Dubai: Home Away from Home (2009)

by Palace

Most of contemporary urban planning is dedicated to re-solving problems. Due to the non-centralised infrastructure of Dubai, and the advent of major expansions, the focus of urban planning should be dealt with prominence on transit-oriented development, reducing the proportion of new development occurring in low-densities. Construction should redirect new development to defined and established areas. The other criteria should be the proximity of dense housing. The relationship of three factors (mixed-used activity centres, transit orientated development and the proximity of high density) should be numerously plotted over Dubai’´s current urban structure in already developed and established zones.

Similarly to Walter Christaller's 'Central Place Theory' the effectiveness of this design assumes numerous things about Dubai: 1. Dubai has an even distribution of resources and population throughout the city and 2. that the city is set on an isotropic, homogeneous and unbounded limitless surface.

Each centre (Activity Node) aims to minimise the ...

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Most of contemporary urban planning is dedicated to re-solving problems. Due to the non-centralised infrastructure of Dubai, and the advent of major expansions, the focus of urban planning should be dealt with prominence on transit-oriented development, reducing the proportion of new development occurring in low-densities. Construction should redirect new development to defined and established areas. The other criteria should be the proximity of dense housing. The relationship of three factors (mixed-used activity centres, transit orientated development and the proximity of high density) should be numerously plotted over Dubai’´s current urban structure in already developed and established zones.

Similarly to Walter Christaller's 'Central Place Theory' the effectiveness of this design assumes numerous things about Dubai: 1. Dubai has an even distribution of resources and population throughout the city and 2. that the city is set on an isotropic, homogeneous and unbounded limitless surface.

Each centre (Activity Node) aims to minimise the distance that consumers are prepared to travel to acquire goods as in the case of Dubai now, the inconvenience of the good outweighs the need for the good. The concentration of development within designated activity centres close to transport nodes places particular emphasis on public transport over automobile mediated suburbs of Dubai dependant on the car. The notion of public transport also fills the anti-social void that the abundance of motorways and the lack of public space Dubai garners. The implementation of urban-growth boundries in Dubai will reduce urban sprawl and these dense nodes, utopic in their method of un-engineering, aim to consolidate the current built environment and multiply it vertically forming ten dense clusters and to allow for the addition of public green zones, or more aptly sand-space to propagate naturally in-between.

Common to each centre is an irregular ovoid structure whose role as a didactic leitmotif both formally and functionally forms the framework for Dubai to regenerate. This, termed 'entosurb' (from entos- "within, inside" + urbs (gen. urbis) "city."), is formally a vertically aligned system with common spaces for meeting and decision making, and private living spaces with the aim of minimising the geographic impact on the Earth’´s surface. Each ´'entosurb' located within a centre will have the common program of being housing for construction workers, a component of local government and a third program suited to the centre it is housed in. For example if a centre has more potency in energy production then the third component of the entosurb could be the department of energy and be responsible for the education of the workers. The 'entosurb' described specifically in this project is part union, part local government, and part housing for construction workers.

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