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On Foraging - Food knowledge and Environmental Imaginaries in the UAE's landscape


Co-published with 421

This book is published on the occasion of On Foraging: Food Knowledge and Environmental Imaginaries in the UAE’s Landscape, an exhibition commissioned by Warehouse421 for the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020, Dubai, UAE.

Edited with introduction and interviews by Dima Srouji, Faysal Tabbarah, Meitha Almazrooei.

This publication showcases transformative solutions for food insecurity in the UAE over the past 50 years. From innovations in the private sector to public policy initiatives, these strategies aim to eliminate hunger by providing year-round access to nutritious food in a country whose natural landscape is unconducive to farming.

About the Authors

Faysal Tabbarah

Faysal Tabbarah is the Associate Dean and an Associate Professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah. He is also Co-founder of Architecture + Other Things, an architecture and design studio based in Sharjah. Tabbarah’s teaching and research interrogate the potential of activating Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) material and environmental practices to drive innovative contemporary design and building solutions by exploring context-driven modes of production, alternative material systems, and the relationship between environmental and architectural imaginaries. At AUS, Tabbarah teaches core and option design studios, seminars integrate issues of Orientalism and the built and natural environments, computational design seminars, and required structures courses.

Meitha Almazrooei

Meitha Al Mazrooei is the editor of WTD Magazine. She completed her M.S. in Critical, Curatorial & Conceptual Practices in Architecture at Columbia University’s GSAPP. She is currently pursuing her PhD in History Theory and Criticism of Architecture at MIT.

Dima Srouji

Dima Srouji is an architect and visual artist exploring the ground as a deep space of rich cultural weight. Srouji looks for potential ruptures in the ground where imaginary liberation is possible. She works with glass, text, archives, maps, plaster casts, and film, understanding each as an evocative object and emotional companion that help her question what cultural heritage and public space mean in the larger context of the Middle East as well as a focused lens on Palestine. Her projects are developed closely with archaeologists, anthropologists, sound designers, and glassblowers. Srouji is currently the Jameel Fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum and leading the MA City Design studio at the Royal College of Art in London. Her work is part of the permanent collection at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Technical Details

Publication Date:
Monday, January 30, 2023
English and Arabic
21 x 15 cm
Number of Pages:
Kaph Books

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