This highly participatory workshop has shown the interest of technicians in better knowing all social perspectives implied in the city, often hidden and relegated when it comes to taking urban decisions.
During the working sessions, the main features and shortcomings of the currently prevailing urban development model in western countries and in Kuwait have been reviewed. Participants have discussed about the failures of this model which breaks with the traditional city, and has raised the need for introducing urban planning and design approaches which provide a choice to the current model.
In addition, the matter of how to tap on the local context to design more sustainable projects and cities has also been discussed. After analyzing the local context of Kuwait in depth, a need to understand the synergies between city actors, systems and local conditions grows.
The ultimate goal of this public participation process is to achieve better quality buildings rooted on the local context, as well as a sustainable development that involves a long-term benefit to society as a whole.