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CONFERENCE AGENDA

DAY 1 | 3rd OCTOBER 2023, TUESDAY

REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

OPENING NOTE BY THE CHAIRPERSON

Speaker:
Marwan Houry, Principal – Director of Operations & Head of Architecture, AE7
INSPIRED LIVING – INNOVATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE STRATEGIES IN REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT
  • The need for sustainable and aesthetical landscape strategies
  • Innovative Landscape Approaches for Real Estate Development
  • Sustainable features embedded into projects based on the Case Studies

Speaker:
Jinmo Jung, Director – Landscape, Damac Properties

CREATING RESILIENT CITIES - THE IMPORTANCE OF GREEN CORRIDORS IN BUILDING CLIMATE-RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
  • How will Green corridors enhance urban resilience to climate change?
  • Will this promote community engagement and improve quality of life, particularly in densely populated areas?
  • Will this result in reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the urban heat island effect?
Speaker:
Scott Jezzard, Head of Concept Design, PNC Architects
FIRESIDE CHAT | URBAN TRANSFORMATION - THE MUNICIPALITIES' VISION FOR SUSTAINABLE AND VIBRANT COMMUNITIES
  • The importance of adapting best practices to the unique context of each municipality
  • Discussing opportunities and challenges while designing a world-class city
  • Identifying the power of collaboration and building an inclusive city
Speakers:
  1. Zein Mocke, Director Climate Response Advisory and Environment, Jacobs – Moderator
  2. Hooriah AlBalooshi, Infrastructure Development Sector Planning Advisor, Ajman Municipality & Planning Department
  3. Ghasaq Khater, Senior Landscape Architect, Abu Dhabi Municipality
SHAPING URBAN OASES - THE ART AND SCIENCE OF LANDSCAPE DESIGN FOR INVITING INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SPACES
  • Elevating Well-being in Urban Environments: The Role of Landscape Design for healthy indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Balancing Form and Function: Designing inviting environments in urban landscapes
  • Maximizing Green spaces and beyond: Creating a healthier and more vibrant city
Speaker:
Julija Gruden, Senior Technical Sales & Specification Manager, Knauf Insulation
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK
FIRESIDE CHAT | LANDSCAPE DESIGN FOR A CHANGING CLIMATE - STRATEGIES FOR RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY
  • What are some strategies for proactive planning and preparedness?
  • What are some potential challenges and benefits of introducing technology with design?
  • What are the few sustainable design elements that can help reduce the impact of climate change?
Speakers:
  1. Lukas Sokol, Head of Master Planning, City Design, and Sustainable Planning, Masdar City – Moderator
  2. Dima Rachid, Founding Partner/Managing Partner, Studiolibani
  3. Marwan Houry, Principal – Director of Operations & Head of Architecture, AE7
PANEL DISCUSSION| GREEN URBANISM – THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT
  • Building a sustainable green-blue Infrastructure in an urban setting
  • Changing the public realm – incorporating the socio-economic quotient
  • Developers’ role in creating biophilic cities in the Middle East region
Speakers:
  1. Marwan Houry, Principal – Director of Operations & Head of Architecture, AE7 – Moderator
  2. Fabio Grilli, Design Director, Emaar Properties
  3. Nihal Karagoz, Director – ESG, Dubai Holding Real Estate
  4. Zein Mocke, Director of Climate Response Advisory and Environment, Jacobs
  5. Akram Al-Mahood, Principal Planner, Dewan Architects & Engineers
TRANSFORMING URBAN SPACES – INTRODUCING GREEN METABOLISM AT THE HEART OF CITIES
  • Creative solutions for invigorating urban spaces through innovative landscape design
  • Using vertical and rooftop gardens to add greenery and functionality to small areas
  • Incorporating multi-functional design elements to optimize outdoor spaces

Speaker:
Kourosh Salehi, Global Design Director, LWK + PARTNERS

PANEL DISCUSSION| THE CARBON-CONSCIOUS LANDSCAPE - STRATEGIES FOR REDUCING EMISSIONS AND ENHANCING SUSTAINABILITY
  • Use drought-tolerant plants and trees to save water and sequester carbon
  • Adopt sustainable design practices to reduce waste, energy, and emissions
  • Implement efficient maintenance, like electric tools and composting, to cut emissions from equipment and vehicles
Speakers:
  1. Ahmed ElEmary, Principal Landscape Architect, Jacobs – Moderator
  2. Ali Amiri, Regional Director, Egis
  3. Abdullatif Albitawi, Director, Emirates Green Building Council
  4. Lukas Sokol, Head of Master Planning, City Design and Sustainable Planning, Masdar City
CLOSING REMARKS BY THE CHAIRPERSON AND END OF DAY ONE
WELCOME NOTE BY LUNCHEON SPONSOR:
SUSTAINABLE SHADE: UTILISING NATURAL, RENEWABLE MATERIALS TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING GOALS BY ANDRÈ VAN HEERDEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR, CAPE REED INTERNATIONAL
NETWORKING LUNCHEON

