In cooperation with ARC-WH the Architectural Association Visiting School concludes its scientific visit programme to the Kingdom of Bahrain

On 15 November 2023, the Arab Regional Center for World Heritage (ARC-WH) held the closing ceremony of the scientific visit programme for students of the (AA) Visiting  School in Bahrain, which was held earlier this month in cooperation between ARC-WH, Al-Riwaq Art Space and Mohamed Salahuddin Consulting Engineering Bureau.   The Architectural Association School of Architecture is one of the oldest independent institutes in architecture and was established in 1847 in London, United Kingdom, as a space for the revitalization of the architectural profession and as a centre for the latest developments in architectural thought.

The closing ceremony witnessed the opening of a special exhibition that included students’ works and the screening of short films in the presence of representatives of all the partners, in addition to the participating students and several experts and specialists in the field of architecture in Bahrain.

The Visiting School in Bahrain, which took place between 3 and 11 November, focused on exploring the relationship between climate change and heritage through the use of filmmaking methods, during which the students presented three short films at the closing ceremony that featured the World Heritage site of Qal’at al-Bahrain. The films addressed climate change and examined several issues, and reflected on the future of Bahrain in light of climate challenges.

This programme chose the site of Qal’at al-Bahrain because of its long history and unique archaeological layers dating back 4,000 years. Students shed light on the site through innovative methods, different artistic practices, scientific research and the use of data. The students also worked closely with many researchers, artists, architects and government institutions in Bahrain. They participated in a number of workshops, seminars and sessions and eventually produced short but educational films on the subject of climate change.