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Archiplexus’ Pivotal Role in Dubai Masterplan 2040 and COP28


Dubai, UAE - Archiplexus, a renowned architecture and design firm based in Dubai, recently made headlines with its significant contribution to the Dubai Masterplan 2040 at COP28, held at Expo City Dubai. The firm’s participation in the Dubai Municipality panel titled “What Science and Traditional Indigenous Knowledge tells us about Nature Conservation in the Urban Environment” has marked a new era in the integration of cultural heritage and post-contemporary architectural practices.


A Visionary Approach to Urban Development

Shwan Alhashimi, the Founder and Managing Director of Archiplexus, emphasized the importance of preserving Emirati heritage within the context of modern architecture. Coined as “post-contemporary,” this approach by Archiplexus blends indigenous values and traditions with futuristic vision, resonating with the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s belief in the interconnectedness of past, present, and future.


Beyond Buildings: Crafting Cultural Narratives

Archiplexus’ commitment to sustainable cultural integration within the built environment was highlighted by Alhashimi at the panel. “Our architectural creations are not mere structures but are beacons that illuminate the journey for future generations, ensuring the vibrancy of our heritage is experienced and lived,” he shared. This philosophy is not just about constructing spaces but about creating experiences that honour the UAE's enduring legacy.


Celebrating Global Impact: The Onepoto Footbridge

The firm’s philosophy is exemplified in projects like the Onepoto footbridge in New Zealand. This award-winning structure encapsulates the essence of indigenous Maori culture, bridging traditional values with modern architectural innovation. It stands as a testament to Archiplexus’s dedication to crafting spaces that are both meaningful and innovative.


Archiplexus: Redefining Boundaries

With over four decades of experience in the UAE, Shwan Alhashimi has been instrumental in shaping the nation’s architectural landscape. His expertise spans across various disciplines, from interior and landscape architecture to product design, always focusing on a symbiotic relationship between nature and the built environment.

Archiplexus continues to challenge conventional architectural methodologies, creating dynamic built environments that reflect a deep respect for both nature and cultural heritage. The firm constantly explores new disciplines and technologies, ensuring that each creation is a blend of beauty, functionality, and sustainability.


A Future of Innovation and Excellence

As Archiplexus looks ahead, its participation in COP28 stands as a significant milestone in its journey. The firm remains committed to pioneering post-contemporary architecture that honours and perpetuates rich cultural heritage, inspiring future generations in the UAE and beyond.


For more insights and highlights from Archiplexus’ participation in COP28, stay tuned for the upcoming video release on our website, featuring key moments and expert discussions.

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