Info. Min. opens architectural modernism exhibition

By Mubarak Al-Enezi

KUWAIT, March 20 (KUNA) — Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Sabah on Sunday highlighted the significance of the “Architectural Modernism in Kuwait” exhibition and the book ensuing from the event.
The exhibition is being organized by Dar Al-Athar al-Islamiyyah (DAI) in collaboration with Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS).
“The event and the book helped document the creative works of Kuwaiti architects that contributed to Kuwait’s urban development between 1949 and 1989,” he told KUNA after inaugurating the event tonight.
Sheikh Salman, also president of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters (NCCAL), attributed the success of the event to DAI’s commitment to the principle of corporate social responsibility and the support of KFAS.
He renewed NCCAL’s commitment to support the innovative activities of DAI.
He advised the Kuwaiti architects to read the book to benefit from the useful information on the experiences of the old generation of architects while contributing to the urban development in the country.
On her part, Sheikha Hessa Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah, the general supervisor of DAI, said the event is meant to shed light on the contributions of the founders of Kuwait’s modern architecture.
She noted that Kuwait was able to attract the world’s best architects in the 1960s and 1970s to lay the groundwork for urban development and design school, hospital and goverment buildings.
KFAS Director General Dr. Adnan Shehab-Eddin said in his inaugural speech that the gathering of veteran architects aims to explore the unique dimensions of the Kuwaiti architecture which features the cultural identity of the country.
“The designs of buildings, homes, streets and marketplaces built in middle of the last century are marked by great aesthetic appeal,” he added.
Former minister of public works Khaled Al-Isa, former minister of municipal affairs Dr. Ibrahim Al-Shaheen and professor of architecture at Kuwait University’s College of Engineering and Petroleum Dr. Mohammad Al-Jassar addressed at the event about their previous experiences. (end)