Planning and designing urban places in response to climate and local culture: A case study of Mussafah District in Abu Dhabi
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This paper deals with how climate and local culture specifics contribute to urban diversity, and how they affect the way urban spaces are being conceived, planned and designed. The authors argue that regardless of the globally accepted principles of sustainability which emphasize smart responses, diversity and culture as the prime drives in urban development of, cities around the world are continually experiencing the all-alike solutions, which often compromise their identity and character. Having taken the genuine stands of the philosophy as a starting point for examining the subject, the authors explore and present how the climate specifics, along with the uniqueness of local culture, lead toward the solutions which make a difference to their cities. The discussion is illustrated by the case study the authors were engaged in, the Mussafah District project in Abu Dhabi, a redevelopment proposal recently initiated and developed by International Society of Urban and Regional Pla...nners -ISOCARP and Urban Planning Council of Abu Dhabi.
Keywords:Urban places / Sustainability / Climate / Culture / Mussafah District
Source:Spatium, 2011, 25, 14-22
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