The ‘Living Green, Liveable Cities’ Research Symposium took place 4-5th February 2024 in Doha, Qatar, alongside Expo 2023 Doha Qatar.
The Research Symposium accompanied the special Cities & Health journal issue, also titled ‘Living Green, Liveable Cities’. This special issue was instigated by AIPH and Expo 2023 Doha Qatar to investigate the science and practice supporting the concept showcased by the Expo of creating liveable and healthy urban environments through city greening.
Contributing authors to the special issue gave presentations on their research at the Symposium, focussing on three themes:
Watch the full Symposium on-demand in this playlist, or find links to individual presentations below.
Dr. Almasri was previously a scientist at the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), HBKU, where she worked on material synthesis and membrane fabrication for water treatment and desalination applications. Dr. Almasri received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and her Ph.D. in Sustainable Environment from Hamad Bin Khalifa University at Qatar.
He holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Politechnic University in Madrid, Spain.
He has 23 years of experience in Construction Management as both Contractor and Project Management & Construction Management (PMCM) in Spain and Qatar. As a Project Manager he has been involved in a wide range of construction projects including: highways, urban roads, infrastructures, landscaping, bridges and malls.
He is a passionate supporter of the sustainability principles in construction activities emphasizing on the implementation of good waste management practices to promote a circular economy.
Judith (1979) studied Garden and Landscape Design in Velp (2001) and graduated from the Academy of Architecture in Amsterdam (2015) as a landscape architect. In her graduation project on Huzhou (China), she combined her travel experiences with keen interest in cultural landscapes. Huzhou has beautiful historical water and green structures, which form the potential areas for the city’s future expansion. She proposed an alternative green structure design which would preserve the city’s identity. The green zones will be a living and breathing element in the city and serve to reduce problems such as poor air quality, water pollution and heat stress.
In addition to being the company’s landscape designer, in 2019 Judith became the director and owner of Niek Roozen Landscape. Judith excels in creating strong, detailed concept designs in which positive existing landscape qualities are preserved and serve as the design foundation.
Judith has a considerable amount of experience in landscape design projects in the Netherlands and in China. In recent years, rapid development in China resulted in a high demand for large scale projects in rural regions and tourism-oriented designs on the fringes of larger cities. In the Netherlands we worked on themes like greening new city parts, but also revitalising and intensifying existing neighbourhoods is a way of making cities greener and healthier. The design team is knowledgeable and committed in creating realistic design plans where nature, culture and recreation are harmonized and form a synergistic relationship.
The urban environment contributes to important issues such as flooding, drought, heat stress, lack of greenspace, biodiversity reduction, air pollution, and climate change. One of the core philosophies of the company is the green city principles, in which we believe that the right type of greenery in the right place can contribute significantly to improving the quality of urban environments. We were involved in numerous designs of various scale both in The Netherlands and abroad, where the appropriate application of the green city principles became important added value elements for the projects.
Souter-Brown’s research and practice explore human-nature interaction as it impacts stress and hence incidence of non-communicable disease. Effects of the qualities of the built and natural environment on physical activity, diet, wellbeing, feature across her work. Unafraid to question the status quo, she uses quantitative methods to inform her work, balanced by the qualitative ‘how things feel’.
Interested in health promotion, mental health and sustainable development, Dr Souter-Brown integrates innate wisdom, indigenous knowledge, and modern-day mixed methods research. Working remotely and in-person, her international award-winning salutogenic design practices reference theories of place, attachment, stress reduction, attention restoration and biophilia. Author of the international text Landscape and Urban Design for Health and Wellbeing, she researches, writes, is an invited speaker, advises and teaches internationally. Gayle is based between London, England, and her farm in rural Canterbury, New Zealand.
Lauriane is an independent expert on the influence of gardens and gardening on human health and wellbeing. Lauriane was a postdoctoral Wellbeing Fellow at the Royal Horticultural Society and the University of Sheffield Department of Landscape Architecture. Lauriane holds a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield. During her doctorate, she was also a visiting scholar to the Center for Design and Health at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.
Dr Christine Mullan-Jensen is an environmental psychologist and qualitative researcher based in Ireland. She has over 25 years of experience across multiple sectors (market research, health research and social research). She blends a psycho-social perspective with applied research investigations through her consultancy Repsychable and is interested in how everyday actions can be aggregated for change. In recent years she retrained as an environmental psychologist through Maynooth University Ireland which had a strong focus on implementation in policy and practice. Christine holds a PhD in Social Work from Queen’s University Belfast, a MSc in Environmental Psychology from Maynooth University and a BA in Psychology and French from Trinity College Dublin.
His most important achievements are: Bostanci Intermodal Hub, Istanbul (Most Innovative Underground Concept of the Year 2017, finalist, ITA awards), Denver Union Station (Global Award for Excellence by Urban Land Institute, National Honor Award for Urban Design by American Institute of Architects), Saadyiat Island Cultural District, Abu-Dhabi (internationally published and mentioned by the White House), and -on going, the Ravone-Prati urban rehabilitation project in Bologna, within the C40 City Climate leadership group.
Cities & Health has been established to support human and planetary health by sharing the latest international research and practice for urban health and health equity. Our mission is to provide practitioners, researchers and communities with a platform to share, discuss problems to shape solutions from a spatial planning, urban design and physical city governance perspective.
From climate change to the digital city, from city leadership to community resilience, cities all over the world are in transition. The journal covers a wide range of topics – but public health and the health of planetary systems needs to be at the heart of the research we publish.
Expo 2023 Doha, Qatar, is the first AIPH-approved World Horticultural Expo to be held in a desert climate.
Earthna Center for a Sustainable Future (Earthna) is a non-profit policy research and advocacy center, established by Qatar Foundation (QF) to promote and enable a coordinated approach to environmental, social, and economic sustainability and future prosperity. They are a facilitator of sustainability efforts and action, and a convenor of climate change thinking and action, in Qatar and other hot and arid countries.
The International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) is a truly global federation, representing 78 national associations from Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Their mission as landscape architects is to create globally sustainable and balanced living environments for the benefit of humanity worldwide.
IFLA officially represents the world body of landscape architects through its member associations and regions and in both governmental and non-governmental organizations, such as the UN, UNESCO, UIA, etc.
Established in 1965, the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) brings together individual and institutional members from 90+ countries with the vision to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable through integrative participatory urban and territorial planning.
In 2016, the Society initiated the ISOCARP Institute as a research spin-off for generating and disseminating knowledge for better cities and territories.