Summary Program

Day-1 May-8
9:00 - 9:30
Session:1

THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF HUMANIZATION PROJECTS
Keynote Speech
Theme: The Economic Side of Humanizing Cities

H.E. Mohammed Altwejri
Minister of Economy and Planning

Chairman: Dr. Thamir Almotairi, Deputy Secretary General, Center for Local Governance

9:30 - 10:30
Session:2

CITIES AS ENGINES OF HUMAN WELL-BEING
Keynote Speech
Theme: Human Cities - Principles & Practices

Dr. Michael Mehaffy
Director of the Future of Places Research Network & Executive Director of the Sustasis Foundation

Chairman: Dr. Adel Aldosary, Dean of College of Architecture and Planning, KFUPM

10:30 - 10:45
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Break

10:45 - 12:00
Session:3

Panel Discussion– Saudi Mayors Dialogue
THE SAUDI EXPERIENCE OF HUMANIZING CITIES

Theme: Governance for Human Cities & The Role of Local Authorities

  1. H.E. Eng. Mohammed Alamri                          Mayor of Almadinah
  2. H.E. Eng. Saleh Almulhim                                 Deputy Mayor of Services, Eastern Province
  3. H.E. Eng. Mohammed Aldowsary                   Mayor of Alqassim Region
  4. H.E. Dr. Ali bin Mohammed Al-Sawwat         Mayor of Al Baha

Chairman: Dr. Saleh Al-Hathloul, CEO of S Alhathloul Development, Professor at King Saud University and former Deputy Minister of MOMRA

12:00 - 13:00
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Duhur Prayer & Lunch

13:00 – 13:30
Session:4

HUMANIZING MADINAH - CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES & PERSPECTIVES

Theme: Human Cities - Principles & Practices

Dr. Galal Abada
Advisor, Urban Design and Development, Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah Development Authority and Associate Professor, Ain Shams University, Cairo

Chairman: Dr. Wasim A. Orfali, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Taibah University

13:30 - 14:00
Session:5

HUMANIZING SAUDI CITIES
Theme: Human Cities - Principales & Practices

Qassim University Students Outlook

Presented by Prof. Moustafa Gharieb Moustafa Abdou, Professor of Architecture & Urban Design, Qassim University

Chairman: Dr. Thamir Almotairi, Deputy Secretary General, Center for Local Governance

14:00 – 15:00
Session:6

INNOVATIVE HUMANIZATION CASE STUDIES FROM ACROSS THE ARAB WORLD

Theme: Human Cities - Principles & Practices

   
1.    Participatory Design as a Tool for Humanizing the Built Environment: The CSBE School Grounds Development Project in Amman
       Dr. Mohammad Al-Asad
       Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment, Jordan

2.    Humanizing the City of Riyadh
       H.R.H. Saud bin Nahar
       Head of Transit Oriented Development, Arriyadh Development Authority

3.    Abu Dhabi’s Humanization Experience
        Lukas Sokol
        Urban design manager at the Urban Planning Council Abu Dhabi

       

Moderator: Dr. Mashary Al Na’im, Professor of Architecture and Criticism at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University (Dammam University)

15:00 – 15:45
Session:7

STRATEGIES FOR HUMANIZING SAUDI CITIES
1. MOMRA’s Humanization Program
    Dr. Ibrahim Al Bathi (Consultant of the Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs)
2. Sports for Society as a Strategy for Human Cities
    Mr. Khaled AlBaker (Assistant of the Executive Chairwoman for the Societal Sports, Princess Rima bint Bandar bin Abdulaziz AlSaud - General Authority for Sports)
3. Lessons learnt from Riyadh’s Humanization Project
    Dr. Farahat Tashkandi (Professor of Architecture and Building Sciences at King Saud University and Director of Omran Magazine)

Chairman: Eng. Mohamed AlAli, Member of Shura Council, Former Secretary General of MDA

15:45 – 16:00
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Asr Prayer & Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00
Session:8

SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR HUMAN CITIES

Theme: Integrating Environmental Sustainability into the Humanization Agenda

  1. Prof. Spiro Pollalis
    Professor of Design, Technology and Management at the Harvard Design School, Director of the Zofnass Program for the Sustainability of Infrastructure & Distinguished Research Fellow at the Center for Local Governance
     
  2. Prof. Faisal Almubarak
    Professor of Urban Planning at King Saud University
     
  3. 3. Dr. Mostafa J. Sabbagh
    MArch.II, PhD, LEED AP. Ass. Prof. Environmental Design, King AbdulAziz University

