The winners of the second Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction from across region Africa Middle East were announced at a ceremony in Marrakech. Total prize money of USD 270,000 was presented to eleven projects that illustrated the broad scope for applying sustainable construction approaches to the built environment across public and private architecture, urban planning, and environmental remediation.Sustainable construction projects applauded across Africa Middle East » pour en savoir plus (French) »
Xeritown is a mixed-use property development at an urban scale located on the outskirts of Dubai. The proposal respects its site-context of desert hot and arid climate, while at the same time demonstrating lessons and principles out of the rich tradition of city patterns and dwellings in the Middle East. Most projects in the area consider the site as tabula rasa on which to impose an artiﬁcial urban context.
In a radical departure from the conventional approach, Xeritown integrates the desert and local climate by working with the natural environment instead of against it. The master plan relies on the clustering of building volumes within the less productive areas of the site, thus sparing the more productive zones to support the complementary landscaping.
The traditional settlement principles of narrow internal streets providing shading from the hot sun, intimate courtyards and perforated walls have been systematically adapted and optimized. The project is commended for its novel, alternative approach to property development within the booming economy of Dubai while remaining sensitive to context issues such as topography, sun, wind and socio-cultural priorities of the residents.See more
The Xeritown responsive urban planning strategy is a mixed-use property development on Dubai’s outskirts. The strategy returns to the traditional settlement principles of Arab villages, focused on narrow shade-covered streets, intimate courtyards and perforated walls. By integrating the desert and local climate, the result is a systematically adapted and optimized design.Download project entry poster (PDF, 1.77 MB) »