Wael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto, Principal Architects of Dubai’s waiwai (formerly known as ibda design), have been appointed as the curators for the National Pavilion UAE at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale following an open call that attracted close to 100 curatorial proposals. Their exhibition explores how the salt compounds found in the UAE’s Sabkha (salt flats) could inspire renewable building materials.

waiwai is a multidisciplinary architecture, landscape and urban design studio founded in Dubai. Known for addressing the social, environmental, economical and technological aspects of architectural projects, the firm has worked on prominent cultural institutions including Dubai’s Jameel Arts Centre, Jeddah’s Hayy: Creative Hub, and Hai d3.

The National Pavilion UAE will present waiwai design’s exhibition at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition National Pavilion UAE of the Venice Biennale, from 23 May to 29 November 2020 (pre-opening 21 and 22 May). Curated by Lebanese architect Hashim Sarkis under the overall theme How Will We Live Together?, the 2020 Biennale will look at architecture’s ability to engage people and communities across increasing social, economic, political and digital divides.