The Center for Gulf Studies (CGS)
At the AMERICAN UNIVERSITY of KUWAIT (AUK)
In collaboration with Madeenah (Kuwait)
Local Knowledge In Urban Production:
An Empirical Approach to Practice
Wednesday, 16th December 2015
The urban planning of Kuwait has historically been dependent on studies commissioned by the government and implemented by international consultants. Despite following accredited standards, the resulting policies and major urban projects have fallen short of successful implementation. This raises questions about the credibility of such a framework for urban production and the efficacy of its implementation. It also challenges the way knowledge us accumulated in contemporary studies-based modes of production.
This presentation attempts to critically analyze the gap between knowledge production and practice. We look at different examples of how knowledge is produced, and demonstrate how Madeedah (as a Kuwaiti spatial practice) promotes local knowledge production by providing a new model of data collection. We also explore the potentials and needs for a local, experience-based approach to knowledge creation and accumulation.
- Deema Alghunaim, Founder & Managing, Madeenah
- Sarah Alfraih, Creative Director, Madeenah
- Sarah Alzouman, Editor-in-Chief, Madeenah