Wed, Mar 21 | Dubai Design District

Cities and Representations: Lived Space

This Seminar Series introduces the idea that to understand cities, we have to attend to the ways they are represented in architecture, urbanism, media, books, folk stories, and even our own minds.
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Cities and Representations: Lived Space

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Mar 21, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Dubai Design District, Dubai Design District - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

About The Event

Seminar 1: City Films | Moderators ( Samar AlZwaylif and Rola Elnounou)

This Seminar will discuss two of major films that were part of a movement in Europe to represent cities. Namely, Symphony of a great city and Man with a Moving Camera. Everyday Life in the 20th century is presented in stark contrasts in these movies depending on the city. However, there are overarching themes such as work and leisure in the city. The seminar aims to ignite discussion on how cities are represented in movies, how subjective are these representations and what lessons can we learn from them?

Films (watch beforehand, only snippets will be shown in the session):

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, Walther Ruttmann, 1927

Man With A Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov, 1929


everyday life in the beginning of the 20th century;

space in films vs. in reality;

a comparison between cities as we see and know them, and cities in representation.


Samar Al-Zwaylif is an architect, researcher, and an urban designer who received her Master degree from the Bartlett School of Planning, and her Bachelor of Architecture from the American University of Sharjah. Ms. Al-Zwaylif is an Adjunct Lecturer of Architecture at the University of Sharjah. Her work and research focus on synthesising cultural and urban representations, urban studies, and everyday experiences with design to achieve a broader understanding of urbanism and architecture.

Rola El Nounou is an architect and an urban planner who received her Master Degree and Bachelor of Architecture from The American University of Sharjah. Her research focuses on reviving historical architecture in urban developments without compensating the authentic value of the cultural heritage; combining a broader understanding of the integration of city’s history and urbanism, along with walkability, place making and urban planning design.

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