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Mass participation was the primary goal of the event—one that was undeniably achieved. Students were actively engaged, with leaders both internal and external, and with each other. They absorbed new concepts quickly, worked collaboratively and solved problems creatively. Secondly, and of equal importance: they were able to express themselves and their individuality. 3ajeeb is a word with personal connotations; one person’s idea of what is 3ajeeb! might be very different from another’s. “The aim was to create an open platform where the students—and all participants—would feel comfortable expressing themselves,” explained co-chair Simone Muscolino. “And they did.” Success was also ensured by the dedicated participation of a world-class group of talent that came to VCUQatar in the form of 3ajeeb! Studio leaders—their investment in the program and the students was infectious. Their personal tales of creativity and professional development set the tone not just for the students, but for the entire event. Several days after the conference, VCUQatar was given the opportunity to show participant work at Design Days Dubai. Displayed amidst works by Zaha Hadid and Studio Job, were empathic robots, bamboo bicycles and turntable-based animations which provided, as Domus magazine wrote, “testimony to the reverberations of work that certainly centered on critical, lateral and divergent thought, managing to move the horizon and construct new points of view.” As a university, we are most proud of these “new points of view.” Using the theme of 3ajeeb!, the conference attempted to present new ways of seeing, making and creating work. Workshops resulted in a multitude of strange wonders and what the experience served to highlight was the possibility of creating, from wildly different inputs, a very strong communal voice.

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‫حصلت جامعة فرجينيا كومنولث يف قطر عىل فرصة لعرض ونرش أعمال المؤمتر‬ ‫ تم عرض هذه األعمال يف خضم أعمال زها حديد‬.”Design Days Dubai“ ‫يف‬ ‫ حيث تم عرض الروبوتات احلاسسة والدراجات المصنوعة من‬،‫وستوديو جوب‬ ‫ كما كتبت جملة دوموس "داللة عىل ما تركته‬،‫اخلزيران وأسطوانات الرسوم المتحركة‬ ‫ فقد حركوا‬،‫هذه األعمال من أصداء ركزت بالتأكيد عىل األفكار النقدية والمتباينة‬ ." ‫ما يف األفق ومتكنوا من بناء وجهات نظر جديدة‬ ،”3ajeeb!“ ‫" وباستخدام مفهوم‬.‫ "بوجهات النظر اجلديدة‬،‫نفخر حنن كجامعة‬ .‫حاول المؤمتر تقديم طرق جديدة للرؤية واالبتكار وصناعة وصياغة األشياء‬ ‫أسفرت ورش العمل عن العديد من العجائب الغريبة وأظهرت التجربة ابتكار‬ .‫صوت مجاعي قوي جد ًا مستمد ًا من مدخالت خمتلفة إىل حد كبري‬

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Context Magazine 2014-2015: Issue 4  

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar's annual magazine

Context Magazine 2014-2015: Issue 4  

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar's annual magazine

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