Al Tamimi presents concepts for the future of city living

At Fahad al Tamimi Architecture, we are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to improve what we do on a day to day basis.


Often, this includes researching the most cutting edge technologies being used on a large scale and trying to find ways we can incorporate them into our own designs.


Of all the latest concepts to come out in recent years about the future of urban living, one of the most interesting ones are the ideas of ‘walkability’ and ‘hyperdensity’.


In theory walkability works to serve the needs of the urban populous on several levels. Firstly, the removal of vehicles from roadways opens up space for people to walk in safety, reduces noise and air pollutions and improves the environment; it also encourages exercise, meaning healthier citizens.


In terms of hyperdensity, we are already seeing dozens of innovative technologies in cities like Tokyo, where there is a constant demand for housing and little space for development. Normally, this means taller buildings or deeper underground developments (in this case for transport).


Hyperdensity takes the notion of urban living and creates a 3D concept whereby vertical neighbourhoods are stacked above each other and interconnected with walkways and bridges.


Those familiar with urban projects across the world know this isn’t a new concept but the difficulty comes in creating spacious, pleasant environments while making the most of limited floor space and light.


In China, a new city is under development which will be completely car-free. The urban centre will  house 80,000 people and located outside Chengdu. Great City, as it will be known will be completely walkable and surrounded by green space. The walk from city centre to countryside will be a mere 10 minutes on foot or by mass transit.


The result of all this work is a city that uses half as much energy and 60% less water than a conventional city of a similar proportion, there will also be a tenth of the waste normally sent to landfill


While it might not appear that such large-scale developments are irrelevant to Fahad Al Tamimi Architecture’s work, our firm constantly strives to be at the fore of design and architecture.


If we can incorporate more green and efficient ideologies into urban spaces, we can avoid the mistakes experienced as a result of sixties and seventies developments.


By Fahad Al Tamimi


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