Designing smart city urban environments for the Middle East

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With the population of the Middle East and north Africa expected to more than double by 2050, urban areas are under intense pressure to accommodate this growth, while enabling strong communities which promote healthy, active lifestyles. In this lecture, Atkins’ design director, Matthew Tribe, looks at the key questions which must be answered when planning and designing successful infrastructure.

This presentation was first delivered in April 2014 at the Arab Future Cities Summit in Doha, Qatar.

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Designing smart city urban environments for the Middle East

  1. 1. Designing smart city urban environments for the Middle East Arab Future Cities Summit Atkins Lectures
  2. 2. Matthew Tribe, design director, Middle East
  3. 3. What are the key questions that must be answered when planning and designing successful infrastructure? What else?... Scale? Delivery? Adaptability? Efficiency? The questions are always the same but the answers are always unique.
  4. 4. The future of smart urban design in the Middle East • Long term strategy/blueprint (i.e. Qatar National Vision 2030) • Strong communication – shared understanding of aims and objectives • International best practice design principles - Careful planning - Answer “the questions” - Think holistically - Collaborate, share, learn.
  5. 5. Doha – meeting the challenge • World Cup – a catalyst for new, people focused development • Need to stay focused on end goals - Hosting a successful event - Legacy to meet Qatar National Vision 2030 • “The answers” are in the projects – Doha ready to become a truly smart city.
  6. 6. For more information contact: matthew.tribe@atkinsglobal.com

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