ALHOSN University joins US conference on impact of recession & global warming on high-rises & urban habitats

Published November 11th, 2009 - 02:28 GMT

ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality, value-based education, joined the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) conference on the effects of the global recession and climate change held recently at IIT’s Herman Hall in Chicago, Illinois, US.


Held under the theme ‘Evolution of the Skyscraper: New Challenges in a World of Global Warming and Recession,’ CTBUH’s 2009 Chicago Conference featured prominent key speakers such as Chicago Mayor Richard Daley; H.E. Mohamed Ali Alabbar, the owner of Burj Dubai; Eric Trump, Executive VP of The Trump Organization; and Arthur Gensler, the Chairman of Gensler - San Francisco. It included case studies of prominent projects at all stages of development and the launching of CTBUH sustainability guidelines for tall buildings in urban environments.


“The Conference enabled us to meet the world’s leading tall buildings experts who have overseen iconic projects in the past 20 years. We learned about best practices in sustainability, design, construction and budgeting which will help us develop better buildings in the UAE and across our region. We gained valuable insights on how the downturn and climate change affect building design, and how the industry should respond to these two challenges,” said Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni, Vice Chancellor and CEO, ALHOSN University.


Prof. Sabouni represented ALHOSN University during the conference. CTBUH event reflects ALHOSN University’s commitment to raising more professional and public awareness on the proper construction of high-rises. Just last April of 2009, the university hosted the “Seminar on Construction of Tall Buildings” conducted by the UAE Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), one of the world’s leading authorities on concrete technology. Prof. Sabouni is also the founding president of the ACI-UAE Chapter.


ALHOSN University opened its doors to students of all nationalities in 2005. It currently offers 11 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs in three faculties, accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Its City Campus includes the Men’s Campus, the Women’s Campus, Library Building, Lectures Building, the Engineering Labs Building, and a recently-constructed Studio Building. ALHOSN has been encouraging the participation of more women in scientific and engineering courses.

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