Shurooq webinars to focus on impact of architecture on quality of life

The series will evaluate design practices to benefit architects, designers, students, planners, and real estate developers

Shurooq webinars to focus on impact of architecture on quality of life
Shurooq webinars to focus on impact of architecture on quality of life

The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has launched “Sharjah Designscape” – a virtual architectural talks series that will discuss the current architectural landscape within Sharjah and explore the future outlook and transformation of this field in terms of ideas, concepts, and designs.

The weekly webinars, to be held at 20:00 every Thursday on Zoom, will run from 25 June to 6 August, 2020, and will feature top international and UAE-based industry experts who will lead the discussions on the path ahead for architecture and design practices, and the challenges in planning and designing future cities.

The discussion series designed by Shurooq targets architects, designers, students, community planners, real estate developers, and community members, and aims to encourage them to push the envelope in creating built spaces in which social and environmental responsibilities are seamlessly interwoven to benefit culturally diverse communities of people across age groups.

The discussion series will begin with a session titled "Sustainability in Architecture" led by Dara Towhidi, Partner and Architect at Fosters & Partners; Nada Taryam, Director of Civil and Architecture Projects, Bee’ah; and Khawla Al Hashimi, Director of Projects, Shurooq. The interaction will examine the architect’s responsibility in social, environmental, and regenerative sustainability.

On 2 July, Shurooq will host a discussion on "Socially Inclusive Design", which urges architects to consider the needs of all age groups, genders, races, and abilities, in everything from city-scale to product design.

On the following Thursday, 9 July, Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, Executive Chairman, Shurooq, along with other speakers will share insights on "The Future Trends in City Design".

A discussion on "The Future of Educational Spaces", will be held on 16 July; while on 23 July, the session on “Resilient Cities” will look at how cities can morph and adapt to changes in environmental/social issues.

The frequently debated question in the architectural field, "Can Traditional and Modern Coexist?" will be the focus of discussions on 30 July, while the concluding webinar on 6 August, "Light & Architecture", will provide interesting perspectives on whether form should follow light or vice versa, according to state-run news agency, Wam.

Commenting on the launch of Sharjah Designscape, the Director of Projects at Shurooq, Khawla Al Hashimi, said: “Through this architectural talk series, Shurooq seeks to expand both the professional’s and the civilian’s understanding of the environmental, social, and aesthetic challenges of contemporary architectural practice, and how addressing these concerns are creating some of the most exciting areas for the built environment industry.”

She added: “All existing and ongoing Shurooq developments also give due importance to principles of sustainability, infrastructure capacity, community planning, connectivity, quality of life, and the emirate’s evolving cultural identity, to create quality living environments that best support human development.”

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