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Palm Pilot Study

The Palm Jumeirah, a man-made, 560-hectare peninsula dotted with villas, holiday homes and apartment blocks, has been expanding off the coast of Dubai since 2001. No matter how impressive this detached, anti-urban exclave might appear, it has some serious issues as well. SMAQ, a Berlin office for architecture and urbanism, has taken a detailed look at the Palm project, using its example to develop an urban manifesto of critical transformation. Editors Sabine Müller and Andreas Quednau show how isolated districts can be transformed into a socially and ecologically open city, and how issues such as affordable living areas, public infrastructure, biodiversity, and energy supply can be addressed using targeted tactical intervention. Various strategies are explained using detailed illustrations and references, which make this charter a handbook for socially and ecologically committed urban development. AN

Sabine Müller, Andreas Quednau (SMAQ)
Charter of Dubai – A Manifesto of Critical Urban Transformation
english
Jovis, Berlin
104 pages
€32
ISBN 978-3-86859-165-1 

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