CONSTRUCTION PORTFOLIO OF EVENTS
This lecture asks architecture fundamental questions about the age of responsibility that the world is experiencing today. It asks for the first time where architecture should stand with technological progress, social progress and environmental degradation. It will allow for a new approach to architecture to emerge that formalizes approaches to end environmental pressure etc.
James Inedu George
HTL Africa, Nigeria
Director of Contracts
Foster + Partners
Dr. Nasser B. Abulhasan
Principal & Founding Partner
Professor Dr. Sabih Gatea Khisaf
Marwa Al Taffag
Head of the Federal Buildings, Housing and Establishments Design
Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE
Strategic Partnership Manager
Love That Design
How can architects contribute to the evolution of the built environment while safeguarding heritage and securing its future?
Regional Director of Design Technology
Design Director, tangramMENA
Situated in a natural coastal desert landscape, Qasr Al Hosn is the oldest and most significant structure in Abu Dhabi. It began as a conical coral stone watchtower to defend a potable water source. The Bani Yas tribes of the hinterland Liwa Oasis cultivated this strategic area of coastline into a settlement guarded by an impenetrable fortress. This place, fort and people forged a symbiotic relationship. The community and the fort’s appearance were influenced by the local economy, trade and natural resources, as the structure grew from its humble beginnings into a fort and a palatial home for the Ruling Family. The building was a refuge, a physical symbol of unity, the home of cherished rulers, a centre of administration and a place where ideas, innovation and wisdom could be exchanged. Mark’s presentation will outline the significance of this structure and the works that were undertaken by DCT Abu Dhabi to conserve Qasr Al Hosn, which now stands as the nation’s living memorial and the narrator of Abu Dhabi’s history. Through hand sketches, construction photographs and historic images, Mark will illustrate the care and consideration that was taken in the conservation process, re-establishing the building’s context and the Architectural curation of sequence and space through the building’s layers and enclosures.
Head of Architecture
Department of Culture & Tourism, Abu Dhabi
American University of Sharjah
Prof. Albert Fakhoury
Innovation & Sustainability Centre, Canadian University Dubai
Rashiq Muhamad Ali
RqMA Architecture + Design
Architecture Executive Director-Project Delivery Division
Red Sea Global
Formgiving – the Danish word for design – means to give form to that which has not yet been given form. In other words: to give form to the world that we would like to find ourselves living in the future. A task more important than ever, as humans are the greatest force shaping the planet today. To feel that we have license to imagine a future different from today – all we have to do is look back ten years, a hundred years, a thousand years – to realize how radically different things were then than now. The same would be true if we could look forward with the same clear sight. Since we know from our past that our future is bound to be different from our present, rather than waiting for it to happen on its own we have the power to give it form. Formgiving takes you on a journey across time to sense how the world around us has been shaped, from the past to the present and beyond – from the Big Bang to Singularity.
Kai Uwe Bergmann
Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG
Managing Director MEA
Founder | Design Director
Learn what it takes to plan sustainable cities that are shaping the future. The talk will cover various projects under planning by URB covering topics including Smart Cities, Liveable Cities, Resilient Cities, Biophilic Cities, Green Infrastructure, Productive Cities, Empowering Cities, Inclusive Cities and more.