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Platforms for sustainable cities and regions

DAY 1 - Tuesday 16 January 


8.30 - 9.00          Registration and Coffee

                           The sessions will take place in the Lab venue unless stated otherwise.

9.00 - 9.20          Welcome by Platforms / Roudaina Al Khani and and introduction to the Lab

                           Welcome by AUDI / Deputy General Mr. Abdullah Alsubil           Welcome by University of Westminster

Session 1: Sustainable and Responsive Cities 

  • How can a holistic approach to our cities combining different strategies prompt more sustainable, liveable and resilient cities? How to meet the Kingdom Vision 2030?

  • How to meet the Global Development Goals - the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Habitat’s New Urban Agenda? 

  • What are the opportunities and challenges to our architecture, planning and city management?

  • What can the world look like if women are more involved in city making?

9.30 - 9.45

9.45 - 10.10

10.10 - 10.30

10.30 -10.50

10.50 -11.10

11.10 - 11.50

11.50 - 12.00

Responding to challenges facing cities - KSA Vision 2030 

Dr. Roudaina Al Khani, Director and Founder, Platforms

Masculine and Feminine cities: Complementary vision

Debate with the participants on architecture, inclusiveness, quality of neighbourhoods and public space, community involvement etc.

Women role in city design and development, and importance of network

Angela Brady, Director, Brady Mallalieu Architects, Past President of Royal Institute of British Architects, Design Council CABE Built Environment Exert

Sustainable city strategies and sustainability leadership - A holistic approach

Dr. Roudaina Al Khani, Director and Founder, Platforms

Coffee break

Interactive Workshop: Sustainable neighbourhoods 

Kick-Off Paper: Urban Design Interventions for Informal Settlements: The Case of Ghulail, Jeddah

By Architect Students Sarah Abu AlHamail and Bayan Hallak

Group work and presentations moderated by Dr. Roudaina Al Khani



Session 2: Wellbeing in the City 

  • How can cities offer better frameworks around our quality of life, health and happiness?

  • What can we learn from local values?

  • How can cities inspire each other?

12.00 - 13.00 

13.00 - 14.15 

14.15 - 14.40


14.40 - 15.05 

15.05 - 15.30 

15.30 - 15.50

15.50 - 16.10

Envision a better quality of life for tomorrow’s cities 

Urban specialist Marie Dariel, Director of A Thousand Faces, and Architect Declan O’Carroll, Practice Director Architecture and Masterplanning, Atkins

Lunch break


Smart Technologies for more informed policies. Inclusive public spaces

and healthy cities

Dr. Areej Al-Wabil and Aljohara Alfayez, Center for Complex Engineering Systems at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and MIT

Can architecture encourage happiness and wellbeing? 

Nouha Hansen, BA Arch. Director of Architecture, Platforms

Landscape of the City for Memory and Belonging

Tala Bakhsh, BA Arch. MA Cultural and Creative Industries

Debate with speakers and participants on wellbeing in the City 

Moderated by Marie Dariel and Dr. Roudaina Al Khani

Coffee break 

Session 3: Resilience in the City 

  • How can prompting connected and inclusive cities improve resilience?

  • How can preserving urban and regional cultural identities create resilient communities?

  • How to manage the impacts of desertification?

  • How can integrated, multi-scale strategies and collaboration improve community resilience? 

16.10 - 16.30 

16.30 - 16.50 

16.50 - 17.10




17.10 - 17.30




The role of identity in delivering more resilient cities

Georgia Watson, Professor and Research Director of Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University
Using resilience as a strategic engagement tool in cities 

Kieran Power, Principal sustainability and resilience consultant, AECOM 

Building urban resilience in the Arab Region

Nuha Eltinay, Director of Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, Arab Urban Development Institute 

Debate with speakers and participants on resilience in the city

Moderated by Dr. Roudaina Al Khani

Official Lab Dinner - Sky Garden

Included in the registration

DAY 2 - Wednesday 17 January 

Venue: University of Westminster - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment

Session 4: Responsive Architecture and Planning (context, visions and innovation) 

  • How can architects be agents of change and innovation?

  • How to negotiate local settings?

  • How can inspiration be adapted to new contexts? ​ 

09.15 - 09.40

09.40 - 10.10


10.10 - 10.35

10.35 - 10.40


10.40 - 11.10

11.10 - 11.30 

11.30 - 11.55 

11.55 - 12.20

12.20 - 13.30

The Architecture of Ambivalence in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Sumayah Al-Solaiman, Dean of the College of Design, Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University 

Planning for Sustainability and Resilience in Context 

Tony Lloyd-Jones, Director of Consultancy and Research at Max Lock Centre, Reader and Course Leader, University of Westminster 

Planetary Villagisation

Ben Stringer, Senior Lecturer, Faculty for Architecture and the Built Environment

University of Westminster 

Introduction to the architectural exhibition: 

Milton Keynes as a sustainable community- A work in progress

Exhibition visit 

Coffee Break 

Planning in context - A case study from Saudi Arabia

Sustainable socio-cultural guidelines for neighbourhood design in Jeddah

Khadijah Fatani, presenting a paper by Khadijah Fatani, Mady Mohamed and Samah Al-Khateeb, Effat University, Jeddah

