Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Session 1: The City We Need is sustainable and happy

1. Prioritizing the SDGs in Urban Design

In 1995, the UN’s Nation’s World Summit for Social Development held in Copenhagen, recognized the importance of the family as the basic unit of society, and acknowledged that it played a key role in social development. Fast forward twenty three years, and families remain central to the UN’s 2030 Global Agenda, through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This breakout session will examine, SDG 11, making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable; and SDG 16, promoting peaceful and inclusive societies which relies on families to create and raise the next generation of peaceful, stable citizens and productive workers and how it impacts real estate.

2. Designing cities for happy families

The science of happiness has influenced urban design, and the real estate market. Design affects the happiness of residents; from commuting to work, to raising families and taking care of elderly family members, a city shapes our lives. This session will explore new designs, theories, and projects within the real estate market that promote happiness among families.

Session 2: The City We Need is safe and economically viable for families

3. Creating safe cities for families

Safety and security is a critical piece to a happy city. This session will explore the role of safety in city design. From examining child friendly communities to road design, designing a safe environment is a fundamental pillar for the well-being of families.

4. Promoting economic opportunities for families

Local economic growth is a driving force behind the creation of a happy city. Improving connectivity and access to economic opportunities is key for the sustainable growth of a city. This session explores how the UAE can enact policy, inform city design, and programs that support economic growth for all community members.

Session 3: The City We Need is affordable & inclusive

5. Affordability

Affordable housing benefits people in a variety of ways. From freeing financial resources to be used in other areas, to creating happy, safe and dignified communities. This session will discuss sustainable affordable housing and highlight initiatives from the private, public and non-profit sector to meet demands.

6. Accessible for all

Disability is referenced in multiple parts of the SDGs, specifically in the accessibility of human settlements. With more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, it is critical that cities are designed to be inclusive. The UAE has passed numerous laws on the rights of people of determination. This session will explore the role of cities in promoting accessibility through design.