The city’s most extensive programme of design talks takes place throughout Dubai Design Week.

The city’s most extensive programme of design talks takes place throughout Dubai Design Week. The talks are composed of three programmes, the Main Stage, the Audi Innovation Talks, and The Forum.

On the Main Stage in Dubai Design District (d3) designers, creatives and thinkers share their insights; from international practitioners to regional influencers. The programme includes panel discussions, high-level conferences and screenings.

The Audi Innovation Talks are located within the Audi Innovation Hub; a space dedicated to solutions and advances in design through innovative problem-solving. A programme of daily conversations with various experts invites audiences to delve deeper into technology and innovation within an intimate setting.

On the waterfront at Downtown Design, The Forum - a purpose-built auditorium space at the heart of the fair – includes informative discussions designed to engage with design professionals on various themes curated to represent the pulse of the industry.

Main Stage Talks Programme

The Dubai Design Week 2019 Main Stage Talks Programme is a hive for conversations by experts from, or working in, the region together with global thought leaders. The dialogues set to take place on the Main Stage will cross-examine efforts to define new ways of urban living for a future riddled with uncertainty, and ways of understanding and preserving identity living on from the past. At the intersection of these time frames is Dubai’s present, with its distinct role of bringing the international community together.

Highlights include; a conversation with selected international architects discussing their work on the Dubai Expo2020; Andrew Whalley, Chairman of Grimshaw and lead designer of the Sustainability Pavilion, David Spierings of V8 Architects, Project Director of the Dutch Pavilion at Expo2020, and Simon Fraser, Principal at Hopkins Architects working on the Theme Districts, together with the regional designers shortlisted and awarded for Sabeel2020; the commission to design the water fountains of Dubai Expo2020.

Looking towards the future, UAEModern in partnership with MAS Paints places the shortlisted projects of an open call for design solutions for the climate crisis at the center of their discussion. Headed by Hani Asfour, Dean of Dubai Institute of Design & Innovation (DIDI) is a conversation with industry leaders from Facebook, Fjord Accenture, EY (Ernst & Young), Eight Inc and Palmwood to dissect the outlook on design careers in the coming years.

Discourse on contemporizing visual representation includes a panel presented by the Embassy of Switzerland, Matthieu Cortat, Head of Master Type Design from École Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne (ECAL) in dialogue with Pascale Zoghbi and Huda AbiFares sits in the programme alongside a conference presented by V-Ray and SketchUp on Bringing Ideas to Light inviting designers to explore new ways to visualize design.

Visit the 2019 Programme to learn more.