Cityscape needs to reflect changing UAE market

Architecture and its relationship to people is set to be at the forefront of the year’s Cityscape Global, which takes place this month.

Dubai World Trade Centre is the venue for the annual event which is used as a showcase for major new projects.

Architects and engineers join forces with government officials, investors and developers to set the agenda for urban design over the next 12 months.

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“This year’s event needs to focus on architecture and its relationship with people,” said Janus Rostock of Atkins.

“The UAE market is changing and the focus is switching from luxury to the more normal needs of people. These can be apartments, or the space between buildings. I would like to see the coming event be about people, experience, diversity and flexibility.”

In Dubai Atkins’ current portfolio of projects include the Dubai Opera for Emaar, Al Habtoor Residences, the residential element of Al Habtoor City on Sheikh Zayed Road, Suites in the Skai and a residential tower in JumeirahVilllage Circle.

In Saudi Arabia the firm is working on the Prince Sultan Cultural Centre on the outskirts of Jeddah. A key component of the site area is public realm, comprising gardens, urban squares and shaded walkways, all interconnected by a large central park.

Also exhibiting will be 3dr Models who have this year been involved with Mall of the World and Dubia’s Museum of the Future.

Krestina Soshina of the company said: “It is the best source of meeting potential clients, as well as showcasing our model making work for all developers in the region.”

Tabalioglu Architects will be taking a stand at the event to promote, among other projects, its first in Dubai. Crystal Towers is along Jumeirah Beach and is currently entering its final stages of construction.

Spokesman Ozdem Gursel said: “Cityscape is one of the most important real estate and architectural events in the world. It is a very attractive professional medium for us.

“We have been attending the exhibition, awards program and conferences for 12 years, we feel a part of the organisation, there is still, as always, a great opportunity to learn and share.

“In addition, besides being a close neighbor, we are a part of the Muslim world and we know the culture, naturally. The region, open to contemporary living standards, is very attractive professional medium for us. Based in Istanbul we are a part of the western and eastern world, simultaneously.”

Architect firm Benoy will also be at the event. The company has 11 studios across the world, including in the UAE, and works in more than 60 countries.

Culture and heritage shape its design philosophy. The Bahrain Marina Development Project is one of its major Middle East schemes with residential, entertainment, leisure and hospitality facilities, along with a promenade in the capital city of Manama.

Director Paul Priest said: “The masterplan has been inspired by the stunning environment of the region, blending inherent natural beauty with the tangible energy of the city. We are looking forward to delivering a new icon for Bahrain and beyond.”

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