#designthinking #CompetitionEntry Desert Habitat
The 500 acre settlement has been designed to be net-zero enabled, with 125 acres of self-sufficient xeriscaping. An additional experiential layer is added in the form of a 3 kilometre long continuous, self-sustainable eco-channel with an uninterrupted pedestrian precinct, across the site. This waterway takes inspiration from the Indian ghats (broad flight of steps leading down to water), to create quality recreational and cultural places on the waterfront. The large waterway aids in evaporative cooling, to create a microclimate on site that offsets the harsh desert climate of Dubai.
Strategies to generate series of micro-climates to enable some level of indoor-outdoor living essential to Indian lifestyles, have been incorporated. The arrangement of residential blocks are reminiscent of the close packed low-rise, high-density living format in India, facilitating high community engagement. The resultant small, self-shaded, pedestrianised segments are preferred due to the adverse heat in the region.