Design Katha

Design Katha: Port City Future City: Creative View Point

16 Jan, 18:00 - 18:30  GMT+5:30

Online Event

Buildings transcend function. They are symbols. Icons reflecting visions, missions and philosophies. What are the connections between aspiration and execution? In other words, how do we translate wider objectives into tangible architecture? Port City embodies this question. The mission is to create a smart city of the future. A fully self contained ecosystem offering new urban, consumerist, lifestyle and business experiences. Every city has a beginning. The unique and dynamic Port City sales pavilion is the first structure on site, marking the intent of the project. Join both Port City and pavilion architects Balmond Studio in a discussion about the Port City project and how it will impact the future.




James graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA Hons Degree in French Linguistics, moving into the advertising world in 2007. Over the next 7 years he evolved into a senior creative copywriter, brand guardian and Creative Director, working on brands including Disney, Toyota, Lexus, Puma, Citroen, Nissan and Starbucks. In 2015, James joined Balmond Studio as Creative Director exclusively. He is responsible for the development of brand infrastructure and communication as well as conceptual and strategic growth throughout the organisational network.

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Hania Halabi

Hania Halabi is a Palestinian Architect ( Bsc, MA, ARB, RIBA), registered in the Architects Registration Board and a Chartered Member of the Institute of British Architects. She joined Balmond Studios in January 2016 as the personal research assistant for Cecil Balmond OBE, to help with his last research about a new theory of form. By the end of 2012, she moved to working on architectural projects within the studio, which range in program and scale from a small pavilion to complex integrated resort. Prior to that Hania worked as an Architect at Senan Abdelqader Architects in Jerusalem for 18 months, practicing in three major competitions, one of which was given an honor prize.


Yamuna Jayaratne

Yamuna Jayaratne is a marketing professional and Real Estate expert with over 20 years of experience predominantly in foreign owned and global real estate companies.  She has held senior management positions for over a decade and currently serves at the Director for Sales and Marketing for CHEC Port City Colombo. She is also the mother of two and an avid art enthusiast.


Amy Yang

A book author and blogger lives in Colombo, the one who writes Sri Lanka most in Chinese Language. 7 books pubished and with more than one million follower in China. Chief Media Officer for Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka