International Design Forum (IDF)

Venue: Madinat Jumeirah

Location: Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Event Date/Time: May 27, 2007 End Date/Time: May 29, 2007
Registration Date: Apr 17, 2007
Early Registration Date: Feb 10, 2007
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The International Design Forum

Moutamarat's first annual International Design Forum (IDF) is due to take place in Dubai on 27 - 29 May 2007. Thanks to the vibrancy of its creative industries and development projects, Dubai is rapidly becoming a regional hub for design and creativity. The IDF champions the message that design is a critical tool for cultural understanding and business excellence. In addition, this high-profile event will focus on two specific design disciplines: urban design and industrial design. Using an innovative format set to stimulate thinking and knowledge exchange in the field of design, the sessions will take the form of informative, lively and challenging discussions on the different connotations of design and its intersection with other disciplines. The IDF will strike a balance between being a public event and a closed, exclusive, knowledgebased forum. Installations and other designers' lounges will celebrate the power of design, while an innovative learning experience will be provided through high-level debates and new knowledge products.

The IDF incorporates a forum, lounges and installations. The IDF strikes a balance between being a public event and a closed, exclusive, knowledge-based forum. Installations and other highlights celebrate the power of design, while an innovative learning experience will be provided through the high-level debates and new knowledge products.

Design Forum

The Forum groups a series of interactive workshops using an innovative format designed to stimulate thinking and knowledge in the field of design. The sessions will involve people of different backgrounds and areas of expertise. They take the form of informative, lively and challenging discussions on the different connotations of design and its intersection with other disciplines.

The IDF workshops will primarily focus on industrial design and urban design. Specifically, it will address the following themes Where should I look for the next great idea?
Design and creativity in the business world
Design, cultural innovation and the economy
The fusion of technology and design
'Green' design: Can environmentally-friendly design save the world?
Youth, design and the new frontiers of creativity
How does globalization influence lifestyle models?
How does local culture shape the trends and innovations of tomorrow?
Promoting creativity in the Arab World


Design Lounges

The Lounges are networking areas designed to stimulate an exchange of ideas between local and international designers and industrialists in a private and exclusive setting. The Design Lab is open to all participants for interaction and discussion
The Designer Lounge is for designers to expose their creations
The Media and Publication Lounges for leading publications working with Moutamarat
The Sponsors and Partners Lounges for companies that support the Forum


Design Installations

The Installations, grouped under the title Experience Design, comprise an exhibition of inspirational design. The installations will include the following: Design ME (Design in the Middle East), incorporating a range of classic and modern designs around calligraphy, local crafts, etc
Timeless Design, giving a historical representation of design by displaying the technological evolution of specific products
Designers' installations
Country-focused installations
Some of the installations will also be open to the public.

The IDF will also provide a platform for major announcements in the design industry, such as the launch of new industry-related products.

The IDF should not be missed by forward-thinking corporate, media, civil and political institutions, since it presents a unique opportunity to harness the power of design.

Why Dubai?

Dubai, with its spectacular growth and its broad spectrum of people, identities and architectural styles, is widely perceived as an innovative melting pot. Thanks to the vibrancy of its creative industries and development projects, Dubai is rapidly becoming a regional hub for design and creativity. The city has also reinvented itself as a new center of debate on the global stage. This reputation, along with the International Design Forum, will place both Dubai and the region as a whole on the international design map.
Design Advisory Board

The Design Advisory Board is a community of leading personalities from different design-related fields who work with Moutamarat on the creation, international positioning and strategy-making of the IDI. Members of the Board act as global ambassadors of the Initiative and as a source of legitimacy for Moutamarat's work on Design.

The Design Board is scheduled to convene in Dubai and other locations prior to the IDF, due to take place in May 2007, in order to brainstorm on issues related to both the Initiative and the Forum. Throughout the rest of the year, Board members will be in regular contact with Moutamarat to discuss: Specific areas of the program where they will hold individual responsibilities
Long-term initiatives in which they would like to be involved
Publications to which they would like to contribute
Participation in special events


Confirmed Members:

Stefano Boeri

Editor-in-Chief, ‘Domus’ magazine, Italy
Stefano Boeri is editor of Italy’s Domus magazine. He is also an architect, an urban planner, and a frequent contributor to the Italian economic press. Currently, Boeri’s work is focused on transformation projects in several Mediterranean ports, including Genoa, Naples, Mytilene, Salerno and Trieste.


Rassem Badran

Architect, Dar al-Omran, Jordan
In 1995, Badran was a recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the Great Mosque of Riyadh and the redevelopment of the Old City Centre.

Tyler Brûlé

Chairman/Creative Director, Winkorp, UK
Canadian Tyler Brûlé moved to the UK in 1989 to train as a journalist with the BBC television program Reportage. He has published articles in the Guardian, the Sunday Times and Vanity Fair, among others.

