Dubai, UAE | 2007


Dubai is going through an unprecedented phase of urbanization and growth. Unfortunately, the majority of urban design initiatives stem from imported models that ignore the social and cultural context, and propose exhausted and failed models that have long since been abandoned. The end results of most current development strategies have insisted on mono-functional themed zoning, which forces the inhabitant to travel from one development to another in order to live, work and play. The large-scale introduction of corporate tower development schemes along with their attendant infrastructure and commercial typologies such as shopping malls have let to the current paradoxical conditions of extreme built densities and associated vehicular congestion with a dismal lack of urban life at every scale. Urbanity, the possibility of the social and cultural richness offered by public space is what is at stake. We are proposing a fundamentally new model for mixed-use development which, contrary to two-dimensional zoning strategies, coordinates infrastructure, landscape and architecture into a coherent whole which delivers spectacular urban environments that are greater than the sum of its parts.

Project Info

Finalist International Competition  |  Gross Floor Area: 300,000m²  |  Type: Mixed-Use Development  |  Structure: Multiple


Project Credits


Jesse Reiser + Nanako Umemoto


Design Team

Kutan Ayata, Mitsuhisa Matsunaga, Cooper Mack, Michael Overby, Neil Cook


Interns and Assistants

Juan De Marco

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