Posted on October 13, 2014
Future Landscape & Public Realm Qatar powered by Project Qatar is a leading landscape and outdoor design conference that will be held on 27-28 October, at the Intercontinental Hotel - The City (pictured), in Doha, Qatar. This conference is being supported by the Ministry of Municipality & Urban Planning, Qatar.
Tom Gore, Managing Director of ACM said: "Future Landscape & Public Realm Qatar will provide an excellent opportunity for landscape and exterior design professionals, urban planners and high-level decision makers to gather together to discuss the latest trends, key challenges, ongoing projects and upcoming opportunities in Qatar's landscaping and outdoor design industry."
Geoff Sanderson, Principal Landscape Architect, AECOM - seconded to President's Office, Ashghal, and Conference Chairman, added: "A conference focusing on Public Realm is a first for Qatar and compliments the initiatives taken by government to create the best possible public realm for the people of Qatar and for visitors. Qatar already has many world class facilities, buildings and tourist destinations as well as the Al Reem Biosphere Reserve. With the massive developments being undertaken it is timely that the public realm be in focus to ensure that both aesthetics and function are in harmony."
The program for Future Landscape & Public Realm Qatar, will feature two presentations by the Ministry of Municipality & Urban Planning on the role of the Ministry in developing Qatar's Public Realm vision and on upgrading Qatar's Public Realm as part of the National Vision 2030 goals.
In addition to the Ministry of Municipality & Urban Planning, the Public Works Authority "Ashghal" will be well represented with speakers participating in two panel discussions on incorporating sustainability goals into Public Realm strategy and on the importance of fully considering the end-user requirements when designing and constructing public realm. The conference is also officially supported by the Qatar Green Building Council and the Qatar Society of Engineers.

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A conference Advisory Board has been formed to include:
• Geoffrey Sanderson, Principal Landscape Architect, AECOM - seconded to President's Office, Ashghal
• Lee Allen, Sustainability Manager, ATKINS
• Mirna Melki Mills, Urban Planning – Public Realm & Landscape, ARUP
Other organizations who have confirmed their participation include: AECOM, ARUP, Arab Engineering Bureau, ATKINS, Hamad Medical Corporation, ICZMP State of Qatar Environmental Hydraulics Institute IHCANTABRIA, KEO, Oman Botanic Garden, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Perkins + Will, Qatar Green Building Council, Qatar Project Management and Qatar University.
Geoff Sanderson, Conference Chairman, highlighted: "There are many professional people in government and private enterprise who have a role to play in achieving a world's best practice public environment. The conference aims to bring together people who have an interest in the success of Qatar. Speakers include those who have key roles in Qatar's public realm as well as those with experience in other cities of the region and the world at large. The audience will add to the collection of skills and opinions vital to the success of such a conference."
Program Highlights include:
• Latest trends in landscape and outdoor design that are applicable to Qatar and the GCC
• Efficient use of water resources and irrigation technologies to minimize water usage and comply with sustainability goals
• Utilizing local and regional plants to create sustainable, attractive outdoor spaces
• Sustainable materials selection and procurement
• Showcasing current and upcoming projects from across a variety of sectors including residential, commercial, public spaces, , healthcare facilities and other cultural and leisure destinations
• Lessons learned and best practice from leading exterior space designers
The Future Landscape & Public Realm conference is being organized by Advanced Conferences & Meetings (ACM), in partnership with IFP Qatar and it will provide a platform for manufacturers, materials suppliers and solution providers to showcase their expertise, products and services, whilst consultants, contractors and engineers exchange best practice and plan for future landscape requirement.
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