The Future Landscape & Public Realm Qatar – powered by Project Qatar has been officially inaugurated on 27 October at the Intercontinental Hotel – The City in Doha by the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning with more than 100 delegates and participants.
Opening the conference, at The Intercontinental – The City, Geoff Sanderson, Principal Landscape Architect, AECOM and Conference Chairman said: “A conference focusing on Public Realm is a first for Qatar and compliments the initiatives taken by government to create the best possible public realm for the people of Qatar and for visitors.”
Tom Gore, Managing Director of Advanced Conferences & Meetings, organizers of the conference added: “the conference provides an excellent opportunity for more landscape and exterior design professionals, urban planners and high-level decision makers to gather together to discuss the latest trends, key challenges, ongoing projects and upcoming opportunities in Qatar’s landscaping and outdoor design industry and we’re delighted to welcome so many high-level decision makers and important industry representatives here this morning.”
Following the inauguration of the conference by the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning and welcome addresses from Geoff Sanderson and Tom Gore, the opening session of the conference featured keynote presentations from Aecom, Qatar Green Building Council and Perkins+Will and set the scene for the discussions to follow by considering holistic and sustainable approaches to developing Qatar’s public realm.
On the second day of the conference, discussions included two presentations by the Ministry of Municipality & Urban Planning on the role of the Ministry in developing Qatar’s Public Realm vision and on upgrading Qatar’s Public Realm as part of the National Vision 2030 goals. In addition to the Ministry of Municipality & Urban Planning presentations, the Public Works Authority – Ashghal speakers presented panel discussions on incorporating sustainability goals into Public Realm strategy and on the importance of fully considering the end-user requirements when designing and constructing the public realm.
Other organizations taking part included: AECOM, ARUP, Arab Engineering Bureau, ATKINS, Hamad Medical Corporation, Environmental Hydraulics Institute (IHCANTABRIA), KEO, Oman Botanic Garden, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Perkins + Will, Qatar Green Building Council, Qatar Project Management and Qatar University.
Geoff Sanderson, Conference Chairman, highlighted: “There are many professional people in government and private enterprise who have a role to play in achieving a world’s best practice public environment. The conference is bringing together people who have an interest in the success of Qatar. Speakers include those who have key roles in Qatar’s public realm as well as those with experience in other cities of the region and the world at large. The excellent assembled audience is also adding a vital mix of skills and opinions, so I am certain there will be some very valuable discussions over the course of the coming two days.”
Supported by Qatar Green Building Council and the Qatar Society of Engineers, as well as the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning, the Future Landscape & Public Realm conference was organized by Advanced Conferences & Meetings (ACM), in partnership with IFP Qatar provided an ideal platform for manufacturers, materials suppliers and solution providers to showcase their expertise, products and services, whilst consultants, contractors and engineers exchange best practice and plan for future landscape requirement.