Panel debate: The role of architects, architects/planners, local context, inspiration, innovation
Ben Stringer, Tony Lloyd-Jones,
Dr. Faredah Almurahhem and participants

Moderated by Dr. Roudaina Al Khani 

Lunch break


Session 5: Plans and Goals 

London Plan - Goals, priorities and tools - Working for a better city 

Duncan Bowie, Senior research associate, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL 

Vision led planning: to meet the challenges of our cities (Jeddah Plan)

Urban Planner Zainab Alireza, Senior Urban Designer at AECOM

In her place: Luke Self, Associate Director at AECOM  

Debate with speakers and participants - Understanding context and priorities
Moderated by Dr. Roudaina Al Khani 

Coffee break 

13.45 - 14.10 

14.10 - 14.35



14.35 - 15.00 



15.00 - 15.20  

Session 6: Community Involvement - from plan to urban activism 

  • How can community involvement inform city development, city planning and city management?

  • How can the private sector in the new circular economy be a positive agent of change? 

  • What role can women and youth play as agents of change?

  • How can urban activism and NGOs’ involvement be a catalyst of change?

15.20 -15.45  

15.45 - 16.10 

16.10 - 16.35 

16.35 - 17.00 

17.00 - 17.15 

The role of circular economy in community inclusion and environmental sustainability to deliver Vision 2030
Dr. Dina Al-Nahdy, Jeddah, CEO ENTEC

Open spaces transformed our community

Mrs. Zakiah Bandagji, Founder of Friends of Jeddah Park/ Batool Abedi in her place

On the role of women and youth in city management

Dr. Haifa Al-Hababi, Assistant professor, Architecture and Interior Design Department

College of Engineering, Prince Sultan University

Debate with speakers and participants on community involvement 

Moderated by Dr. Roudaina Al Khani 


Free Evening

DAY 3 - Thursday 18 January 

Expert-guided visit to Oxford city
Venues: Oxford Brookes University, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and the Middle East Centre

Trip moderated by Dr. Ahmad Sukkar, Expert in Islamic studies and the architecture- culture relationship.

Session 7: Culture, Heritage and City 1 

What role can heritage play in strengthening communities’ and cities’ sustainability? How to understand the value of heritage in our current practice?
Can vernacular / islamic architecture inspire a new model for sustainability?

08.00 - 09.30


09.30 - 10.45



10.45 - 12.15


12.15 - 13.30  

Travel to Oxford

Visiting the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College.

Meeting the Centre's Director, Professor Eugene Rogan and other academics.

Visiting the building - Building by Zaha Hadid

Visiting Oxford City

Guided trip by Dr. Ahmad Sukker, Expert in Islamic Architectur

Lunch in Oxford

Included in the registration


Session 7: Education - Profession 1 

Venue: Oxford Brookes University

13.50 - 14.20 

14.20 - 14.50 

14.50 - 15.15 

How to prepare urban designers and planners for a competent career with ethics and to meet sustainability challenges

Introduction to the new BA in urban design and planning
Laura Novo, Senior Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design, School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University

Women’s role in the urban design profession 

Georgia Watson, Professor and Research Director of Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University
Debate moderated by Dr. Roudaina Al Khani

Session 7: Culture, Heritage and City 2 

Venue: Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

15.45 - 16.10

16.10 - 16.50 

16.50 - 17.15


17.30 - 19.30



Introduction to Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies by Professor Farhan, Director.

Visiting the building - Building by Abdel Wahed Al-Wakeel

Debate moderated by Dr. Ahmad Sukker.

Travel back to London


Included in the registration

DAY 4 - Friday 19 January

Session 9: A Strong Women Network 

  • How can academic and professional women inspire and benefit from each other?

  • How can questions around our cities be introduced in the different educational programmes to support a holistic approach to cities? 

Strengthening planning education to prepare a generation of professionals with an eye on local development and the SDGs

Dr. Giulio Verdini, University of Westminster, Course Leader Designing Cities BA 

Strengthening architecture and art education

Dr. Effat Fadag, Director of ethics Centre of Art and Design at Dar Al-Hekma University, Jeddah, KSA.

Coffee Break

Culture and heritage through education

Dr. Faredah Almurahhem, PhD. Assistant Professor, Umm al-Qura University, Makkah

Saudi architects and planners between education and practice

Workshop on strengths, challenges and potentials

Led by Dr. Roudaina Al Khani

General Lab reflections and perspectives

Dr. Roudaina Al Khani in dialogue with the participants 


9.30 - 10.00 

10.00 - 10.25 

10.25 - 10.45 

10.45 - 11.10 

11.10 - 11.45

11.45 - 12.00

12.00 - 12.30


Field Trip - Optional 

13.30 - 16.00      Walkable City

                       Study trip acros London historic and new neighbourhoods and spaces

                             Lunch during the walk

17.30.                  Lumiere London. - Light Festival

Thanks to our knowledge collaborators:

Sponsors: AECOM & British Council

Thanks to our sponsors:

Lab Day Sponsor

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