Cityscape: RIBA president addresses conference

Discovering the Future of Real Estate was the theme of this year’s Cityscape conference which attracted 1,200 delegates to the Conrad Hotel in Dubai.
Presenting a view of the UAE’s skyline 20 years from now, Jane Duncan, president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), stressed the importance of incorporating traditional techniques into design of modern property.

She said today’s architects should embrace and revive design and construction methods which helped Dubai’s development by keeping buildings cool using shade, wind and thermally-driven ventilation, as well as naturally insulating, reflective materials.