Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2018

7-8 May 2018
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE

Summit Program

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Day 1 - 7th May 2018
08:15 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

What Would You Do With This Space? Creating Thriving, Inclusive & Sustainable Public Urban Communities

  • Bringing together landscape architecture, developers & youth spaces
  • Targeting the youth – Understanding the different types of individual involvement
  • An exploration of public spaces that promote communities & youth activity
  • Youth outdoor recreation space strategy – Have you included this aspect in your community?


Shawn O Takidden, Director of Hospitality Development, Emaar

Shawn O Takidden
10:20 - 10:40

Native Plants in Landscape Projects

  • Trying to find solutions in order to facing the hard environments and hard conditions
  • Starting with pilot project by using native plants
  • Applying the native plants in the landscape project after studying which type is more suitable
  • Observations & lesson learned


Ayub Hassan Algaferi, Head of Parks Section, Al Ain Municipality

Ayub Hassan Algaferi
10:40 - 11:00

Lighting Up Landscapes & the Public Realm – Making Light Work Its Magic after the Sun Goes Down

  • Innovative glow at night in the dark systems for floorings and vertical surfaces.
  • Long lasting systems with high performance and eco-friendly due to energy saving.
  • Sport and playground floorings for all landscape areas with long time warranty.


11:00 - 11:20

Rain Bird Smart Irrigation for Homeowners

  • Water Savings for Residential Homeowners prove to be a significant opportunity.
  • Rain Bird Legacy in pioneering and leading the irrigation industry in Smart and Intelligent Irrigation Solutions.
  • Newest RVAN Nozzles complete Line-Up along with the Latest WIFI enabled Controllers are both vital to a Smart Irrigation Home.


Rammi Khalil, Technical Specification Manager – UAE, Rain Bird International

Rammi Khalil
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Sustainable Landscape – Understanding What is at Stake

  • Resources management and conservation – Role of technology
  • Natural systems preservation and enhancement
  • Social and economic value creation


Rayya Jawhar, Senior Sustainability Consultant, BuroHappold Consulting Engineers

Rayya Jawhar
12:10 - 12:30

Natural or Synthetic Thatch
Are You Making the Smart Choice?

  • Creating sustainable structures for the commercial and residential market
  • The importance of selecting the right product for the right environment
  • Ensuring professional installation by accredited contractors


André van Heerden, Managing Director, Cape Reed International

André van Heerden
12:30 - 12:50

Only Good Design Can Save the World

  • What is a good design? About the deeper rationale of building new products
  • What is the ecological importance? On immortal ideas and positive impact
  • Design methodology implemented – Traces to treasure


Dirk Wynants, Founder, Extremis

Dirk Wynants
12:50 - 13:10

Outdoor Playgrounds – Benefits; Risks and Choices

  • Benefits of outdoor play
  • Risks at Playgrounds – Safety standards
  • Design and materials



Mario Mehlig, Managing Director and Partner, Landscape Architect & CPSI, ABC-TEAM Playgrounds

Mario Mehlig
13:10 - 13:30

Incorporating Playspaces within Urban Cityscapes – Delivering on Nature

  • Developing natural playscapes and creating outdoor learning spaces
  • Utilizing the outdoor environment – Importance of natural playscapes design
  • Providing rich outdoor experiences for citizens – Seeing the landscape as a playscapes


Farah Mekkawi, Landscape Architect, Aecom

Farah Mekkawi
13:30 - 13:40

Lunch Sponsor Address


Ralf Stahl, Managing Partner, Zeoplant

Ralf Stahl
13:40 - 14:40


14:40 - 15:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Green Urbanism – The Future of Sustainable Urban Development

  • Transforming the city’s public realms with the use of green elements
  • Achieving green urbanism – Shaping communities positively
  • Innovative landscape techniques to develop spaces & improve resilience


Ahmed Aqel, Head - Landscaping & Irrigation, Engineering Office
Ben Allgood, Director of Urbanism - Master Planning + Architecture, Parsons
Eng. Hussain Al Saeedi, Head of Standards and Studies, Abu Dhabi City Municipality
Hanna Zaidan, Area Manager - Gulf Countries, Hunter Industries
Hichem Trache, Senior Associate Director, Callison RTKL
Paul Mellor, Head of Department, Landscape Architecture, KEO InSite

Ahmed Aqel Ben Allgood Eng. Hussain Al Saeedi Hanna Zaidan Hichem Trache Paul Mellor
15:30 - 16:20

Interactive Panel Discussion: Sustainable Blue-Green Infrastructure as the Building Blocks of a Perfect Urban Setting

