Dr. Khaled Alawadi


Lifescapes Beyond Bigness

Lifescapes Beyond Bigness is an excursion into the humane and under-celebrated areas of the UAE, highlighting the role of architecture and urban design in forming the choreography of people’s daily routines. It particularly investigates the role of ‘quotidian’ (everyday) landscapes in accommodating, enhancing, and facilitating social activities across different places in the UAE. The interplay between the physicality of architecture and places, and the dynamic choreography of everyday life will be explored through a curatorial selection of different typologies and places from the UAE’s diverse landscapes. 

The exhibition presents an exploration of their physical characteristics and typologies; behavioral rhythms and life; and the design traditions that have shaped them. It also invites visitors to experience important landscapes that are often overlooked in common perceptions about the UAE’s mega-development discourse.

Lifescapes Beyond Bigness explores the interplay of architecture and social life across four UAE urban landscapes: residential neighborhoods; networks of streets and sikkak (alleyways); urban blocks; and natural landscapes. The exhibition features a series of photographs, typological maps, graphs of behavioral data, architectural drawings, case studies, and three-dimensional models.