The Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design
2010 Third Cycle Winners

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Graduating architecture students from nine countries in the Arab World submitted 82 design projects for the third cycle of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design. The projects came from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Award jury decided to award five equal prizes. The Award's total prize money of USD 10,000 therefore will be divided equally between the five winners, each receiving USD 2,000.

An Award ceremony was held at the Art Centre in Manama, Bahrain, on November 28, 2010 to honor the winners. The winning projects of the Award’s three cycles as well as a selection of submitted entries for the third cycle were exhibited at the Art Centre between November 28 and December 2, 2010.

The Award’s third cycle winners are:

Razan Al-Ati

Project: Cinematic Academy

University: Jordan University of Science and Technology

Faculty supervisor: Ahmad Freewan

This project is a design for a cinematic academy that focuses on the relationship between the producers and their audience. It creates interactive platforms that involve the audience in the production process, contributing to their mutual learning and growth.

Yasmina El Chami

Project: Viva La Vida or Death and all his Friends: A Story About the Future of an Old Building

University: American University of Beirut

Faculty supervisor: Carole Levesque

This project addresses a building in Beirut known as the Barakat Building, which was deserted as a result of the Lebanese Civil War. It proposes revitalizing it and reintegrating it within the city, without taking away the essence of its original character. After exploring several common scenarios on how to go about re-integrating such a building within its urban fabric, the designer offers a different approach: adapting it as a school for circus and performing arts. This school hosts temporary functions that are a source of vibrant energy in the city by offering a production space that is in constant motion and evolution.

Preeti Mogali

Project: Choreographic Center in Oman

University: American University of Sharjah

Faculty supervisor: George Katodrytis

This project explores the formation of space through a process of studying two concepts, choreography gestures and grids, to generate a dance performance center located off the coast of Musandum in Oman, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The reference for the analytical study is an Indian dance known as Bharatnatyam. It includes a sacred dance routine that is believed to harmonize space when performed by Shiva, one of the Hindu gods.

Hadi El Murr

Project: Development of Beirut's First Pier

University: Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts

Faculty supervisor: Georges Khayat

This project tackles the relationship between the city of Beirut and its seaport. It addresses the fast transformations that the city and its harbor have witnessed following the Lebanese Civil War, which have resulted in creating a separation between the two. The designer aims at reuniting the city with its seaport by creating an area linking the two where new functions that are relevant to coastal cities, such as retail and transportation, are developed along with cultural and recreational functions.

Suha Al-Salamain

Project: No Man's Land: Within the Borders

University: American University of Sharjah

Faculty supervisor: George Katodrytis

This project addresses the Israel-Palestinian conflict by designing a checkpoint on the borders between Palestine and Jordan. The project design represents a defensive form inspired by an arm gesture. Through it, the designer investigates geometric nodes and intersections to come up with apposite circulation patterns. These incorporate bridges that are used to create a new temporary territory between the borders, denoting the birth of a new free land.