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Sustainable planning in Abu Dhabi- lessons and challenges ahead

Sustainable planning in Abu Dhabi- lessons and challenges ahead

Presented by Kais Samarrai: senior planning Manager at UPC- Abu Dhabi Urban planning council

The presentation will examine the transformation of Abu Dhabi since the creation of the UAE and the designation of Abu Dhabi as the nation's capital and will explore in greater detail the most recent planning efforts with vision 2030. The session will highlight some of the valuable lessons learned for planners, urban designers and architects as well as discussing the key challenges facing such efforts with regards to planning for sustainability 


Date: June 26th, 2014

Time: 7:30 p.m.


Location: Creekside


29 May Lecture: DUBAI

Join Bart Leclercq of WSP for our May Dubai Event as he presents

The SHARD: The Engineering story behind the tallest building in Europe


The design of a high-rise structure like The Shard brings various interesting challenges. On this particular project we were designing on a confined plot next to a hospital and an historic railway station. Close to the site there is an underground tube line. The design of the foundations were complicated by existing foundations in the ground. The construction schedule was tight and the design team explored various ways to speed up the construction schedule. This resulted in a Top-Down construction strategy which took a few months of the construction schedule. By playing with the columns and slab construction we managed to eliminate the need of a tuned mass damper and add 4 floors inside the volume of the building. The clever use of cranes during construction will be discussed as well.

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This course has been registered for Continuing Education!   

Space is limited so RSVP soon!




10 May Riyadh Construction Site Tour

Construction Tour: Historic Atturaif Site. 

Atturaif, a precinct on Historic Diriyah, was inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage List in 2010. 
Large scale conservation and restoration of historic mud buildings and a program of modern museums within the site will transform the site into a cultural destination. 

Join us on a tour of the site to learn about the ongoing work and progress to date.

Date:  Saturday, May 10, 2:00-4:00pm.

Please RSVP: Space is limited.

2 Continuing Education Units will be provided.

Location of meeting and other particulars will be confirmed to those who RSVP. 

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14-24 June AA Jordan


AA Visiting School Jordan is a ten-day workshop organized by the world-renown Architectural Association, London - set within the context of Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum. The workshop brings together network of distinguished international faculty who will instruct participants on the cutting-edge of design methodologies in the Architecture, Engineering and Design disciplines today. The workshop will focus on the potential embodied within the natural morphologies within the landscapes of South Jordan; rethinking current design practices and informing new design-research ideas.

The workshop also includes a series of events including guest lectures, panel discussions and open reviews. Confirmed speakers include world-renown designer Ross Lovegrove who will lecture from the Wadi Rum Desert, in addition to Wael Attili of Kharabeesh, and Julia Koerner of UCLA. Participants of the workshop will also receive a certificate from the Architectural Association, London.

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28 & 29 April: Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2014

Dubai will be hosting Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2014 on 28 & 29 April 2014 at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa attracting over 300 senior architects, engineers, policy-makers, developers, contractors and building managers from across the GCC region. The conference will see presentations and case studies from local and international thought-leaders, a showcase of the most innovative building technologies and solutions from around the world. | Register now! | Contact | +97144542135