This is fourth year design studio course introduces students of Architecture to elements that create a design within an urban context and facilitates their planning of urban layouts. The focus of this course is on implementing analytical methods, representation techniques and provisional approaches that is a capstone of any urban design and physical planning. Through studio-based exercises, students will be introduced to tools that aid their interpretation, visualization, and implementation of urban plans. This will range from mapping of social, geographical, cultural, and historical experiences in that region; also the development of approaches for the provision of infrastructure site parcelization in future developments; massing and their uses and height zoning of the 3rd dimension. A number of studio-based exercises and assignments will place students in a broad range of urban conflicts and situations through various scales and cultural perspectives that give rise to a city. – See more at: http://www.aud.edu/architecture_art_design/en/page/914/course-descriptions#sthash.BmWxJvEA.dpuf
URBAMENTARY is an urban morphology in which transit nodes and systems are connected while stressing upon the human experience throughout. 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.