Steven VelegrinisDirector of Urban Design, Associate Principal
In addition to providing opportunities for physical activity, open spaces located in communities provide economic benefits to residents, municipal governments and private real estate developers. This session will discuss the importance of open space and the design strategies and solutions that should be considered.
- Gain an understanding of how open public spaces can serve as an anchor for revitalizing neighbourhoods and increase the value of residential property
- Learn how a well-planned green space in a community can increase sustainability and benefit the environment
- Discover design and shading strategies that should be considered when planning open spaces in Middle Eastern communities
10:15 AM Community scapes: Planning resilient, hedonistic and sustainable communities in the Middle East
Communities are usually thought of as objects planned in isolation of their cultural and naturalcontexts. Often new communities are themed
through the lens of trends towards health, resilience and luxury – either being one or the other but rarely all things.
This session will discuss Perkins+Will’s view how communities should be a rich mix of healthy, resilient, hedonistic and sustainable places that embrace their natural and cultural contexts, including an exclusive case study about The Mount in Oman. The Mount is Oman’s next wellness living, lifestyle and luxury destination which offers multi-levels of public and private activities and lifestyle embedded within the terrain.