Husam AlWaer

Husam AlWaer

Dr. AlWaer is a highly skilled URBANIST who writes intensively and speaks regularly on making better places (with a multi disciplinary approach involves drawing appropriately from multiple disciplines to redefine problems outside normal boundaries and reach solutions based on a new understanding of complex situations). He is a specialist in Sustainable Urban Design and Evaluation working at the University of Dundee, School of Social Sciences with a demonstrable leadership qualities with impact in academia, practice and in community out-reach. He has passionate interest in the future of sustainable and smart places and towns, in particular development of new thinking on processes and methods to unlock sustainable urbanism.

In addition to his experience as a masterplanner, with the skill sets of a facilitator/educator and a knowledge of sustainable urbanism, he has promoted the “place momentum” approach jointly with Kevin Murray associates, which treats place-making for more sustainable communities as an intelligent process, whereby stakeholders, community and specialists professionals collaborate in a progressive inquiry to deliver positive solutions and make a difference for people on ‘the ground’.

In his own words...

Economic, technological, lifestyle, and environmental change is often presented as inevitable and quite normal, but the exact nature of that change is inherently unpredictable. The challenge is find ways to make places that will be robust in the medium to long term by which time places will have experienced considerable change.

Change can occur across time, uses and scales, as well as to the frameworks employed for action and for quality control. The challenge is to find ways to incorporate changing priorities and thinking today, while ensuring, that what we put in place will have relevance in the future (25/30 years and beyond).

Focusing on longer-term outcomes, resilience is a key concept for future places. The resilience of sustainable places lies in their capacity to respond to forces of change in such a manner that the places are viewed positively in the eyes of the communities who live there. The focus of adaptation should both build adaptive capacity in terms of 'physical infrastructure' (roads, spaces, buildings…etc), 'social infrastructure' (social services, utilities, medical facilities,..etc) as well as actors capability to adapt, and make adaptation appropriate decision. This is about understanding how the physical-social interaction has existed in the thinking process, particularly in the context of decision-making, and its potential role in affecting the integration of the adaption process.

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