DUTCH DESIGNS FOR DOHA
The Netherlands Embassy organised a thought leadership session on Urban Design and Architecture at the Msheireb Enrichment Centre, which was followed by a viewing party for TEDxBinnenhof, one of 40 around the world.
Opening the first session, Dutch Ambassador HE Yvette van Eechoud said that there were some global challenges that the two countries might tackle together, smart living being one of them. “How do we live in a hyper-connected world, how do we create inspiring design and architecture…these are questions worth discussing.” The two countries had much to share in this field, as the Netherlands is also a densely populated country with limited land and a lot of ambition, she said.
Co-founder of UN studio architects, Caroline Bos was the first to give a short presentation on what new-age Dutch architects can offer a growing city like Doha, which is seeking to be a beacon of urban design and architecture. Among the things she mentioned were the Dutch habit of combining experience and experimentation, their international orientation, their penchant for creating public spaces that were socially sustainable and responsible urbanisation. Following her, Philips Lighting's Chief Design Officer Rogier van der Heide spoke about ‘digital fabrication' and how technology has empowered us to bring our ideas to life. “If you have an idea, you can create the solution yourself without a shop floor. Freedom of thinking is freedom of making,” he said. He also gave examples of how architecture and design can lead to innovation like reinvigorating an entire area of the city or controlling light levels on the street. This was followed by a panel discussion with the two speakers and Qatari architects Nasser Al Amadi of QMA and Ameena Ahmadi of Qatar Foundation. The event was attended by representatives from QMA, Ashghal, QRail, Msheireb Properties and a group of select Dutch architects.
Chief Design Officer at Philips Lighting, ROGIER VAN DER HEIDE, talks about his inspirations