Studio-X Amman

a series of public lectures and roundtables by the architecture research studio


During Milan Design Week 2017, Studio-X Amman will host a series of public lectures and roundtables at Atelier Clerici. In addition to a presentation of the Frozen Imaginaries research project, documenting and analysing abandoned construction sites in Amman, this full-day programme includes presentations of all the current projects run by Studio-X Amman on borders and migration, counter-mapping and archival practices in Arab cities. Roundtable discussions will address architecture schools' engagements beyond academic spheres, as well as the evolution of the Design Week format in the Arab world.

Studio-X Amman is a platform for research and programming in architecture. Through workshops, lectures, screenings, and field visits, Studio-X Amman brings together designers, researchers, artists, and students working from or on Arab cities to critically reflect on the role of architecture education and practice in times of mass displacement, dispossession, and destruction, and in constructing alternative collective imaginaries for our cities. Studio-X Amman is part of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and of the Columbia Global Centers | Amman.


Saturday, 8 April 2017
Location: Central Courtyard, Open Design School Arena. Hosted by Matera 2019.

11:00 – 12:00
Introduction: Studio-X Amman by Nora Akawi & Jawad Dukhgan. Q&A moderated by Antonio Ottomanelli.

12:00 – 14:00
Lunch presentation: Local Industries + Stone Matters from Bethlehem, Palestine by Elias and Yousef Anastas. Q&A moderated by Nora Akawi.

Local Industries was founded in 2011 by Elias and Yousef Anastas. Palestinian architects, Anastas’ were looking for a way to insert local craft techniques to their work. Their keen interest with furniture stems from their architectural work. Local Industries’s goal is to offer to an international clientele a highly functional furniture crafted by local artisans. This endeavour aims to reassert the value of local Palestinian labour without freezing it in a traditional and obsolete role or mindlessly imposing alien standards to its method of work.

14:30 – 16:30
Roundtable 1: Urban Speculation, Excess and Abandonment
Introduction and moderation by René Boer

  • Frozen Imaginaries by Jawad Dukhgan and Antonio Ottomanelli
  • Eduardo Rega
  • More guests TBC

17:00 – 19:00
Roundtable 2: Design Events in the Middle East

  • Rana Beiruti (Amman)
  • Mohamed Elshahed (Cairo)
  • More guests TBC

Curated by
Studio-X Amman in collaboration with Antonio Ottomanelli



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