The 7th Annual Façade Design and Engineering Middle East conference, which took place from 23-24 February 2015 at the Intercontinental hotel in Doha, was a huge success and the most well attended to date. It attracted over 250 leading architects, engineers and suppliers discussing key challenges faced in existing and upcoming projects, while also providing exclusive insight into how truly iconic façades are being achieved.
Matthew Kitson, Regional Director for Qatar at Hilson Moran, chaired both days of the event – key topics discussed include:
• Establishing how to incorporate intelligent façades to improve sustainability and comfort while lowering costs
• Determining the latest evolutions in glass technology to support the façades of the future
• Exploring how to translate the values of the past into the modern façades of today's cities
• Understanding the implications of GSAS and Estidama rating systems on building façades
• Discussing façade lighting designs and media façades to modernise and iconise buildings
Matt Kitson said: “There were many interesting discussions this year. Of particular note was a topic discussed by Prof. Ali A. Alraouf who spoke holistically about façades, and how designing buildings and public realm is all about people. He asserted that they should be designed from the inside out, considering, reflecting and inspiring their end user.
“Another interesting find, and one that I hadn’t come across before, was a wire meshing product which can incorporate LEDs – it wraps like a veil around a building and can change colour density. It also has solar gain control and control comfort levels. These are just two truly innovative ideas from a host of fantastic speakers and panelists.”