X-Architects participated in a short film that was showcased at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in La Biennale di Venezia. The UAE National Pavilion created an exhibition titled, "Lest We Forget: Structures of Memory in the UAE".
Farid discussed the importance of memory during this time of rapid architectural transformation. The discussion revolved around the theme of contemporary architecture in the UAE which looks to the past – vernacular and modern – as a source of inspiration and problem solving. As practicing Emirati architects, X-Architects addressed the question of how to find a sense of identity in the early architecture of this nation.
Professor Kevin Mitchell and architect Taliq Chalabi also participated in the short film.