Personalising urban design will be major feature of Cityscape 2015


Architecture and its relationship to people is set to be at the forefront of this 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.


“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 includes 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 Jumeirah Villlage 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: “Its best source of meeting potential clients, as well as showcasing our Model Making work for all developers in the region.”

Tabalioglu Architects are taking a stand at the event to promote, among other projects, its first in Dubai, Crystal Towers which is along Jumeirah Beach and 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 organization, 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 and joyous professional medium for us. Being based in Istanbul we are a part of Western and Eastern world, simultaneously.”

Arch. WT Project will present a new architectural and urban projects on issues of sustainability and the digital age. The company will focus on how smart city planning, combined with new technologies and new generation materials, can transform the urban landscape and bring it in close harmony with the natural habitat.

Interactive multi touch applications, holographic projection, 3D Animation, augmented and virtual reality will be a focus for IXFocus. The firm’s Shameer Thaha said: “Cityscape is a great platform both for us and for our clients to showcase their products using our innovative solutions.”

The event runs from 8 – 10 September.


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