Evolving Cities: Alamira Reem Al Hashimi & Peter Jackson

Evolving Cities: Alamira Reem Al Hashimi & Peter Jackson

Date/Time: Sunday 13 February 2022 15:00-16:00

Venue: Al Joud Ballroom 3, Hilton, Al Habtoor City

Language: English

Session No: 165 

In the last 50 years, the UAE’s urban centres have seen staggering change. From small community-focused dwellings, they have transformed into some of the most-visited modern cities in the world. From towering new developments to Dubai’s successful pursuit of UNESCO’s City of Design status to the debate over how to use the Expo 2020 site, urban design is the hot topic in the UAE right now. But as cities and their architecture evolve, how relevant is the past in informing the present and the future? Our expert panelists will be discussing how architecture can serve as a mirror of cultural values and the aspirations of a particular community, the role of architecture and urban design in creating a potentially alienating contemporary city versus one that is full of opportunity and a sense of community, and much more.

Join Alamira Reem Bani Hashim and Peter Jackson as they investigate the lessons from the UAE’s history that can guide us on the journey to cities of the future.

Alamira Reem Bani Hashim is the author of Planning Abu Dhabi: An Urban History. A native of Abu Dhabi and an urban planner who has researched the emirate’s development for more than a decade, she is an expert on how the city’s successive rulers have responded to the challenges of their times.

Alamira will be appearing virtually.

Peter Jackson is the co-author of Windtower: The Merchant Houses of Dubai, an exploration of the city’s heritage that was recently republished in an expanded edition covering the merchant community’s role in the city’s growth and what their traditional architecture might offer to better enable us tackle the present climate crisis.

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