Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2019

18-19 March 2019
Roda Al Bustan
Dubai, UAE


Summit Program

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» Day 1 - 18th March 2019

» Day 2 - 19th March 2019

Day 1 - 18th March 2019
08:30 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Opening Ceremony & Welcome Address

10:00 - 10:20

Unlocking the Potential of Nature Within our Built Environment

  • Challenges and opportunities facing urbanization and place-making within our 21st century cities
  • Fostering nature as a strategic enabler for connecting people and communities
  • How innovative landscape contributes to the functionality of cities, and eventually elevates the quality of life of residence and visitors
  • The relationship between green spaces, user experience and improving livability of cities and the wellbeing of their inhabitants

Fawaz Alharbi, Senior Head - Master Planning, Jeddah Economic City

Fawaz Alharbi
10:20 - 10:40

Turn Sand into Sustainable Soils and New Methods to Plant Large Areas

  • Addressing and correcting issues with local sands for growing plants
  • How to plant 2 hectares a day with new hydro-seeding methods saving water, labor and assuring plant survival

Joe Betulius, Vice President - Marketing, Profile Products

Joe Betulius
10:40 - 11:00

Green Roofs – Adding More than an Aesthetic Value

  • Sustainable initiatives followed by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority
  • Landscaping - Green Roofs, their importance & challenges

Khalil Odeh Ali Shalan, Senior Vice President - Operations & Facility, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority

Khalil Odeh Ali Shalan
11:00 - 11:20

The Effective Use of Sustainable Timber in Recreational Development

  • What is sustainable timber?
  • Why use sustainable timber?
  • Where has sustainable timber been effectively implemented?

André van Heerden, Managing Director - Middle East & Europe, Cape Reed International

André van Heerden
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Cities, Ecosystems and Climate Change

  • Most successful examples of cities from all around the world achieving great progress on sustainability
  • Specific successful sustainability policies in cities globally, especially related to urban planning and design
  • The role of ecosystems in cities and beyond

Dr. Stanislav Shmelev, Director, Environment Europe

Dr. Stanislav Shmelev
12:10 - 12:30

Creating a Better Play Experience for Children in our Playgrounds

  • Physical activity & active play is critical to children’s good health
  • Healthy bodies & active play contribute to academic success
  • Good play experiences can offer their own learning opportunities
  • Well-designed play environments will aid children’s personal development

Rob Lockhart, Chief Compliance Officer, Dynamo Playgrounds

Rob Lockhart
12:30 - 13:20

Panel Discussion: Innovative Urban Planning and Design to boost Sustainable Infrastructure for Future Developments

  • Physical and non-physical infrastructure helps developers to build better communities
  • Multifunctional design can enhance urban open spaces and parks, thereby helping in reviving communities – an essential requirement for all development projects in the region
  • Developing a sustainable blue green infrastructure to create an aesthetic ambience
  • Challenges urban planners face in integrating a blue-green infrastructure within a community and how can it be addressed

Ala Hason, Senior Vice President, MENA Regional Director, HKS Architects
Andrew Parker, Technical Director - Urban Planning & Design, GHD
Dan Bulmer, Managing Director, Place Dynamix
Deema Aburizik, Design Director - Master Planning, Arada
Shawn Meyers, Deputy Design Studio Lead, InSite Planners and Landscape Architects
Sumaya Dabbagh, Principal, Dabbagh Architects

Ala Hason Andrew Parker Dan Bulmer Deema Aburizik Shawn Meyers Sumaya Dabbagh
13:20 - 13:30

Concepts and Systems for Responsible, Water-saving Landscaping Design

Jure Šumi, Business Development Director Green Solutions, Knauf Insulation

Jure Šumi
13:30 - 14:30


14:30 - 14:50

Towards a Smart Green Infrastructure

  • Linking public open spaces with new technologies
  • Energy self-sufficient public open spaces
  • Rational resource allocation in the public realm

Ben Allgood, Master Planning & Urban Design Principal, Parsons

Ben Allgood
14:50 - 15:40

Panel Discussion: Retrofitting Parks, Plazas, and Playgrounds

  • Tailor-made open spaces are necessary to ensure safety for all
  • Increase social well-being through creative and artful concepts
  • Best practices followed to design in limited spaces through retrofits

Ayub Hassan Algaferi, Head - Parks Section, Al Ain Municipality
Ben Allgood, Master Planning & Urban Design Principal, Parsons
Boris Fabinski, Principal Landscape Architect, SSH
Dr. Hanan Aljabri, Director - Strategic Planning Directorate, Muscat Municipality
Ewa Juszczyk, Senior Associate Director, Benoy
Val Zillig, Urban Planning Advisor, Sharjah Urban Planning Council

Ayub Hassan Algaferi Ben Allgood Boris Fabinski Dr. Hanan Aljabri Ewa Juszczyk Val Zillig
15:40 - 15:50


15:50 - 16:20


Day 2 - 19th March 2019
09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Everything is Connected - Green infrastructure, Landscape, Nature and Wellbeing - A London Case Study 

  • The design of urban landscapes of quality and imagination have the potential to provide transformative benefits to health and wellbeing of city residents
  • Considering cities like London as a landscape network functioning at multiple scales and interdependencies
  • How London is adapting to meet the needs of a growing population and changing environmental conditions
  • Exploring the use of systemic design at a landscape scale, the city as ecosystem

Neil Davidson, Partner, J & L Gibbons

Neil Davidson
10:20 - 10:40

Re-imagining Urban Public Spaces

  • What makes a great urban public space?
  • The impact of smart facilities in creating vibrant public spaces
  • How effective has the integration of public spaces in urban planning been in the region?

Dr. Hanan Aljabri, Director - Strategic Planning Directorate, Muscat Municipality

Dr. Hanan Aljabri
10:40 - 11:00

Plus Urbanism - Seeking an Urban Landscape that Goes Beyond Net-Zero

  • Landscape architecture focuses on the broader interdisciplinary urban field which makes it the ideal medium for synthesizing sustainable design and infrastructure
  • With standards such as LEED being recognized as ‘do less damage’ models of development and this has led to increasing interest in paradigms such as ‘Net Zero’
  • The presentation will aim to outline an approach to landscape urbanism that moves beyond Net Zero towards ‘Plus Urbanism’

Steven Velegrinis, Head - Master Planning, AECOM

Steven Velegrinis
11:00 - 11:50

Panel Discussion - Innovating Landscape Design in Order to Create Livable Cities

  • Urban innovative designs to alter interactions in sustainable cities
  • Green infrastructure design transforming cityscape and also enhancing wellbeing of a community
  • How are urban planners dealing with densification of cities leading to innovative use of space?

DJ Armin, Lead Urban Designer and Managing Partner, ZAS Group
Geoffrey Sanderson, Senior Associate – Landscape Architecture, AECOM
Laila Alawneh Soila, Senior Architect & Master Planner, Arada
Lama Harb, Associate Director, JT+Partners
Leo Gonzales, Senior Landscape Architect, DAMAC Properties
Phillipa Grant, Head - Sustainability, AESG

DJ Armin Geoffrey Sanderson Laila Alawneh Soila Lama Harb Leo Gonzales Phillipa Grant
11:50 - 12:20


12:20 - 13:10

Panel Discussion - Rise of Inclusive Spaces in the Urban Development

  • As UAE is home to over 200 nationalities, what are the key factors to UAE’s success story in its integration of various cultures through urban spaces
  • Common grounds and shared spaces stimulating the growth of green development
  • The future of urban dynamics and its need to be multifunctional

Hrvoje Cindrić, Associate – Middle East Urbanism Leader, Arup
Dr. Issam Ezzeddine, Architectural Design Director, National Engineering Bureau
Marlon van Maastricht, Senior Manager - Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning & Design Departments, Khatib & Alami
Nicholas Lander, Sustainability Director, Jacobs
Robert Shakespeare, Group Design Director, Landscape Architecture, Cracknell
Steven Velegrinis, Head - Master Planning, AECOM

Hrvoje Cindrić Dr. Issam Ezzeddine Marlon van Maastricht Nicholas Lander Robert Shakespeare Steven Velegrinis
13:10 - 13:30

Retrofitting Open Space as a Priority for All of Us

  • Cities throughout the region are laden with potential for retrofitting
  • What are the parameters in understanding community needs and how these can be addressed
  • Innovative open spaces allow a city to connect and provide better quality of living
  • As society transforms these spaces can become a new or renewed hub for our communities
  • Retrofitted open spaces can address environmental need as well as social need

Aaron Booth, Principal - Operations, InSite Planners & Landscape Architects

Aaron Booth
13:30 - 14:20

Panel Discussion – Designing a Sustainable Society along with its Citizens is key for Successful Smart Cities

  • Urban designers need to ensure all designs are eco-friendly and sustainable approaches are followed
  • Citizens adopting a healthy urban identity with increase of healthier infrastructure to do so
  • Adopting practice followed of regenerating urban spaces as seen in Seoul regenerating its High Line and pedestrian friendly community?

Akram Ogaily, Senior Vice President, Hill International Middle East
Ian Rose, Senior Associate, Cracknell
Janus Rostock, Regional Design Director, AECOM
Jonathan Lane, Associate Director and Practice Manager, Planning and Urban Design, Atkins
Hadeel Shaheen, Design Lead, RSP Architects & Planners
Rayya Jawhar, Senior Sustainability Consultant, BuroHappold Consulting Engineers

Akram Ogaily Ian Rose Janus Rostock Jonathan Lane Hadeel Shaheen Rayya Jawhar
14:20 - 14:30


14:30 - 15:30



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18-19 March 2019

Roda Al Bustan
Dubai, UAE



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