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Bee’ah, the Middle East’s sustainability pioneer, is hosting a new weekly series of six virtual talks on recycled architecture in collaboration with Khazzan Park, to shed new light on how urban design must integrate and reconcile with sustainability principles.

Moderated by Dr. Georges Kachaamy, Director of the Centre of Research, Innovation and Design at the American University in Dubai, the virtual talks feature influential figures from the architecture and design sectors, which include Vladimir Yavachev, Nizar Haddad, WAEL AL AWAR, Ammar Kalo, Asif Khan (MBE), and Yaz Koneda (FRSA, JIA, AIJ). ​

Bee’ah’s interest in sustainable architecture is complemented by its work on a new headquarters, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, which will be completed by the end of 2020. The building’s green design approach has resulted in ultra-low carbon footprint, minimal water and energy usage, and the efficient recycling of construction materials. As well as setting the global benchmark for smart, sustainable buildings, the new headquarters is expected to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification.

Join us for these discussions every Wednesday, from 14th Oct to 18th Nov 2020.

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from the ceo

Khaled Al Huraimel Group Chief Executive Officer

Starting on October 14, Bee’ah’s Recycled Architecture Virtual Series will bring a fresh weekly discussion over six weeks with renowned and inspiring figures, to explore sustainability in architecture and design.

For those who are unfamiliar with Bee’ah, we are the Middle East’s sustainability pioneer based in the UAE. Across our ventures and projects, we are guided by our twin-pillared strategy – sustainability and digitalization. Our new Headquarters embodies this ethos and will set a benchmark for smart and sustainable buildings of the future. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the Bee’ah Headquarters is an architectural marvel mirroring its surrounding sand dunes to blend into the natural desert landscape. It is also a LEED Platinum building, powered by renewable energy and employs the highest standards of sustainable practices.

At Bee’ah, we are keenly interested in investigating modes of recycled materials and sustainability principles that can be applied to architecture and design. We strongly believe that the acceleration of a circular economy here in the UAE will enable us to lead a more sustainable quality of life. I hope that from these series of discussions, our audience will be leave inspired and motivated to consider principles of sustainability in their respective practices.

Thank you.



Moderator

For the Series

DR. GEORGES KACHAAMY DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRE OF RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND DESIGN ​AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN DUBAI.

Dr. Georges Kachaamy is the Director of the Center for Research, Innovation, and Design (CRID) at the School of Architecture, Art, and Design, the American University in Dubai. He has served as the chairperson of the Department of Architecture under which the program has received the NAAB Accreditation.

Dr. Kachaamy is a professor of architecture, a registered architect, a member of the Order of Engineers & Architects in Beirut, and an Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects. He was a grantee of the Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship and received his doctorate from the University of Tokyo in Japan. Dr. Kachaamy’s research interest relates to future environments, space planning, design, phenomenological theory in architecture, and evidence-based spatial experiments.

He received the American University in Dubai President’s award for teaching excellence, the President's Award for Institutional Effectiveness, the Provost's Award for Creativity in Design and the Visual Arts, and he served on the board of the AIA Middle East Chapter as the Director of Continuing Education. His work has featured on multiple media outlets such as CNN, MBC1, Skynews Arabia, ArchDaily, The Magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Middle East Architect, MTV, and Future TV.

speakers

For the Talk Series

VLADIMIR YAVACHEV
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE

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NIZAR HADDAD
FOUNDER
NH-ARCHITECTS

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WAEL AL AWAR
FOUNDING PARTNER & PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT
WAIWAI

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AMMAR KALO
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH
DIRECTOR - CAAD LABS

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ASIF KHAN
FOUNDER
ASIF KHAN

KAZ YONEDA FRSA, JIA, AJJ
FOUNDER
BUREAU 0-1

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Talk Series

Schedule

The topic is to give examples of how all the large scale projects that Christo and Jeanne-Claude did the materials were industrially recycled and the project site was left in same or better shape.

Vladimir Yavachev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1973. Upon graduating from high school, he moved to New York City to study film and photography at New York University. While at university, he began working with his uncle and aunt, the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, with whom he has worked with for the past 30 years... Read more

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Sustainable reclaimed architecture, between modernism and traditions.

Nizar Haddad, holder of a specialized graduate degree in architecture from the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA) founded NH-Architectes in 2011.

The son of Georges Haddad, a veteran Lebanese architect renowned for being among the pioneers who introduced modern architecture to Lebanon; Nizar hopes to use the knowledge passed down to him to bridge the divide between modern man and nature in terms of his designs... Read more

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Understanding sustainability: Vernacular vs Modern vs Contemporary.

Wael Al Awar founded waiwai in 2009 as the principal architect, after moving back to the Middle East from Tokyo. With interests in natural phenomena, landscape and formless diagrams of relations, Wael has a multi-disciplinary approach to design and is always looking to challenge conventional processes to push the boundaries of design. His projects layer his individual design sensibilities into an architecture of natural light, time, structure and landscape... Read more

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Turning Waste into Design

Based in Sharjah, UAE, KALO is a practice run by designer and architect Ammar Kalo. His work interrogates the relationship between digital technology and traditional craft. During the inaugural Dubai Design Week 2015, he was selected by Harper's Bazaar Interiors as the recipient of the Emerging Designer award for that year. In 2016 the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York acquired two pieces, Stratum and N-bowl, for its permanent collection. He is currently the Director of CAAD Labs and an Associate Professor at the American University of Sharjah

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November 11, 2020

Asif Khan founded his eponymous London-based practice in 2007, which works across the fields of architecture, industrial and furniture design. It is dedicated to pushing these disciplines in innovative and unexpected directions.

In recognition of his design and delivery of the MegaFaces Pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Asif was awarded a Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Innovation. This is the first time the panel have awarded the prestigious prize to an architecture studio or a Russian project... Read more

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November 18, 2020

Born in Seattle and raised in California, Kaz went on to receive a B.Arch. (Hons) from the Cornell University AAP. After a two-year collaboration with a then-startup atelier in Tokyo, he attended Harvard GSD and received his M.Arch. II (Hons) in 2011. Thereafter, he was appointed to run Harvard GSD’s Tokyo Abroad Studio with Toyo Ito. After serving as an inaugural director of space design for Takram from 2011 to 2014, Kaz founded Bureau 0–1 in 2018 where he is the Principal and CEO. Read more

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