QATAR UNIVERSITY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BRITISH COUNCIL, PRESENTS PANEL DISCUSSION AT MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART ENTITLED “ARCHITECTURE, ARTS AND DESIGN; (RE)INVENTING THE PUBLIC SPACE”

As part of the Qatar British Festival 2018, The British Council in partnership with Qatar University (QU) College of Engineering hosted a panel discussion at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) on Architecture, Arts and Design; (Re)Inventing the Public Space.

The panel was chaired by QU’s Dr. Fodil Fadli, Head of Department of Architecture and Urban Planning and included numerous experts on the topic: Engineer Bronwyn Rigney, Principle Urban and Regional Planner, Arcadis; Ali A. Alraouf Professor of Architecture and Urban Theories from Urban Planning; and Victoria Pratt, Creative Director, Invisible Flock.

The speakers explored ideas, concepts and theories in unfolding hidden thoughts about the role of architecture, art and design in reinventing the public space and creating a dynamic, engaging and healthy environment for the community.

The project is part of the British Council’s ambition to engage audiences with new kinds of public art and show the important benefits public art can bring to cities and countries alike; bringing creativity out into the public for all citizens to enjoy, learn from and be inspired.

The panel was open to members of the public. 70 experts from architecture, urban planning and design engaged with the audiences through the panel and a list of recommendations were shared and to be followed up by all partners.

QU’s College of Engineering (CENG) Dean Dr. Abdelmagid Hammuda said: This collaboration highlights CENG’s commitment to developing partnerships with private and government organizations with the aim to invest in research and development in coordination with partners. Community engagement stands at the heart of CENG’s mission and through our cooperation with British Council, we are demonstrating the breadth of initiatives and projects at college and institution levels that serve to reinforce our links with the society.

In his comment, CENG Department of Architecture and Urban Planning Head Dr. Fodil Fadli said, Our department involvement in this event comes as a part of the department mission to be a part of local and international events that explore the role of architecture in re-inventing the public space and exploring new outlines of healthy environments for all.

Sam Ayton, the Director of the British Council in Qatar said, We are delighted to collaborate with Qatar University as part of our ambition to harness the power of arts to make cities more open, dynamic and inclusive. Having art in public spaces improves a city in so many ways, encouraging interaction, participation and connections between communities.

The panel discussion was supported by the strategic education partner QU College of Engineering, Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar Museums, Invisible Flock, Arcadis and Qatar Financial Centre.

Source: Qatar University