AGi architects participated at Big 5 Kuwait, the largest international construction exhibition in the country. Lulu Alawadhi, Senior Architect at AGi architects delivered a lecture on sustainable urban planning and design.
Lulu explained both the features and shortcomings of the current urban model and the analysis tools and how to tap into the local context for better project design. Focusing on Kuwait to perform the consideration for context analysis and taking into account elements such as temperature, wind, sand storms and pollution, she proposed an experimental model that includes changes in design criteria and new methods of information processing (6D BIM) for the development of better buildings and urban environments.
Among the alternative approaches to the current urban model, AGi architects focused on aspects such as the need to focus development within or next existing built-up areas, promotion of good pedestrian public space and green open spaces, mix land uses and the power of architecture and urban design to create a strong sense of community, among other ideas. Examples highlighted around these ideas were the redevelopment of underutilized industrial areas through the creation of the Guggenheim district, in Bilbao, Spain, Centre Pompidou, in Paris, or Madrid Rio in Spain.
In addition, Lulu shared with all attendees the AGi architects’ sustainable model adapted to the local context of Kuwait, including projects like the residential complex Black & White and buildings of collective housing as Green Core and Wafra Living, which implement the concepts presented at this conference.
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