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Sharjah Architecture Triennial forum on environment and ecology to take place 15 March

Sharjah Architecture Triennial will be hosting its third forum tomorrow, 15 March, on the topic of Environment and Ecology, exploring how particular environmental connects and conditions in the Global South have produced distinct relationships between people and ecosystems. 

The inaugural edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial opens in November 2019, curated by Adrian Lahoud on the theme of Rights of Future Generations, addressing climate change as the most urgent challenge facing humanity today. 

The speakers confirmed for the forum are Dalal Alsayer, PhD candidate in History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania; Samia Henni, assistant professor at the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University; and Marina Tabassum, founder of Marina Tabassum Architects and 2016 winner of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

The Environemnt and Ecology Forum is part of the Rights of Future Generations Working Group, which has been set up as a platform for dialogue and advocacy on behalf of future generations who will bear the burden of climate impact. The Working Group is chaired by Ambassador Lumumba Di-Aping, who has dedicated his career in both public and private sectors to address the issue of inequality that hinders development in the Global South. 

Di-Aping served as ambassador and deputy head of the Sudan Mission to the United Nations from 2006 to 2012, where he was lead negotiator for developing countries on energy, environment, trade, and global governance. 

 Di-Aping represented developing countries as chairman of the G77+China at the December 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, to bring together the United Nations representatives, government officials, international rights groups, and members of relevant civil society organisations. 

"The Working Group's mission is to advance the protection of future generations' fundamental rights in a world where climate change is dramatically shifting along socio-economic, legal, gender, racial, and political dimensions," a release said.

"Through examining the quality and form of life as it is experienced today and as it will be experienced in the future, the Rights of the Future Generations Working Group will collaboratively produce The Sharjah Charter to be presented at The Sharjah Summit at the Triennial". 

Members of the Working Group will be announced in September 2019, while a preliminary list of participants for the inaugural edition of the Triennial will be announced in April 2019.

Architecture scholar Amin Alsaden has been appointed as director of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial. 

In an interview with Triennial advisor and architect, Mona El Mousfy, told Middle East Architect that apart from exploring climate change, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial also aims to preserve “under-valued” buildings in the emirate and beyond.