Dubai 2018

April 8-10 | Hosted by Alserkal Avenue

New Directions: Culture in its changing urban context

A more complete program will be available in January 2018; check back often for updates on sessions and confirmed speakers. 

Planned sessions: 

  • In Conversation: Cultural hubs in The Gulf
  • Security in Public Space: Designing out Terrorism

  • Community-minded: Anchor Institutions and their surroundings
  • GCDN Hive Mind
    Opportunity for an “open forum” where members discuss potential collaborations, bring up challenges they are facing, etc

  • Artwashing: The Great Debate (or: When art becomes the gentrifier)
  • Designing for Climate Change
  • Cultural Infrastructure: Evolution from fixed use to mixed use
  • Measuring the Impact of your Cultural Districts: Beyond economic development

  • Governance of Cultural Districts: Presentation of GCDN’s commissioned research

  • Closing Panel: Where do we go from here: the future of creative cities

Please contact us at or fill out the form if you are interested in receiving an invitation to this convening