Dubai hosts sustainable cities summit

Global experts in sustainability gather in Dubai tomorrow for the Dubai Sustainable Cities Summit, the first event of its kind after last week’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. Organised by the Dubai Land Department (DLD) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep), the summit will debate new ideas in efforts to combat climate change, including the concept of Biomimicry, an approach to design and innovation that integrates nature’s tried-and-tested formulas as a basis for sustainable solutions.

“Design integration, technology, behaviour and measurement are the key topics that contribute towards making a city more efficient,” said Majida Ali Rashid, Deputy Director General of the DLD. “We have gathered more than 30 local, regional and global experts to speak and participate in panel de bates to inspire new innovations that will help Dubai and other cities around the region learn from their wisdom and plan for the future.”

Natural science writer and inspirational speaker Janine Benyus, founder of Biomimicry 3.8, will make a presentation showing how crucial design lessons can be learnt from nature. Another first-time speaker, award-winning writer, speaker and foresight consultant Alex Steffen, will conduct a session on design, innovation and policies that can transform cities into low-carbon engines of prosperity.

Assaf Biderman, Director of the Senseable Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will provide examples how technology can aid in developing solutions to address sustainability challenges. There will also be presentations from other tech companies, including the transport innovations from Uber. Focusing on sustainable social entrepreneurship and the younger generation, Ahmed Ashkar, CEO of the Hult Prize, will lead a session debating the economic impact of sustainable practices, measuring their performance and outcomes.


Source: Property Weekly PW


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