Qatar projects showcased at Cannes show
Doha, March 15, 2012
The first Qatar Pavilion at Marché International des Professionnels d'Immobilier (MIPIM), the world’s largest real estate exhibition, in Cannes attracted thousands of visitors, said a statement.
The MIPIM exhibition staged a national pavilion for Qatar as well as a groundbreaking thought leadership event, the two-day Qatar Urban Forum. Only London, Paris and Germany have hosted similar pavilions at MIPIM, it said.
The venue was a showcase for Qatar’s pioneering investment in urban planning, which combines traditional methods and modern technology aimed at safeguarding both the environment and cultural identity.
The $5.5 billion Msheireb Downtown Doha, Msheireb Properties’ signature project involving the sustainable regeneration of the old commercial centre of the Qatari capital, received special attention from the pavilion’s 5,000 visitors during the four days of MIPIM.
Eng Issa Al Mohannadi, CEO of Msheireb Properties, said: “Msheireb Properties returned to MIPIM in a major way but our involvement this year was distinguished as much by the quality of our ideas as it was by the scale of our developments. We are proud to have partnered with leading developers in the country to promote Qatar’s progressive vision and focus on sustainable urban planning.
“Visitors to MIPIM in 2012 were hugely impressed by the imagination and synergies of Qatar’s world-class development companies, as well as the depth of the insights shared by the global industry speakers participating in the first-ever Qatar Urban Forum. Realising sustainable urban development is one of the key challenges facing present and future generations, and Msheireb Properties is showing through initiatives like the pavilion and forum that it has a leading role to play in addressing this challenge,” he said.
Titled ‘Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development’, the Qatar Urban Forum examined two issues at the heart of progressive urban planning – realising sustainability and the green agenda, and retaining cultural, heritage and national identity in the context of rapid globalisation and modernisation.
Lord Richard Rogers, the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, best known for pioneering buildings such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the headquarters of Lloyd’s of London, opened the forum on the first day of MIPIM with a presentation titled ‘Sustainability, Energy and Green Development’, which explored the themes of many of his award-winning designs.
Lord Rogers noted that Qatar had become a genuine world leader in sustainable building. “The most important thing of my lifetime has been the recognition of the importance of the environment,” he said, stressing that the human element needed to be brought back into architecture. Adopting sustainable approaches in urban design was one way to achieve that, he said.
Following the keynote, leading architects and urban designers Professor Massimiliano Fuksas, Emilio Embasz, Emmanuel Blamont and Patrick Bellew considered the definitions of sustainability and a roadmap for implementing a sustainable vision for urban planning. – TradeArabia News Service