Tree Museum

Having met in Art Basel 2004, landscape architect Enzo Enea and international “green” architect Chad Oppenheim have a strong history of design exchange that began with the redesign of Simpson Park, a natural hardwood hammock in Downtown Miami that was reintroduced to the local community through the synergy of nature and architecture. Some years later, […]


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Museum and Identity by MONA BIN HUSSAIN

All my life I knew that I wanted to be a teacher, however, the museum field chose me to be part of it as an educator. My story started after finishing my Education degree, I got an offer to work for Sharjah Museums Department in the Education and Interpretation field. At first I didn’t fully […]


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Reconstruction of Jahili Fort /Al Ain by: ADACH (Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage)

The oasis city of Al Ain sits in the desert that straddles the border between the UAE and Oman. To the east lie the Hajar Mountains of Oman. To the west are the endless dunes of the Rub‘ Al-Khali, the Empty Quarter. Closer to Al Ain is the extraordinary mountain outcrop of Jebel Hafit, dominating […]


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War Museums by PETER SAVVIDES

Battlefield museology in Cyprus an unintentional reminiscent of a bitter past Since antiquity, the pivotal position of the island of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean and its importance for geopolitical domination in the region of the Middle East had a catalytic influence in transforming this strategic land1 into a nucleus of rivalry among foreign powers. […]


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Museums in Cyprus by YIANIS TOUMAZIS

A. For a Cypriot museographical map Cyprus, this small island at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, has always been between the East and the West, the last stopping point of the Crusaders before reaching the Holy Land. Third in size after Sicily and Sardinia, it has attracted the interest of many different people throughout […]


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Museums and Memorials of Iran 1935 to 1979 By Nader Ardalan

Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies Harvard University This is a brief review of five decades of the architecture of museums and memorials designed in Iran during a period of major cultural transitions. It may be instructive to also review the four major architectural trends or theories that were also in play worldwide during these […]


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Museums in Egypt at a Crossroad? by SUSAN KAMEL

Egypt, with its millennia of recorded history, its pyramids, and the legacy of its pharaohs, draws millions of visitors each year. This mass tourism is a consequence of globalisation and has a lasting influence on Egyptian society: Almost every fifth Egyptian is employed in the tourism sector. In this regard, museums are of particular importance, […]


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Syria’s National Museum by HUGH MACLEOD

On a wall in Damascus a bush is burning. Suleiman, in his wisdom, advises the butchering of children to solve maternal disputes, while Abraham heads off up the hill to sacrifice his only son. Moses, meanwhile, has taken his shoes off and is breaking the golden cow before floating slowly along the blessed banks. “All […]


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Challenging Censorship in the Middle East Museums as Knowledge and Network by JEGAN VINCENT DE PAUL & ALIA FARID ABDAL

Contemporary museums are no longer merely spaces for the passive viewing of historical artifacts of cultural significance. Increasingly, the museum’s role as a site of education and cultural engagement is expanding to actively involve the communities they serve. The power of the internet and other network communications technologies has radically changed how societies function, and […]


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Virtually Speaking: The Museum as Majilis by SETH THOMPSON

Capitalizing on the successes of other cities that have employed star architects to design trophy museum buildings, Abu Dhabi appears to have embarked on a similar initiative to jump-start cultural tourism with its Saadiyat Island Cultural District. This initiative has commissioned such notable architects as Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel to create memorable buildings that […]


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