Docomomo International at the Workshop & Lecture Series: RE Kuwait´s Modern Heritage
5 - 9 December 2015, Bayt Al Bader, Kuwait City, Kuwait
The Secretary General of docomomo International, Zara Ferreira, participated as tutor, in the Workshop & Lecture Series: RE Kuwait´s Modern Heritage, organised by docomomo Kuwait and NCCAL, that took place in Kuwait City, between 5 and 9 December 2015.
This workshop focused on the legacy of Wilson and Mason architects, the heritage value of their work, and their contribution towards a local identity not only in Kuwait, but other oil producing nations in the Middle East.
With a specific focus on the Former Bank of the Middle East building as a case study, it was launched an investigation on scenarios to reprogram the building and interpret its heritage value, applying heritage reuse and design strategies that focus on enhancing the link to the urban fabric and propose possible investment concepts that could achieve a profitable city for people. The social and economic exchange context of the building was considered to be one of the most vital areas of Kuwait´s capital city and a rare case of a sustained market community and zoning program that endured the sudden eruption of the urban evolution in the old city.
The right to the city and the right to participate in determining the historical urban heritage of a nation, determining the meaning of heritage properties and their emotional and historical value was emphasized as a responsibility of the civic sphere, since such battles will not be won without community engagement in bringing back the symbolic charge of their places.
The end result of this workshop will be realized as an intervention in a Newspaper spread that raises public awareness on the value of modern heritage and the need to acively engage in protecting the social and urban memory of Kuwait.
The workshop was paralleled with a heritage lectures marathon that run every night and will be open to public. The founder of docomomo International, Hubert-Jan Henket, presented "Where the old and new meet, a plea for Sustainable Modernity" and the Secretary General of docomomo International, Zara Ferreira, presented "International docomomo Workshop - Strategies for Sewoon Arcade (Seoul, South Korea, 19-23 Sept 2014)".
Collaborators: NCCAL, docomomo International, docomomo Kuwait, PAD10
Unit Tutors: Zara Ferreira, Naji Moujaes
Guest Speakers: Hubert-Jan Henket, Caecilia Pieri, Kareem Ibrahiem, Zara Ferreira, Naji Moujaes