The Architecture week aims to showcase the role architecture and spatial design plays in building foundations for thriving knowledge economies and societies. By demonstrating interlinks between the physical environment and socio-cultural systems at multiple scales, the invited experts will share their innovative building and city planning projects and the design process involved that shape human centered conditions for living, education, business and creativity.
The workshop will introduce City Resilience and its relationship to Integrated planning. It will consider the issues faced by actual cities in light of challenges posed by the stresses of mass urbanization, climate change, and unexpected shocks. Participants will be provided with a brief, reflecting political context, economic and social environment, as well as the particular challenges and attributes of the city. They will collaborate to establish a vision for a city, to analyze problems and defining spatial solutions for the city. The aim is for participants to emerge from the exercise with a clearer understanding of what resilience means in the context of a city system. Specifically, they should have developed an understanding allowing them to navigate the emerging and overwhelming language, tools and methodologies to better understand the opportunities associated with the need for resilient cities.
as global populations are becoming more urbanized, public and institutional buildings are rapidly evolving away from exclusive, stand-alone developments and becoming more integrated players in the creation of vibrant urban neighborhood destinations. Through a dynamic, 2-day workshop, we will challenge participants of different backgrounds (i.e. Architects, Urban Planners, government official, Developers etc.) to work within integrated teams to program and design a hypothetical mixed-use institutional development that concurrently addresses societal, economic, environmental and urban planning issues at both a macro neighborhood and specific site scale. Participants will gain insights on how a new model of public and institutional developments can affect the urban landscape not only in form but also can improve the health and welfare of the communities they serve, be a catalyst for urban revitalization and a viable model for emerging public/private developments. Each team will be expected to collaborate, brainstorm and develop a planning solutions to be presented to all the teams from which a preferred scheme will be selected by all participants. This preferred solution will then be developed on the second-day workshop with each team focusing on the development of a specific portion of the selected design. The workshops will culminate in a final presentation which will then be given by the participants to a selected jury of critics (TBD by SNCI). It is intended that from this workshop participants will emerge as champions within their own respective communities to engage both public and private entities to rethink how public and institutional projects can be developed and implemented where they live.
This dynamic 2-day workshop tackles the following questions at both the macro and micro scale:
In any regeneration plans, how can public authorities prioritize which facilities, areas of the city or individual open spaces to tackle first?
What is the value of plans and strategies for open space if there is not much space left?
How do we connect homes in the city with sociable ways that encourage more physical activity such as walking and cycling?
How do we increase contact with nature in the built-up city, in sustainable ways?
With 35 million more people in Saudi Arabia by 2040, how do we design sustainable parks and civic spaces, healthy and attractive neighborhoods?
Delegates will be invited to participate in the above discussions and in exercises to regenerate certain neighborhoods of the city that face typical problems and opportunities.