Abu Dhabi University holds first urban planning conference

The Department of Architecture and Design at Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has organised its first-ever international urban planning conference

Speaker at ADU's first international urban planning conference.
Speaker at ADU's first international urban planning conference.

The Department of Architecture and Design at Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has organised its first-ever international urban planning conference held earlier this week.

The two-day conference was headlined by speakers from global architecture firms under the theme ‘Constructing an urban future: the sustainability and resilience of cities including infrastructure, communities, and architecture’.

Speakers include Eike Sindlinger, associate at Arup’s Integrated City Planning Unit in London and professor Shams Eldien Naga, founder of Naga Architects, headquartered in Dubai.

The event addressed some of the common challenges surrounding urban planning in an era of migration and displacement of populations, rapid urbanisation, and dramatic surges in the global population.

In fact, 66% of the world’s population will live in urban environments by 2050, according to a United Nations’ World Urbanization Prospects report.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mohammad Elkaftangui, assistant professor, Architecture and Interior Design at Abu Dhabi University, said: “The two-day conference highlights some of the key global challenges faced by people in urban environments such as population growth, urban sprawl, pollution, and congestion.

“The experts outlined that a multi-sectoral approach needs to be implemented in achieving the priority areas of urban planning – energy efficient buildings, urban mobility with reliable and affordable public transportation, clean energy generation from local sources, waste management and resource recovery, among others.”

 

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