Two Case Studies: A view on differing architectural approaches
Sean Gaffaney,Senior Manager-Content and Project Manager of Abu Dhabi Science Centre, Abu Dhabi Technology Department
The UAE is by now very well known for its development of both cultural and themed entertainment attractions, with Abu Dhabi in particular demonstrating a clear lead in its commitment to the development of cultural attractions. But as highlighted in the previous presentation, even the motivations for new builds in Abu Dhabi differ, as do the reasons for choosing globally known architects versus local architects. Using two different examples from Abu Dhabi, namely the building of a science centre and of a museum, the speaker will share his views on the pros and cons of each approach with a welcomed Q and A with the audience. These case studies will focus on pointing out that a deeper understanding of the drivers behind each type of approach taken in Abu Dhabi is key to understanding what will ultimately work best for each. Useful insights will help to draw parallels with future projects to be developed in the Middle East.