CONFERENCE AGENDA

DAY 2 | 4th OCTOBER 2023, WEDNESDAY

REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

OPENING NOTE BY THE CHAIRPERSON

Speaker:
 Steven Velegrinis, Design Director – Regional Head of Cities and Urban Design, Gensler Dubai
PAVING WAY FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT: THE ROLE OF CITIES IN THE TRANSITION TO NET-ZERO
  • Forging a path for cities to be a solution to climate change rather than a contibutor
  • Creating cities that operate sustainably and build community through holistic master planning, innovation and passive design
  • Understanding sustainability as a convergence of environmental responsibility, social cohesion, and economic viability
Speaker:
Mohamed Al Breiki, Executive Director – Sustainable Development, Masdar City
FROM DESERT TO OASIS - TRANSFORMING ARID LANDSCAPES WITH XERISCAPING
  • How can xeriscaping help to conserve water, reduce maintenance costs, and promote biodiversity in arid regions?
  • Challenges and opportunities of integrating xeriscaping into larger-scale sustainability initiatives
  • What are the key xeriscaping design principles for transforming arid landscapes?
Speaker:
Adrian Matthews, Design Director, Parsons – Design & Planning Studio
PANEL DISCUSSION | ART, SCIENCE, AND SUSTAINABILITY - A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO LANDSCAPE DESIGN
  • The role of art and aesthetics in enhancing the ecological function and visual appeal of landscapes
  • The importance of community engagement in the design process to ensure cultural aesthetics
  • Using landscape design to address pressing environmental challenges
Speakers:
  1. Steven Velegrinis, Design Director – Regional Head of Cities and Urban Design, Gensler Dubai- Moderator
  2. Kerem Cengiz, MENA Managing Director, LWK + PARTNERS
  3. Hani Abdelrazeq, Associate Sustainability Director, AESG
  4. Salim Hussain, Design Director – Architecture, Stantec
  5. Kirby Zalameda, Middle East Design Director – Senior Associate, DLR Group
TRANSFORMING WATERFRONT SPACES – INNOVATIVE LANDSCAPE DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR COASTAL AREAS
  • Creative solutions for maximizing waterfront spaces through innovative landscape design
  • Using gardens edges to add greenery and functionality to waterfront areas
  • Incorporating multi-functional design elements such as seating, storage, and lighting to optimize waterfront outdoor spaces
Speaker:
Frederico Zaniol, Associate Director – Master Planning & Urban Design, Broadway Malyan
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK
THE MISSING MIDDLE: TYPOLOGY AND THE ROLE OF LANDSCAPE IN SHAPING THE MIDDLE EAST
  • How typological thinking can address urban issues?
  • Design principles to integrate morphology and landscape to provide better places
  • Working toward mature neighbourhood structures
Speaker:
Shawn Meyers, Middle East Masterplanning Director, DLR Group
FIRESIDE CHAT | ECO-LANDSCAPING: FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE WELL-BEING IN RECREATIONAL AREAS
  • Understanding environmental landscaping and its benefits
  • What are the benefits of soil additives for effective water management?
  • How can sustainable landscapes reduce air, soil and water pollution or enhance carbon capture?
Speakers:
  1. Christine Espinosa, Associate Director, Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ Architects) – Moderator
  2. Brian Leung, Associate Director – Design, ICON
  3. Giorgia d’Errico, Environment and Sustainability Lead, Egis
PANEL DISCUSSION | CREATING SUSTAINABLE AND LIVABLE CITIES - THE ROLE OF URBAN PLANNING
  • Developing inclusive communities that prioritize pedestrian safety and accessibility
  • Integrating green spaces, such as parks and gardens into urban environments
  • The social, economic, and environmental impacts of urban development
Speakers:
  1. Hussein Mahran, Head of PMO, NAGA Architects – Moderator
  2. Darryl Custer, Managing Director, KEO International Architects
  3. Liam Farrell, Advisory Director – Head of Strategic Planning, WSP
  4. Nidhi Aggarwal, Principal – Urban Design and Masterplanning, WS Atkins
  5. Kairmein Deboo, Director Urban Planning, Arcadis
SUSTAINABLE BIOPHILIC DESIGN: A FRAMEWORK FOR CRAFTING A GREENER FUTURE
  • How does biophilic design principles seek to connect people with nature within built environments?
  • Role of designing energy-efficient structures with integrated green technologies
  • What are the benefits of incorporating biophilic masterplan designs in cities?
Speaker:
Christine Espinosa, Associate Director, Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ Architects)
CLOSING REMARKS BY THE CHAIRPERSON AND END OF THE SUMMIT
NETWORKING LUNCHEON
*This is a draft agenda. Timings are subject to change*