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
08:30 - 09:30

REGISTRATION AND WELCOME COFFEE

09:30 - 09:45

MC OPENS

09:45 - 10:00

Welcome Address by the Guest of Honor

10:00 - 10:20

Urban Green Space Management @ EXPO 2020

  • Driving creation of more green spaces in the UAE & Dubai – Plans at EXPO 2020
  • Laying the plans for landscape design implementation at the EXPO 2020 site
  • Sustainability – Guidelines & strategies to achieve the objective
10:20 - 10:40

Innovative & Sustainable Hardscaping Solutions in the Middle East

  • Thinking beyond the turf – How do hardscape elements enhance outdoor appeal?
  • Creating distinct cultural identities using hardscape materials – Understanding the role of hardscaping in landscape design
  • Revitalizing public spaces with hardscaping – An amalgamation of design & technology
10:40 - 11:00

Leading the Transformation to a Green Paradise – Dubai’s Landscape Design Driven Approach

  • Importance of regulations & guidelines – Green spaces & landscaped areas now mandatory for approval of new developments
  • Green spaces for urban settings – Potential growth for regional landscaping projects?
  • Cities & urban biodiversity – The importance of innovation in green space improvements around the Middle East
11:00 - 11:20

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?
11:20 - 11:50

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK & VISIT TO NETWORKING LOUNGE

11:50 - 12:30

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
12:30 - 12:50

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

  • Employing solid design skills, technical expertise and thorough planning to achieve that ‘effect’
  • Exploring LED lit landscapes & low-voltage landscape lighting
  • Combating light pollution – Controlling light, minimizing light trespass, brightness & blue-light emissions
  • Picking the right design practice – Illuminating the most beautiful outdoor design elements & creating that ambience
  • Overview of landmark projects in the Middle East & showcasing outdoor space lighting
12:50 - 13:30

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

  • Exploring the Zabeel Saray flyover case study – An artificial forest project
  • Redesigning urban spaces to meet the city’s ever-evolving needs
  • The future of urban landscaping architecture and understanding how cities adapt
13:30 - 14:30

NETWORKING LUNCH

14:30 - 14:50

Incorporating Playspaces within Urban Cityscapes – Delivering on Leisure, Entertainment & Tourism

  • Developing natural playscapes and creating outdoor learning spaces
  • Utilizing the outdoor environment – Importance of natural playscape design
  • Providing rich outdoor experiences for citizens – Seeing the landscape as a playscape
14:50 - 15:10

In-Depth Case Study – The Kalba Eco-Tourism & Park Project

  • Transforming Kalba as an authentic eco-tourism destination
  • Eco-friendly mixed use master development – Harnessing Kalba’s natural beauty & tourism potential
  • Enhancing the natural eco-system while maximizing tourism opportunities
  • Nature preservation programs operating hand-in-hand with education centres & environmental awareness programs
15:10 - 15:50

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

  • Putting together a sustainable urban identity – Dubai Master Plan 2020
  • The compact city approach – Improving city walkability & livability
  • Understanding the developer’s role in addressing resident transit times & improving city-connectivity
  • Developing a transit-oriented city masterplan to improve citizen happiness
15:50 - 16:00

MC CLOSES

16:00 - 16:30

REFRESHMENTS & VISIT TO NETWORKING LOUNGE

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

NETWORKING & MORNING REFRESHMENTS

09:50 - 10:00

MC OPENS

10:00 - 10:20

The UAE Green Agenda & an Update on Progress Towards Vision 2021

  • Enabling an inclusive green economy – Developing green energy with innovation & diversification
  • Green investments & developing a sustainable environment in line with Vision 2021
  • Driving clean energy actions towards climate change & contributing to a greener society
  • Leveraging green technologies for the sustainable use of natural resources
10:20 - 10:40

Smart Landscape Irrigation – Going Green while Keeping it Sustainable & Commercially Viable

  • Understanding what works for the Middle East region – An overview of technological advancements in landscape irrigation design
  • Landscape drainage design & hydraulic trouble-shooting
  • Water features in your landscape project & lake management
10:40 - 11:00

Smart Waste Management: The Application of Waste in Landscape Environment Restoration & Solutions for the Industry

  • Urban waste management for smart cities – A critical element of sustainable landscape design
  • Innovative turnkey waste management solutions – User friendly, environment conscious, recyclable, flexible and sustainable
  • Case-study of successful waste management applications – Exploring underground & semi-underground systems
11:00 - 11:20

The New Paradigm in Landscape Architecture: Creation of Sustainable Urban Spaces that Strengthens the National & Brand Identity

  • True landscape designs that create & represent a brand identity
  • National place making & trends: Landscapes that breed territorial marketing
  • Overview of popular city environments: Multi-ethnicity & bio-diversity in a landscape project
11:20 - 11:50

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK & VISIT TO NETWORKING LOUNGE

11:50 - 12:30

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?
12:30 - 12:50

Turf Talk – Successful Golf Course Design & Management in the Middle East

  • Landscape architecture design for golf courses & sports facilities in the Middle East
  • Overcoming challenges in the upkeep of golf courses in arid regions
  • Overview of irrigation & drainage designs for golf & sporting facilities in the region
  • Technology in landscaping – Smarter & autonomous management of irrigation
12:50 - 13:10

Edible Gardens – A Growing Concept & Trend in the Middle East

  • Growing edible flowers and other vegetation
  • Dubai Municipality’s ‘Grow Your Food’ campaign – How to get involved?
  • Exploring the benefits and advantages of an edible garden
13:10 - 13:30

Sustainable Landscape Urbanization – Understanding What is at Stake

  • Conservation of water resources by installing smart grass
  • Keeping the region verdant with different variations of greenery
  • Sustainable management of urban greenspaces
  • Maintaining the ideal balance of technology implementation for the conservation of natural resources
13:30 - 14:30

NETWORKING LUNCH

14:30 - 14:50

Sustainable Living Walls & Green Roofs as Design Materials – Opportunities for Green Walls & Vertical Landscapes

  • Vertical planting – Combating air pollution to create quality outdoor spaces
  • Integrating nature & architecture – Positive impacts on societal attitudes
  • Understanding the real benefits of green walls – Positive contributions for your project
  • Covering projects in greenery – Is this the latest trend or a necessity?
14:50 - 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
15:30 - 15:40

PRIZE DRAW & MC CLOSES

15:40 - 16:10

NETWORKING COFFEE BREAK & VISIT TO NETWORKING LOUNGE

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7-8 May 2018

Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Dubai, UAE

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