Happiness in the city: Redesigning Urban Living with Reinier de Graaf, OMA
The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), the UK Department of International Trade (DIT), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the College of Architecture at Kuwait University are delighted to bring this exclusive event to Kuwait City.
The one-day Symposium will bring together leaders in culture, creativity and technology from across the Gulf and UK to explore how the built environment influences happiness and wellbeing. Like many cities in the Middle East, prosperity during the late twentieth century has led to rapid development in Kuwait that fundamentally changed the experience and quality of life of citizens, not necessarily for the better.
Using Kuwait City as a reference, our expert speakers will examine how design and developments in technology can be harnessed to create successful, smart and resilient cities. Through a series of round table discussions, workshops and seminars the event will consider the questions:
- What makes a happy city?
- How do we define and plan for a sustainable happy environment?
- What resources and collateral are required to ensure wellbeing and happiness?
We are thrilled to announce that Reinier de Graaf, Partner at OMA in Rotterdam will be the keynote speaker for the day.
Reinier leads OMA’s projects in the Middle East and co-founded AMO, the think tank of OMA, and has overseen AMO’s increasing involvement in sustainability and energy planning. AMO delivered the ‘Gulf Continued’ at the Istanbul Biennial in 2010 and Reinier led on the recently completed Concrete in Dubai, shortlisted for the Aga Khan awards and also produced the Kuwait Al Rai masterplan design in 2006.
There will also be chance to hear from 12 other expert speakers in the shorter workshop sessions that will include Wiel Arets Architects, Buro Happold Engineering, Wafra, Rafael Portillo, Fielden Clegg Bradley Architects, Weston Williamson Architects, The Palladium Group and Arup as well as specialists from Kuwait University.
Delegates will also have the chance to hear from Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin Director General of KFAS and HE Michael Davenport FCO, Alan Vallance, CEO of the RIBA and Dr Asseel Al-Ragam, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Research and Graduate Studies at the College of Architecture, Kuwait University.
The relationship between happiness and the social and economic success of cities will also be discussed with the aim of providing architects, engineers, developers and city planners with the knowledge and skills to create healthy, happy and sustainable cities for future generations.
Don’t miss out on this unique event, book now for what promises to be a fascinating day.
8.30am Registration & coffee
Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin DG KFAS
HE Michael Davenport FCO
9.10am Introduction / Kuwait context
Alan Vallance CEO RIBA
Dr Asseel Al-Ragam, Vice Dean Kuwait University College of Architecture
9.30am Lead panel – Who makes our cities happy and how
Peter Murray (NLA), Reinier de Graaf (OMA), Dr Mohammad Al Jassar (KU) & Sharifa Al Shalfan (Architect) Moderator: Alan Vallance
10.00am Expert workshops briefing
• Rafael Portillo (Artist and Architect)
• Wiel Arets (Wiel Arets Architects)
• Chris Williamson (RIBA VP International)
10.10am Coffee break
10.20am – 11.20am Morning Workshop sessions:
Room 1: Rafael Portillo (Artist and Architect)
Room 2: Ian Taylor (Fielden Clegg Bradley)
Room 1: Wiel Arets (Wiel Arets Architects)
Room 2: Farah Naz (Buro Happold)
Room 1: Chris Williamson (RIBA VP International)
Room 2: Sinéad Magill (Palladium)
11.20am Panel discussion x Audience Q&A
12.40pm PRAYER TIME & LUNCH
1.00 pm – 2.30pm Afternoon Workshop sessions
Room 1: Richard Waterhouse (NBS)
Room 2: Mercedes Gargallo (ARUP)
Room 1: Jo Bacon (Allies and Morrison)
Room 2: Noor Al Boushehri (Architect)
Room 1: Hessa Al Bader (WAFRA)
Room 2: David Weatherhead (HOK)
2.30pm Panel discussion x Audience Q&A
2.50pm Coffee break
3.00pm Plenary Outcomes from the day
Moderator: Peter Murray
Reinier de Graaf, Rafael Portillo, Wiel Arets, Chris Williamson
3.30pm Closing Keynote
Reiner de Graaf
Q&A moderated by Alan Vallance
4.20pm Next Steps
Dr Adnan Shihab-Eldin DG KFAS