In talks with Manali Sutaria, Freelance Architect, IN5 Design

Middle East Stone hosts Manali Sutaria, Freelance Architect at IN5 Design, as a key speaker at the event's Stone Design Seminars. Part of a broad complimentary and CPD certified education agenda, Manali Sutaria's session is titled "Building smart and sustainable outdoor area - blending green elements with natural stone" and takes place on November 27 at 17:00 - 17:45 hrs.

Manali Sutaria
Manali Sutaria

Here's what Manali Sutaria, Freelance Architect at IN5 Design, revealed ahead of the event:

How environmental friendly is stone as a construction material?

Stone, being a natural resource, is one of the best green building materials, which reduces the building’s impact on human health as there are no chemicals or harmful toxins in it. Since it is available regionally, it helps in reducing emissions of greenhouse gasses occurring due to transportation of materials. Considering two, out of the many factors, stone is definitely good for the environment.

Which stone would you pick as the sustainable choice for outdoor planning?

I would pick Travertine and the best example would be the St. Peters Basilica.

What steps are being taken at the designing stage to make outdoor areas smart and sustainable?

1. Use of low maintenance options like concrete or bark walkways, xeriscapes, can help save water.
​2. Look for products and furniture which are made from recycled materials.
​3. Select natural elements like wood and stone of reduce emission of chemicals and greenhouse gases.
​4. Use of solar lighting is an added advantage.

What are the top 5 reasons making natural stone a sustainable choice for outdoor planning?

1. Stone is recyclable. It can be renewed and refinished into many designs.
​2. It is easy to maintain and requires least care.
​3. Considering life style of natural stone, it is extremely durable.
​4. It can be quarried with so many low cost methods and since it is available regionally, it saves a lot of cost on transportation.
​5. It is a natural material, hence in the name, it is one of the best green building materials.

What can industry professionals expect to learn at your presentation?

The presentation covers various uses of natural stone in outdoor planning and how blending greens and natural light with natural stone can be one of the most smart and sustainable choices of outdoor planning and areas. It also explains the current trends of outdoor design with natural stone.

Why is it important for an event like Middle East Stone to offer free education to construction professionals?

It is a global network. It is amazing to see as to how it can reach up to so many construction professionals and educate them to help keep updated with the latest trends and industry guidelines.

About Manali Sutaria -

Being an Architect and an Environmental Design Strategist, Manali encourages individuals to look at the full impact that built spaces create on people. After finishing her post graduate studies from the Glasgow School of Art, she is currently working on residential, commercial and hospitality projects. Her end goal is not only to create new creative projects that hope to readdress the effect on environment but also to engage and inspire the community.

You can hear more from Manali Sutaria at the Stone Design Seminars on 27th November, 17:00 - 17:45.

Register online to attend the event for free at THIS LINK.

About The Big 5

The Big 5 is the construction event providing leading-edge innovation, knowledge, and business opportunities for industry players around the world to connect, grow, and succeed.

Taking place annually in Dubai since 1979, the event has launched hundreds of thousands of products boosting the expansion of emerging markets. It has facilitated partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices, while serving as the gateway for international companies to access the Middle East, Africa and South Asia regions.

The Big 5 covers the full construction cycle; not only does it showcase products across dedicated sectors, it also runs alongside nine specialised events enabling industry professionals to source building solutions from around the globe for every stage of the construction projects: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, Windows, Doors & Facades Event, Gulf Glass, HVAC R Expo, The Big 5 Solar, Middle East Stone, the Urban Design & Landscape Expo, and FM Expo.

The event includes high-level summits, practical seminars, CPD-certified workshops, and The Big 5 Impact Awards to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and is free to attend for all pre-registered visitors. 


To know more, visit www.thebig5.ae

About dmg events

dmg events is a leading organiser of face-to-face events and a publisher of trade magazines.

We aim to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant communities to create vibrant marketplaces and to accelerate their business through face-to-face events.

dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 425,000 attendees and delegates every year. The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry-leading events in the energy, construction, hospitality & design, coatings and transportation sectors. ADIPEC, The Big 5, Gastech, EGYPS, The Hotel Show and INDEX are the company’s flagship events. For more information visit www.dmgevents.com.

About DMGT

DMGT manages a portfolio of companies that provide businesses and consumers with compelling information, analysis, insight, events, news and entertainment. The Group takes a long-term approach to investment and has market-leading positions in consumer media, insurance risk, property information, education technology, energy information and events & exhibitions. In total, DMGT generates revenues of around £1 billion.