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Dubai based X-Architects recently unveiled the Urban Oasis, their latest sustainable master plan for Al Ain.  The 12-hectare urban development was conceived as a “micro-specific, compact, and passive sustainable urban oasis.”  Inspired by the existing natural environment and the traditional dense urban fabric of Islamic cities, the master plan develops an “environmental synergy between landscape and urbanity.” More about the master plan after the break. “Carved out of a site that was formerly a park, the new development brings this latent oasis condition to the fore through the way the natural environmental condition is woven together with the dense urban fabric,” explained the architects. The new master plan is comprised of a highly refined mixed-use program organized into four clusters.  The placement of the clusters creates a “porous urban infrastructure that encourages pedestrians to circulate and filter through its intimate and public spaces”.  The master plan favors pedestrian-friendly spaces as cars are limited to three drop off areas and the parking is located on a subterranean level to eliminate pollution and congestion within the immediate areas.  A spa and a wedding hotel, a central plaza with a mosque, a cultural center with gallery space and library, and a sports/daycare center, are placed through the site to build upon the oasis idea and generate a vibrant ‘micro-public realm’. View more View full description
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