In this issue, We look at two projects’ designs that have been influenced by the past and the history of its surroundings. The first is a public passageway created by Fletcher Studio titled Dogpatch Ropewalk, located in San Francisco in the Dogpatch historic district and was completed this year with a budget of $1.2 million. Taking inspiration from the site’s industrial past and connections to maritime history, it was designed with the aim of being an engaging public passageway that revives the historic pier. The second project is a watchtower called Pompejus located in Fort de Roovere in Halsteren, West Brabant in the South of Netherlands which was named after the first commander of the fortress, Pompejus de Roovere.
The tower looks out over the West Brabant Water Defence Line, the oldest part of the Zuiderwaterlinie running from Bergen op Zoom to Grave and has an open-air theatre and is an information point for tourists. From the past to the future, we take a look at a new development by renowned Japanese Architect Kenzo Tange - Metropolitan Investment Park – which is situated on the university campus of Jordan University of Science and Technology and is a mix and match of towers, greenways, investment, and urban renewal. Another innovative design in Jordan is the Ayla Golf Academy & Club house which is currently under construction in Aqaba is inspired by the natural desert dunes and mountains of the surrounding desert, architectural heritage and ancient Bedouin traditions. The 40,000 square foot structure is part of the first phase of the approximately 17 square mile leisure development. We feature ground breaking projects of Sharjah by Sharjah Urban Planning Council. The key projects include Sharjah beach development project, University city road enhancement project and Sharjah cycling and jogging path project.
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