In April 2004 we were invited to the Design
Talks at the School of Architecture and Design of the AUS. After this
visit we published an article
on the school. We were very impressed with the high level of education
and positive atmosphere of the teaching/learning environment, which
sparked in us the idea of proposing a mutual project.
People visiting Sharjah, even those who travel there for the Biennial,
usually only get to know the touristic aspect of the city. In spring
2005, mediated by their professor for photography, Tarek Al-Ghoussein,
we asked students of the School of Architecture and Design of the AUS,
if they would like to put together a small photo series, which would
convey to outsiders their personal impressions of the city in which
they live and study.
The result are these "Impressions of Sharjah", which provide
a glimpse onto different layers and faces of the city: the fast development,
the constant construction activities, the merging of and contrast between
new and old, the reconstruction of references of the past, the search
for a local identity, the living areas of the foreign workers, and
Most of the photos are accompanied with short comments by the authors
We thank the students, as well as Tarek Al-Ghoussein for participating
in this project.
Gerhard Haupt and Pat Binder
Editors of Universes in Universe
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