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Urban and landscape design in the Arabian Gulf region, webinar

  • Lecture
  • Online
  • 15 June 2020
  • 18:30 - 20:00
Urban and landscape design in the Arabian Gulf region, webinar

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Globally humans consume 150% of naturally replenished assets, which is unsustainable, but in parts of the Arabian Gulf region the figure is up to 2000% in some areas. Furthermore, the population of the region’s cities is predicted to increase dramatically. As discussed in this paper, the growth will have an impact on urban buildings, spaces and surrounding environments as well as on the areas used to fuel and feed these populations and the products they employ.

While people may consider this can never be truly ‘sustainable’ in the traditional sense, there is significant scope for inherent reduction in demands, massive efficiency gains and deployment of non-consumptive renewable resources. Embracing this, a new paradigm for sustainable design in the region is proposed.

We received so many questions from delegates during the live event and got through as many as we could, however, there were many more questions we did not have time to answer. Dr Rob Cooke has kindly taken the time and replied to all the remaining questions we received via the Q&A feature - please see under 'Download event materials'below.


Dr. Robert Cooke

Dr. Robert Cooke

Rob is a Doctor of Engineering and Chartered Energy Engineer with 20 years industry experience. In BuroHappold he has led a range of new initiatives from cutting-edge research to development of new tools and services relating to energy and wider sustainability. Rob applies these technical skills and strategic sustainability thinking across a broad spectrum of project types and scales, from strategy development through design and completion.

With experience of providing sustainable design input for over 200 projects and engagement in 10+ doctorate-level research projects Rob offers extensive knowledge and valuable experience for informing decision making and design. This experience and a commitment to supporting research and innovation has helped many these projects achieve numerous industry awards for sustainable design. Rob was awarded Construction Week Middle East MEP Engineer of the Year 2012, Engineer of the Year in the Middle East Architects Awards in 2013 and the ICE Cooper Hill Memorial Prize in 2019.

Paula McMahon (Chair)

Paula McMahon

Paula’s varied career has included high profile jobs on the Thames Barrier and Hinkley Point. She has managed complex international schemes with large multi discipline design and construction teams. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Paula has worked for Sir Robert McAlpine (SRM) for nearly five years where she now mentors potential ICE candidates for in the North of England and Scotland.

Paula has for very many years been heavily involved with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and is currently the Teesside Branch Chair and North East Vice Chair. She is also a reviewer and sits on the Editorial Panel for the ICE Proceedings: Civil Engineering.

With a passion for engineering, she attends many construction strategy groups where the aim is to discuss the perception of the industry, sustainability and develop plans for positive change.

An active STEM Ambassador for many years, Paula has recently become a North East Apprenticeship Ambassador. As well as speaking in schools and colleges she has also sat on expert panels and helped young people with confidence, employability and career choices.

Paula is also a founding member and Chair of Engineering Together, a diverse and increasingly influential group working towards the same goals to promoting engineering in its many forms.

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United Kingdom

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Gabriella Lai

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