Joan Busquets

Architect; Professor in Practice, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA
Joan Busquets is Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design at the GSD and a renowned urban planner, designer, and architect. Formerly Professor of Town Planning at Barcelona Polytechnic University’s School of Architecture, Busquets was also Head of Urban Planning for Barcelona City Council and involved in the urban preparations for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Farhan Faraidooni

Chief Executive Officer, Sama Dubai, UAE
Farhan is currently CEO of Sama Dubai, the international real estate investment and development arm of Dubai Holding. He also sits on the Boards of Dubai Healthcare City (another Dubai Holding entity); the Ministry of Religious Endowment and Minors Affairs; and Al Ahli Sports Club.

Rodney Fitch

Founder and Chairman, Fitch & Co., UK
In 1972, Rodney Fitch founded Fitch & Co., which in 1982 was the first product design company to obtain a full listing on the London Stock Exchange. In the 1980s, it led the design industry, with a broad international portfolio of multi-disciplinary projects.

Zaha Hadid

Architect, UK
Zaha Hadid studied at the Architectural Association (AA) from 1972, and was awarded the Diploma Prize in 1977. She was a partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, taught at the AA with Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) collaborators Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, and led her own studio at the AA until 1987.


Nadim Karam

CEO, Hapsitus, Lebanon
With a background that fuses Oriental and Japanese theories of space, Nadim Karam created concepts like ‘micropluralism’, ‘performance architecture’, and ‘story-telling architecture’. In 1996, he founded Atelier Hapsitus. His work, an interdisciplinary fusion that includes painting, sculpture, urban installation and architecture, is the subject of Voyage (2000), and a new book – Urban Toys – that will be released in 2006.


George Katrodytis

Architect; Associate Professor, American University of Sharjah, UAE
George Katodrytis is deeply involved in architecture through practice, teaching and research. He studied at the University of Manchester, and taught at the Architectural Association from 1987 to 1994.


Bernard Khoury

Bernard Khoury studied architecture at the Rhode Island school of Design before going on to Harvard University, where he completed a Masters in Architectural Studies in 1993. In 2001, the Rome municipality awarded him the Borromini prize with honorable mention.
Architect, Lebanon


Rem Koolhaas

Partner & Director, OMA/AMO, The Netherlands Harvard University, USA
Rem Koolhaas graduated from London’s Architectural Association and founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis, and Madelon Vriesendorp. In 1978, he published Delirious New York: a Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan.


Khalid Malik

Senior Vice President, Tatweer, Dubai Holding; CEO, Dubai Industrial City, UAE
Khalid Malik studied Business Administration at the University of Arizona and gained his Masters’ from Zayed University, Dubai. In 1995, he was appointed General Manager of Emirates Motor Sports Federation, by H.H. Sheikh Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum, the Federation’s Honorary President, in order to revive and promote motor sports in the UAE.



Khalid Al-Najjar

Principal, DXB-LAB, UAE
Khalid Al-Najjar is the principal of [dxb]LAB, an innovative architecture practice based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He studied architecture at Columbia University, New York (Master of Science in Advance Architectural Design-MSAAD 1996) and the Southern California Institute Of Architecture SCIArc [B. Arch 1995].


Karim Rashid

Designer, USA
Best known for his democratic design sensibility, Karim Rashid is a leading figure in product, interior, fashion and furniture design, as well as lighting and art. Born in Cairo and raised in Canada, Karim now practices in New York.


Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah

Founder & CEO, Villa Moda, Kuwait
Sheikh Majed Al-Sabah’s passion for fashion first emerged when he encountered the tailoring genius of Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto as a teenager. Al-Sabah has clearly not had the most conventional background for a luxury fashion retailer, being the nephew of H.H. Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the late Emir of Kuwait.


Peter Zec

President, International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, Canada and President, Red Dot, Germany
Professor Dr. Peter Zec, born in 1956, has been president of the internationally renowned Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen since 1991. He developed the institution, founded in 1954, into a qualification and communication center for business, design and society.

Moutamarat's first annual International Design Forum is due to take place in Dubai on 27 - 29 May 2007. As the first global design celebration of its kind to emerge from the Arab World, the IDF is set to seize headlines and imaginations across the world. This high-profile event champions the message that design is a critical tool for cultural understanding and business excellence. The IDF will integrate into the international design calendar and become a yearly reference for learning more about the life changing effect of design. The first annual IDF has two main areas of interest: urban design and industrial design. Participants will include: Design companies
Architects and urban designers
Industrial designers
Business and media leaders
Academics
Representatives from multinational corporations
Repres entatives from national and local governments.

Venue

Jumeriah, Dubai
Dubai
Dubai
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