Don’t miss these talks at Cityscape Global 2017

Taking place from 11 to 13 September, 2017, Cityscape Global will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the UAE. The annual barometer for the real estate industry in emerging markets, this year marks the event’s 16th edition.

With over 38,000 participants coming from 86 countries represented in last year’s edition, this year’s programme aims to continue Cityscape’s support of real estate growth, highlighting iconic architecture, significant developments and upcoming investment opportunities.

The Cityscape Global Conference, to be held one day ahead of the event on 10 September at the Conrad Dubai, will further promote the event’s agenda, and will host a range of talks that tackle topics from innovative solutions in mega projects to deconstructing the design process.

Speaking ahead of his presentation at the conference, Tariq Khayyat, head of region for the Middle East at Zaha Hadid Architects, believes Dubai has significantly pushed the boundaries of sustainability by supporting and implementing new, innovative solutions to create a more sustainable city.

“Sustainability is no longer a choice option within the industry,” he said. “One of ZHA’s current projects in the region – the Bee’ah Headquarters in Sharjah – has environmental considerations woven into every aspect of its design. We’ve created a design in response to the natural environment, minimising energy and resource consumption.”

“By marrying innovative digital design with ecological sound materials and sustainable construction practices, ZHA does not look at the disparate parts, but works to understand them as a whole; delivering practical solutions to the defining challenges of our era.”

Tariq Khayyat

The values of executing sustainable practices in building design and architecture were echoed by Carlos Ott, founder of Carlos Ott Architects. Another key speaker at the Cityscape Global Conference, Ott said that his practice has been designing sustainable projects for years, starting with developments in Canada and Germany, and now the MENA region.

“Today, with access to new and more sophisticated materials, technology and population growth and aspirations, internationally, I expect an even faster and deeper change internationally. For example, the substitution of fossil fuels by sustainable ones will force us to rethink our strategies and solutions.”

Themed ‘Reshaping the Industry’, this year’s conference is a full-day forum aiming to provide insights into the real estate and property sector, with a morning session providing a market overview. The afternoon sessions are split between the Real Estate Brokers Programme and the Architecture Programme.

Below, Middle East Architect has looked through the conference’s programme and highlighted the talks that regional architects should aim to attend. With speakers coming in from across the world, the conference looks to introduce audiences to architects of differing viewpoints and experiential knowledge.


Key talks not to miss at Cityscape Global 2017

14:30: Mind over matter: Deconstructing the design process. Opening remarks by Raya Ani, president of the American Institute of Architects Middle East, UAE and USA.

14.40: Breaking through the boundaries. Led by Tariq Khayyat, head of region, Zaha Hadid Architects, the discussion with cover legacy architecture and liberating the design process.

15:00: The chaotic architectural design process: Anything but Cartesian. Led by Carlos Ott, founder of Carlos Ott Architects, this presentation aims to approach architecture without rules.

15:20: Designing for designers: A framework for creativity. Dara Towhidi, partner at Foster and Partners UK will discuss creating sustainable places for up and coming designers, as well as how architecture is inhabited.

16:20: Hatching: Creating natural life in a desert. Fernando Menis, founder of Spanish firm Menis Architects, will walk you through the process of working with concrete and water and dispelling the mystic of water in architecture.

16:40: In conversation with… Sit down for a small talk between the conference’s key speakers including Khayyat, Ott, Towhidi and Menis.

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