MADINAT AL SOOR, DUBAI WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT, FOR NAKHEEL, DUBAI, 2007-2009
Urban designer along with RMJM, for the one million square meter “Madinat Al Soor” mixed-use development, a sustainable, modern pedestrian city for approximately 22,000 new residents. Located at the harbor entrance to Waterfront City, Madinat Al Soor will include residences, souks, hotels, as well as civic and cultural facilities which derive its inspiration from the richly textured, Arabic settlements, with their narrow and intimate streets, compact, low-rise buildings and courtyards, canal systems and waterfront spaces, and emphasis on environmental sustainability. While prototypical Arabic town planning principles inform the project, individual buildings and spaces will reflect a modern understanding of the Arabic architectural vernacular and will conform to contemporary building methods. Indigenous sustainable design techniques will be integrated, with an emphasis on passive solar shading and sitting to achieve a natural cooling effect. The site’s position is ideally situated to capture the cooling breezes of the local northwesterly prevailing wind, and the combination of solar shading, light ventilated roof systems, and landscape design could result in energy savings of as much as 30 to 40 percent.
NEBULA, MADINAT AL ARAB, DUBAI, 2006-2007
Architect and master planner with Shirdel and Associates. Overall master plan and building design for 300,000 sqm of commercial and residential gross floor area, which is a kilometer long and 250 meters wide. The project in Precinct C is made up of seven plots over three street blocks of varying height from 10 to 55 stories along the sea and the canal. The proposal suggests a cohesive heterogeneous urban space, which facilitates the buildings with direct accessibility of public spaces in various levels. The proposal is a merger of public and private spaces linking the boulevard, park and the beach throughout the canal and canal esplanade. The master plan visually is based on a main icon and several signature buildings, including a resort, with a linear expression along the side of the beach, reinforced by two other major features; Boulevard Park and the Retail Spine/Arcade.
DUBAI MASTER PLAN, FOR DUBAI MUNICIPALITY, 1982-1985
Senior Architect, Town Planner. Directed the master plan and city development documents for the city of Dubai. The plan included a development scheme for the old downtown and envisioned the plan for the city as well as the wider plan on the Emirates level. The program includes residential, commercial, industrial zoning, highways, a new airport, parks, cultural and civic institutions and public transportation.
STUDY OF DUBAI CREEK IN VIEW OF THE INSCRIPTION ON THE WORLD HERITAGE LIST FOR UNESCO, FOR THE ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE DEPARTMENT OF DUBAI MUNICIPALITY, 2012
Consultant to provide technical assistance for the preparation of the Nomination File in view of the inscription of Dubai Creek on the World Heritage List for UNESCO, for the Architectural Heritage Department of Dubai Municipality.
The output of the consultancy was a series of research papers detailing three distinct aspects relating to the history and heritage of Dubai and of Dubai Creek: Life along the Creek; Boats and boat owners and seafarers; A comparative review of the Gulf cities and their commercial role from the late 19th century to the present.