25-28 NOV 2019


Urban Design & Landscape Summit

Alongside the well-established and award-winning Urban Design & Landscape Expo we are proud to bring back the Urban Design & Landscaping Summit taking place on 27th November at Dubai World Trade Centre. This one-day summit will bring the industry together to reflect on the interaction between urban development, landscape design and green spaces. It will also lay emphasis on the opportunities and challenges faced in turning the region green, initiatives taken up by global and local government bodies and work done by the urban design and landscape architecture firms, globally and locally. With the theme - Promoting greener, healthier and more sustainable built environments with best practices in urban and landscape design – the Summit will attract urban designers and planners, landscape architects, municipalities, property developers, parks and resorts, contractors, as well as engineering and building consultants.

  • Creating livable spaces and connecting communities with urban design and master planning
  • Landscape industry pushing the objective of health and well-being of residents and how much of an impact does urban design play on human behavior?
  • Need for cities to be beautiful productive places
  • Promoting Inclusiveness in multicultural societies
  • Role of the government in encouraging and creating better living spaces for the residents
  • Building more attractive, enjoyable, beneficial from a wellbeing perspective communities for the transient cities of GCC
  • Engaging with the residents socially, economically, environmentally, religiously, etc.
  • Case study presentations of some of the most successful communities of the UAE and beyond
  • With technology, the way we plan cities, public realm and infrastructure need to change.
  • Coping with resilience and flexibility - Where are cities going? – smart technology is replacing people. What are people going to do in future cities and how do we plan and design for the unknown.
  • Urbantech in the next big thing – how can big data disrupt and innovate urban landscaping making cities and living spaces to blend together
  • Blockchain technology for agriculture and irrigation? How does that work?
  • Creating compact, walk-able, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use communities centered around high-quality transportation systems
  • Combining city planning, regeneration, and walk-able neighborhoods to lower dependence on a car for mobility
  • Combating the rising concerns around climate change and global energy security
  • Lack of existing regulations by the local authorities for urban planning and landscape
  • What are the government plans to facilitate, regularize and mandate green infrastructure in UAE?
  • Landscape Urbanism and future opportunities – Encouraging public realm guidelines by the government to rethink on the country’s landscape and opportunities for PPP
  • How the design of our cities can impact citizen/residents’ health and well-being?
  • Impact of greening the streets, increased walkability, bicycle tracks and more
  • Responsibility of the urban and landscape designers’ v/s responsibility of the government
  • How can technology help in transforming the existing urban spaces and public realm?
  • Turning unused roof spaces into a productive garden with green roofs
  • Ensuring communal interaction with the natural world through sky rise greening
  • Promoting sustainable living and reducing the carbon footprint with a new type of ‘living’ architecture"
  • Bringing nature into the workplace with vertical gardens - endorsing less stress-free spaces for innovative thinking
  • Green roofs and vertical gardens in commercial buildings
  • Partnering and collaborating with the business community and local government to reshape sustainable future cities
  • High-quality architectural design as a catalyst for better cities
  • Preparing cities for creative economies through improving city infrastructure
  • Encouraging public-private partnership
  • Building on the urban history of reinvention and renewal
  • Thinking more universally about how past, present, and future define urban development
  • Modern element functionality - Looking back on the history and putting it out with new technologies
  • Recreating the old cities with contextual designs
  1. Changing the look and feel of GCC with native plants – research and implementation

  2. Design for everybody - Inclusive design in the built environment

  3. Lessons learned from 3 projects which have been implemented and completed – good and bad lessons

Awarding exhibitors showcasing the most innovative products in the landscape and urban design industry