Selected Presentations See All Speakers

  • Hai Qiu
    Managing Director

  • Christopher Fannin
    Managing Director
    INSITE Landscape Architects

  • Amitabh Kumar
    Senior Vice President
    Puranik Builders Limited

  • Chengde Huang
    Technical Director
    China Southern Glass

  • Chris Wan
    Head of Design Management

  • Angela Mejorin
    Research Assistant
    Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

  • Timothy Kelly
    Senior Vice President, Operations and General Manager
    Kerzner International

  • Sascha Brozek
    Senior Vice President, Major Projects

  • Rod Green
    The Environment Group

  • Mark O'Connor

  • Nicola Tollin
    Professor WSR in Urban Resilience
    University of Southern Denmark

  • David Moncholi Badillo
    Director Mobility at Consultancy Department

  • Rainer Strauch
    Cree by Rhomberg

  • Kenneth Turner

  • Yusuf Zahit Gündogdu
    Miyamoto International Turkey

  • Ron Bakker
    Founding Partner
    PLP Architecture

  • Mohammad Albataineh
    Global Executive
    IBM Corporation

  • Ivar Krasinski
    Founding Partner, Design Director

Conference Synopsis

The era of the traditional Metropolis, fanning out in waves of decreasing density from a single core central business district, may be coming to an end. As we approach the new normality of cities housing 10 million or more inhabitants, those best positioned for the future are evolving along polycentric, multi-nodal lines, with several central business districts, ideally all offering something slightly different to the urban inhabitant. When focused around transit nodes and well-planned infrastructure, embracing high density, public space and civic functions, this amalgamation of “several cities within a city” perhaps offers the best opportunity for a sustainable future for the many millions of people who will move into cities over the coming decades.

There is perhaps nowhere that demonstrates this concept better than our host city for the core of the 2018 conference, Dubai. Indeed, it could be argued that Dubai, a city that has largely risen in just three short decades, is a pure result of this de-centralized urban approach, comprised as it is of evocative-sounding districts – Downtown Dubai; Business Bay; Dubai Marina; Festival City; Palm Jumeirah; and several others. New “centers” are still being added, including Midtown; Emirates Business Park; Meydan One; and Dubai Creek Harbour, anchored by the under-construction Dubai Creek Tower. The same is true of many Middle Eastern cities, and most certainly our second host city for the conference, Abu Dhabi, where the drive toward polycentrism has been accompanied by a profound and concerted effort to forge a unique urban and architectural identity.

Equally as important as the centers themselves is the infrastructure that connects them. To enable the creation of new urban centers that match the socioeconomic intensity of longstanding metropolitan hubs, we must devise practical means of transportation that maximize geographical access and provide extensive city services, not just in the horizontal direction, but vertically. Such systems will progress the concept of transit-oriented development along a course of natural evolution, to polycentric city-building.

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