COMPETITION | URBAN THINKERS CAMPUS 2016
Urban Thinkers Campus is an initiative of UN-Habitat conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban actors who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to positive urban transformations.
It is also intended as a platform to build consensus transformations. It is also intended as a platform to build consensus between partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges and proposing solutions to urban futures. Dubai Real estate Institute in partnership with the International Real Estate Federation is hosting the premier Urban Thinkers Campus for the Middle East on the theme The City We Need, and will bring together urban thinkers and established partner organizations and constituencies to reflect on current urban challenges and trends and to propose a new paradigm. The new paradigm will be a contribution to the New Urban Agenda, which will be delivered at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016.
URBAMENTARY is an urban morphology in which transit nodes and systems are connected while stressing upon the human experience throughout. The word Urbamentary is composed of the words Urban and Integument while implying an elementary behavior in the urban context. The proposed design bids to create an identity for Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City while addressing major urban design issues, mainly concerning walkability, transit connectivity and lack of public spaces. The design took shape considering the pedestrian flow, the 200 meters catchment around the transit stations and the surrounding urban fabric. The design allows for flexibility, in diversifying the spaces according to the needs of the site and the users. By adopting several strategies and smart technologies, the design extends to form a bridge across the site as such to allow ease of movement in a comfortable and controlled environment. Brief, the development extends and forms a skin over the existing urban layer, enhancing the existing urban space and promoting resilience.