  • Exploring the design principles to develop blue-green infrastructure that works for our cities
  • Planning & design strategies for a healthy urban living environment
  • How do we make our cities more livable? Blue-green infrastructure & its impact on society

Aisha Al Muhery, Head of Natural Resources Protection Section, Dubai Municipality
Alan Whiteley, Associate Director, Arcadis Dubai
Farah Naz, Team Leader, Sustainability Associate, BuroHappold Asia India and Middle East (AIME)
Kevin Ashford, Global Technical Lead, Soil & Water Technologies, UPL Ltd
Phil Dunn, Landscape Director, The Sustainable City

Alan Whiteley Farah Naz Kevin Ashford Phil Dunn
16:20 - 16:30


16:30 - 17:00


Day 2 - 8th May 2018
09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Protect the Planet: Green Curtain Projects for Sustainable Development Education

  • Utilization of green curtains as part of a sustainable landscaping model
  • Fostering of a sustainability mind-set
  • Development of an intrinsic appreciation for nature
  • Promotion of sustainable development awareness in communities


Dr. Ikko Tucker, Co-Chair & Associate Professor - Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Zayed University

Dr. Ikko Tucker
10:20 - 10:40

Industry Report – Cities Alive: Rethinking Cities in Arid Environments

  • The origins and impact of a climate inappropriate city making paradigm in a changing world
  • The role of the Arabian Gulf region as the champion of sustainable arid cities of the future
  • The case for a rethink and emancipation of arid cities and a call to collaboration and action


Hrvoje Cindric, Associate, Middle East Urbanism Leader, Arup

Hrvoje Cindric
10:40 - 11:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Urban Streetscapes that Promote Walking & Cycling – Delivering Healthier Lifestyles & Happiness

  • Putting together a sustainable urban identity with streetscapes and master planning
  • The compact city approach – Improving city walkability & livability
  • Understanding the urban planner’s role in improving city-connectivity
  • Developing a transit-oriented city masterplan to improve citizen happiness

Dr. Rim Meziani, Associate Professor, Architecture and Design Department, Abu Dhabi University
Eleni Malamateniou, Senior Urban Planner/Design Architect, Dorsch
Leo Gonzales, Senior Landscape Architect, Damac Properties
Mansoor Ahmed, Director - MENA Region, Colliers International
Omar Al-Battaineh, Associate, Transport Planner, Arup
Paolo Testolini, Head of Urban Design and Masterplanning, Woods Bagot

Dr. Rim Meziani Eleni Malamateniou Leo Gonzales Mansoor Ahmed Omar Al-Battaineh Paolo Testolini
11:30 - 12:00


12:00 - 12:50

Interactive Panel Discussion: Transforming the Public Realm – Adapting Urban Public Environments for Citizen Happiness

  • Prioritizing city-livability & citizen happiness – Achieving progress with urban landscapes
  • Evaluating improvements in the functionality of public spaces – What’s the way forward?
  • Greenspaces for citizens – Effectively blending society, economics & environment
  • Importance of urban public recreational spaces & how can landscape design play a role?

Ayub Hassan Algaferi, Head of Parks Section, Al Ain Municipality
Geoffrey Sanderson, Senior Associate Landscape Architect, AECOM
Maja Gligic Bosse, Head of Landscape, Azizi Developments
Peter Cottingham, Principal, Cottingham Design Group
Robert Shakespeare, Group Design Director, Cracknell
Val Zillig, Urban Planning Advisor, Sharjah Urban Planning Council

Ayub Hassan Algaferi Geoffrey Sanderson Maja Gligic Bosse Peter Cottingham Robert Shakespeare Val Zillig
12:50 - 13:40

Interactive Panel Discussion: Implementing Innovative Techniques & Design in Urban Landscape Architecture

  • Redesigning urban spaces to meet the city’s ever-evolving needs
  • The future of urban landscaping architecture and understanding how cities adapt
  • Revitalizing public spaces with hardscaping – An amalgamation of design & technology

Ben Piper, Partner and Design Principal, Killa Architectural Design
Benjamin Heydon, Landscape Consultant, Abu Dhabi City Municipality
Don Sharp, Director of Landscape Architecture - MEA, Parsons
Laila Alawneh Soila, Senior Architect and Urban Planner, ARADA
Peter Scott, Director - Landscape Architecture, Khatib & Alami
Steven Velegrinis, Head of Master Planning and Director of Operations, AECOM

Ben Piper Benjamin Heydon Don Sharp Laila Alawneh Soila Peter Scott Steven Velegrinis
13:40 - 13:50

Address by Lunch Sponsor



Nishan Suvarna, Project Director, Bluestream

Nishan Suvarna
13:50 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00


Agenda is subject to change

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7-8 May 2018

Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE



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