Cities and Representations: Small Urban Spaces
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Seminar 2: Small Urban Spaces | Moderators ( Samar AlZwaylif and Deema Aburizik)
This seminar tackles the question of what makes a public space successful? We discuss the work and ideas of major urbanists and architects who shaped their cities and the way urbanists think about public space. Major themes covered in this seminar are place making mechanisms, everyday life in cities, and lived space. We will also discuss how the concepts and ideas covered in the films can help us analyze and design public spaces in Dubai.
Films (please watch beforehand, only snippets will be shown in the session):
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, William Whyte 1988
The Human Scale – Jan Gehl, 2012
Yasser Elsheshtawy - Urban Trend: Multicultural City, Dubai, 2013
Samar Al-Zwaylif is an architect, researcher, and an urban designer who received her Master degree from the Bartlett School of Planning, and her Bachelor of Architecture from the American University of Sharjah. Ms. Al-Zwaylif is an Adjunct Lecturer of Architecture at the University of Sharjah. Her work and research focus on synthesising cultural and urban representations, urban studies, and everyday experiences with design to achieve a broader understanding of urbanism and architecture.
Deema Aburizik is an architect, who has been practicing urban design in the region for the past 15 years. She led Khatib and Alami CEC UAE’s urban planning and design practice from 2009 to 2018, where she worked with major developers and government agencies on high profile projects of diverse nature, spanning from regional and town plans, public realm design, development codes, port planning, and way finding.