlimited Doha Design Prize; architect Sumaya Dabagh, chair of the RIBA Gulf Chapter; Waseem Kotoub, head of arts and creativity for the British Council Qatar and Alastair Donald of the British Council’s architecture programme.

The exhibition, Ideas for the Open City, was co-organised by The British Council and the RIBA in collaboration with Allies and Morrison.

Image courtesy RIBA Gulf Chapter.