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Downtown Design's Virtual Talks were first broadcast on our website and on Dubai Design Week's Youtube channel, 9-14 November 2020.

Relive the full series of panel discussions below.

The Talks


The Programme


An Eye To The Future

An Eye To The Future

Design solves problems, foretells change and fuels growth. How are designers around the world expanding on the power of an idea to influence the shape of things to come?

Speakers: Abdalla Almulla (Architect, Designer and Founder, Mula), Hend Matrouk and Gijo Paul George (Co-Founders, Studio Toggle), Richard Yasmine (Designer and Founder, Richard Yasmine), Sabine Marcelis (Designer and Founder of Sabine Marcelis Studio).

This talk is moderated by Panna Munyal, Lifestyle Editor, The National.

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A New Design Culture

A New Design Culture

Reconnecting and examining the approach to heritage and context, advocating for greater inclusivity, and forging new ways of collaborating; as a new value structure enforces itself around us, how it influence the design profession?

Speakers: Aline Asmar d’Amman (Architect and Founder, Culture In Architecture), Jonathan Ashmore (Architect and Founder, ANARCHITECT), Marion Vignal (Curator, Author, Journalist and Founder, Ida M. agency), Meaad Hanafi (Architect and Co-Founder, Sibyl Design Studio).

This talk is moderated by Talib Choudhry, Editor in Chief, Architectural Digest Middle East.

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The Future of Everything/Design goes viral

The Future of Everything/Design goes viral

With technology intermediating our lives like never before, how has our human-centric profession adapted to this hyper-digital age? Can this intersection of tech and design deliver a more equitable world?

Speakers: Agata Kurzela (Architect and Founder, Agata Kurzela Studio), Matthew Utley (Architect and Principal, Grimshaw), Nuru Karim (Architect and Founder, NUDES), Riyad Joucka (Architect, Designer and Founder, MEAN - Middle East Architecture Network).

This talk is moderated by Jane O'Neill, Editor, Commercial Interior Design.

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Design Strategies for the Real World

Design Strategies for the Real World

As our interaction with our built environment continues to evolve at a rapid pace, so do our expectations; how can design solve problems that the recent pandemic has brought to light and create opportunities to build more resilient communities?

Speakers: Asif Khan (Architect, Designer and Founder, Asif Khan), David G. Daniels (Architect and Director of Architecture, SSH), Kourosh Salehi (Architect and Design Director, LWK+PARTNERS), Pallavi Dean (Architect, Interior Designer and Founder, ROAR).

This talk is moderated by Aidan Imanova, Editor, Identity.

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Craft x Contemporary

Craft x Contemporary

Creativity is thriving at the intersection of artisanship and technology. How can this new culture of making help write a fresh narrative for global heritage?

Speakers: David Raffoul and Nicolas Moussallem (Designers and Co-founders david/nicolas), Jennie Binchy (Architect and Design Director Binchy and Binchy Architecture ), Roberto Palomba (Architect and Co-founder Palomba Serafini Associati), Sacha Walckhoff (Designer and Christian Lacroix Maison Creative Director ).

This talk is moderated by Catherine Belbin, Consulting Editor and Design Expert.

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Designing for Humanity

Designing for Humanity

How can a humanitarian design approach tackle social, cultural and environmental problems to help author a more equitable world?

Speakers: Carl Gerges (Founder, Carl Gerges Architects and Musician), Max Fraser (Publisher, design editor, content consultant and curator), Paul Cournet (Architect, OMA*AMO).

This talk is moderated by Richard Dean, Radio Presenter and Author.

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