X-Architects and SMAQ has designed a pedestrian-orientated scheme in Dubailand that is inspired by local nature

Xeritown is a new sustainable urban complex in Dubai for the emerging Dubailand urban district designed by X-Architects and SMAQ .

The scheme encourages a pedestrian-orientated lifestyle and minimum energy consumption.

Dubailand is a new extension of the city towards the inland desert. Xeritown takes the desert and local climate as a context within which the urban form emerges by working with the natural environment instead of against it.


Key points

• To consider environmental conditions (wind, sun, humidity) as generators of the urban form
• To integrate landscape, architecture and infrastructure in one system where all the parts collaborate to create a socially rich environment
• To consider sustainable design as an approach that permeates the entire design process, and not as simply finding technical solutions in the final phases
• To encourage a pedestrian-orientated lifestyle in a city which is strongly car-oriented and minimize energy consumption through active and passive means at an urban level as well as user level
• To conserve ecological resources like water, soil, flora and fauna to enhance the bio-diversity