Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 27 March 2018

8:30 AM - 9:20 AM Registration, refreshments and networking

9:20 AM - 9:30 AM Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks

Masterplanning and designing sustainable and smart landscaping and irrigation systems for the GCC region

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Effective masterplanning of irrigation networks

Peter Scott, Director Landscape Architecture, Khatib & Alami
This session will highlight the best practices in masterplanning irrigation networks across residential and commercial mega-projects.

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Peter Scott

Director Landscape Architecture
Khatib & Alami

9:45 AM - 10:00 AM Latest trends in urban landscaping: Integrating wellness in urban areas

Morne Fourie, VP Development, North 25
Mirroring the wish of municipalities across the region to include wellness as part of landscaping plans, this session will offer several examples of wellness areas and jogging paths in urban landscapes.

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Morne Fourie

VP Development
North 25

GCC parks mega-projects: Showcasing opportunities and urgent requirements

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Abu Dhabi Municipality’s plans for public parks across the emirate

Benjamin Heydon, Public Realm Consultant, Abu Dhabi Municipality - UAE
With the creation of new parks across the emirate, this session will highlight opportunities in current and upcoming developments as well as underlying the vision of public realm.

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Benjamin Heydon

Public Realm Consultant
Abu Dhabi Municipality - UAE

10:15 AM - 10:40 AM IRENA Headquarters sustainable landscape: Promoting biodiversity and minimising the use of high-embodied-energy materials

Paolo Testolini, Global Head of Design and Masterplanning, Woods Bagot
This session will highlight the landscape design of IRENA Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, which was driven by the ultimate objectives of: conserving water; promoting biodiversity; creating thermally comfortable and attractive external spaces; and minimising the use of high-embodied energy materials.

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Paolo Testolini

Global Head of Design and Masterplanning
Woods Bagot

10:40 AM - 11:30 AM Coffee break and networking

Showcase of upcoming landscaping projects in residential developments

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM Championing innovation in smart landscaping

Steven Velegrinis, Associate Principal, Perkins+Will
As the number of landscaping projects steadily increases, innovation is of paramount importance to optimise water usage and conservation. This session will offer a few examples employed across different projects around the region.

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Steven Velegrinis

Associate Principal
Perkins+Will

11:50 AM - 12:05 PM KSA case study: Showcase of upcoming residential developments and landscaping plans

This session will highlight the upcoming residential mega-projects in the Kingdom, offering an overview of the requirements soon to be tendered.

The future of sustainability: way forward and challenges to tackle

12:05 PM - 12:20 PM Latest trends and innovations in solar irrigation systems

12:20 PM - 12:40 PM Leakage detecting: Mitigating risks in wasting water

Ian Rose, Associate, Cracknell
As water scarcity is a reality in the Middle East, it is important to make wise use of water for landscaping projects and detect leakages as soon as possible. This session will highlight the importance of water conservation and best practices in detecting water leakages in irrigation networks across landscaping projects.

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Ian Rose

Associate
Cracknell
At the core of the sustainability debate in the region, the use of treated sewage effluents water can save money and increase the effective water supply. This panel will discuss various techniques, such as re-injecting water back into the aquifer for later recovery, stored for a prolonged period and pumped through another well, enabling natural treatment or built with infrastructure or an existing landscape, such as a wadi, to enhance groundwater infiltration, as well as enabling natural treatment.

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Morne Fourie

VP Development
North 25
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Titia De Mes

Leader - Water for Industry
Arcadis

Manikath Narendran

Leader - Water for Industry
Arcadis
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Ian Rose

Associate
Cracknell
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Steven Velegrinis

Associate Principal
Perkins+Will

1:25 PM - 1:30 PM Chairman’s closing remarks

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Networking lunch

2:30 PM - 2:30 PM Close of conference day two

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.