The City of Glasgow Eimear Kelt Medal for Architecture 2019

Douaa Arkoub was awarded the City of Glasgow Eimear Kelt Medal for her project, No Borders (Presence and Absence)

Can we be in two cities at the same time? Could borders between cities be erased? Would this be possible even if it is for a short time?

Imagine yourself walking in Glasgow and then you find yourself in Damascus. Or walking in Paris and then you end up being somewhere in Jerusalem. What if George Square turns into the courtyard of the Umayyad Mosque and the gate at Royal Exchange Square into the Eastern gate in old Damascus or the gate of the Jupiter temple at the entrance of AL Hamidiyah Souk?

The project is a tale of two cities (broadcasting/host and receiver city). It is a reflection of six parameters of a city that becomes a twin with another city for a short period of time while leaving its twinning evidence in both cities forever. The six parameters include: History, Art, Architecture, Culture, Storytelling and Innovations. The parameters are displayed in the host city using digital art and advanced technologies that immerse visitors with stories of the twin city. 

It is an idea that can be applied between any two cities with Glasgow as the global coordinating centre. The twinning process is associated with urban projections that transform a public space in the receiver city into another public space existing in the broadcasting city…

The project is an opportunity for building cultural connections through sharing art and experiences that connect cultures and nations across geographical, historical, cultural and political borders.


See a selection of the project panels in our awards Gallery.

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