Moderator: Prof. Hossny Aziz AlRahman, Professor of Planning & Former Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design, King Abdulaziz University

21:00
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Gala Dinner
The Heritage District, King Fahd Park

Day-2 May-9
8:00 - 9:00
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Registration

9:00 – 10:00
Session 9

HUMAN CITIES IN LIGHT OF VISION 2030
Theme: Human Cities - Principles & Practices
Ministries Panel Discussion

Representatives from:
1.    Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs
2.    Ministry of Economy and Planning
3.    Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture
4.    Ministry of Finance
5.    Ministry of Hajj and Umrah


Dr. Hatem El Marzouki, Rector of the Islamic University in Madinah

10:00 – 10:15
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Coffee Break

10:15 - 11:15
Session 10

CREATING VIBRANT, LIVEABLE CITIES
Theme: Planning and Designing Human Cities & the Role of Public Spaces


1.    Fred Kent
       Founder and President of Project for Public Spaces

2.    Michael Sorkin
       Principal and Founder of Michael Sorkin Studio

3.    Herbert Dreiseitl
       Director, Liveable Cities Lab

Moderator: Robert Bole, General Manager of the CityLab

11:15 – 12:15
Session 11

The Role of Creativity and Culture in City-Making
Keynote Speech

Theme: Governance for Human Cities & The Role of Local Authorities|
Charles Landry

Author of ‘The Creative City’, Founder of Comedia & Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin

Chairwoman: Mikkel Breck, Lead Designer at Henning Larsen

12:15 - 13:00
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Duhur Prayer & Lunch Break

13:00 – 13:30
Session 12

INNOVATIONS IN INCLUSIVE CITIES – CASE STUDIES FROM ACROSS THE WORLD

Keynote Speech

SUCCESS FACTORS FOR CREATING HUMAN CITIES
Theme: Governance for Human Cities & The Role of Local Authorities

Tri Rismaharini
Mayor of Surabaya, Indonesia

Chairman: Dr. Saleh Al-Hathloul, CEO of S Alhathloul Development, Professor at King Saud University and former Deputy Minister of MOMRA

13:30 – 14:30
Session 13

INCLUSIVE CITIES CASE STUDY SESSION

Theme: Transformation towards Cities for All

  1. Sharjah's Child Friendly City Initiative
    Dr. Hessa Al Ghazal
    Executive Director of the Sharjah Baby Friendly Office, SBFO, UAE
     
  2. Enhancing Urban Accessibility for Special Needs – the Experience of the Eastern Province
    Eng. Mohammed Al Bahrani
    Manger of Humanizing Cities – Municipality of the Eastern Province
     
  3. The State of Urban Inclusion in Saudi Cities
    Dr. Ziad Aazam
    Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Effat University
     
  4. Social Work & Human Cities – The Saudi Experience
    H.R.H. Haifa Al Faisal
    Member of the Board of Trustees of Effat University & CEO of the Saudi Society for Breast Cancer


Moderator: Dr. Sumayah Al-Soleiman, Dean of the College of Design at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University

14:30 – 14:45
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Coffee Break

14:45 - 15:45
Session 14

Architecture Now for the Techno-Humanist City of Tomorrow
Keynote Speech
Theme:  Planning and Designing Human Cities & the Role of Public Spaces

Hani Rashid
Architect & Co-Founder and Design Partner at Asymptote

Chairman: Dr. Adnan Adas, Associate Professor, King Abdulaziz University

15:45 – 17:00
Session 15

URBAN ECONOMICS & THE ROLE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN HUMAN CITIES

Theme: The Economic Side of Humanizing Cities

  1. Dr. Khalid Al Dughaither
    Shoura Council Member and previous Head of the Arriyadh Development Company
     
  2. Prof. Geoffrey Hewings
    Founding and Emeritus Director of the Regional Economics and Applications Laboratory
     
  3. Yasser Faisal Al-Sharif
    Chief Executive Officer of Jabal Omar Development Company
     
  4. Richard Kupisz
    Chief Executive from Maxwell Stamp KSA

Moderator: Prof. Spiro Pollalis, Professor of Design, Technology and Management at the Harvard Design School, Director of the Zofnass Program for the Sustainability of Infrastructure & Distinguished Research Fellow at KSCLG

18:00 - 20:00
WORKSHOPS

Parallel Workshop 1

Placemaking as a Methodology to Engage the Community in Improving their Public Spaces

Workshop Providers:

  • Fred Kent,
    Founder and President at Project for Public Spaces
     
  • Kathy Madden
    Co-Founder at Project for Public Spaces
     
  • Rony Jalkh
    Senior Fellow at Project for Public Spaces

Prarallel Workshop 2

Sustainability in the Service of Humanizing the City

Workshop Provider:

