“Streets and their sidewalks, the main public places of a city, are its most vital organs. Think of a city and what comes to mind? Its streets.”
– Jane Jacobs
The city has witnessed an exceptionally fast-paced urban growth during the past three decades, hence becoming one of the most iconic cities in the world, well known for its skyscrapers, luxurious resorts and diverse attractions. What about its streets?
Time lapse – an unprecedented (steady) growth
Dubai’s urban fabric is extended rapidly over 400 times and this resulted in many urban planning challenges especially in terms of urban mobility. Currently moving around the city is facilitated through six-lane highways, flyover junctions, overhead transit rail and a new tramline although as the city will be expanding even more through the coming years and is planning for EXPO 2020, with 25 million expected visitors, it is time to enhance and improve the quality of its urban fabric and public space.
Increase pedestrian safety and public realm quality by narrowing vehicular lanes