  • Prof. Spiro Pollalis
    Professor of Design, Technology and Management at the Harvard Design School,Director of
    the Zofnass Program for the Sustainability of Infrastructure & Distinguished Research Fellow at KSCLG

21:00
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Dinner
Historical Train Station

Day-3 May-10
9:00 – 10:00
Session 16

THE HUMAN CITY: URBANISM FOR THE REST OF US

Keynote Speech
Theme: Human Cities - Principles & Practices

Joel Kotkin
Author of The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us, Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and Executive Director, The Center for Opportunity Urbanism

Chairman: Dr. Talal Al Raddady, Associate Professor, King Saud University & Former Secretary-General of MDA

10:00 – 11:00
Session 17

PLANNING HUMAN CITIES IN THE ARAB CONTEXT
Theme: Planning and Designing Human Cities & the Role of Public Spaces


1.    Rasem Badran
       Design Adviser and Mentor at Badran Design

2.    Eng. Ali Shuaibi
       Co-Founder of Beaah Architects, Planners, Engineers

3.    Dr. Maher Stino
       Principal of Sites International

Moderated by: Dr. Mohammad al-Asad, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment

11:00 – 11:15
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Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:15
Session 18 & 19

Parallel Session 1

LEARNING FROM THE PAST TO CREATE THE HUMAN CITY OF THE FUTURE
Theme: Planning and Designing Human Cities & the Role of Public Spaces

  1. Madinah Historical Architecture & Urban Landscape
    Dr. Abdulaziz Alkaki
    Consultant at MDA
  2. Humanizing the City of Madinah -The Spiritual Dimension
    Dr. Abdullah Alhussayen
    Assistant Professor of Architecture at King Saud University

  3. Humanizing the City in the History of Madinah
    Abdullah M. Kaber
    Scientific Scholar at MDA

  4. The Human Dimension of the Old City Centers: the Historic Mosques of Al Madinah Al Munawwara
    Prof. Ahmed Abu Al Haija
    Professor of Architectural Engineering at Taibah University

  5. Riyadh: Hopes & Aspirations
    Dr. Adnan A. Al-Jaber
    Director general of Documentation & Preservation (NUHC) - SCTH

     

     

Moderator: Dr Ahmad Farid Mustafa, Principal of AFM Consultants

Prarallel Session 2

PLANNING HUMAN CITES FOR SAUDI ARABIA & THE ROLE OF PUBLIC SPACES
Theme: Planning and Designing Human Cities & the Role of Public Spaces

  1. Women & the Inclusive City
    Dr. Sumayah Al-Soleiman
    Dean of the College of Design at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University (Dammam University)
  2. A Model to Evaluate the Social Dimension of Cities
    Prof. Abdullah Al Abid
    Associate Professor of Urban Planning at King Saud University

  3. Humanizing Public Places
    Dr. Mona Helmy
    Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, DARU & Research Fellow at Staedtebau Institut Stuttgart
     
  4. The Future of Humanizing Saudi Cities
    Prof. Ayman Elhefnawi
    Interim Head of UN-Habitat Saudi Arabia
     
  5. How Small Cities Can Initiate Successful Humanization Projects
    Architect Meshal AlHasan
    Head of Abu Ajram Municipality

Moderator: Dr. Muhammad Awad, Chair of Architecture Department, Taiba University Madinah

 

12:15 – 12:30
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Duhur Prayer Break

12:30 - 13:30
Session 20

CONFERENCE CLOSING SESSION

Announcing the International Madinah Declaration on Humanizing Cities

13:30
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Lunch


AlMadinah AlMunawwarah at a glance

Al Madina is the administrative center of the province as well as most important Islamic city. It is a city of peace and tranquility, where there are many historical and archaeological sites besides several that witnessed the historical battles. Madinah is rich with cultural heritage, museums, vast date palm groves and traditional old markets side by side with most modern shopping malls and arcades. For spending a short break or a weekend, you would better hurry and go to Madinah Province and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere, stunning historical and heritage sites and the quiet and distinctive beaches. You can also enjoy in its distinguished parks and festivals. Tourism in Madinah is like in no other place, duet its diverse tourism elements, like there are sites of historical battles, Mada’en Saleh takes you back to the ancient times where the Romans and the Nabataeans lived, and the Museum of Marine Life that makes you feel the experience being underwater. Make your stay longer! Discover the diversity of destinations surrounding Al Madinah
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