Getting Smart Our September issues focuses on smart solutions to everyday issues that crop up for Landscape professionals and often act as a barrier in realising projects. Citygreen has pioneered the Stratavault soil structure system in the UAE, and Al Wasl properties is the first development to showcase this innovative product, which will aid developers to green urban landscapes in a more sustainable and efficient way. (page 26) In Kuwait, Spanish architects AGi had to rethink the design and layout of the typical Middle Eastern home and develop a new strategy that would accommodate the country’s extreme temperates in summer, providing shade and privacy without minimising on the outdoor space that residents crave most of the year.
They achieved this through clever design and built three gardens on different levels of the home. The first is known as a wet room on the ground floor, the second is a summer garden designed on the coolest layer, which is four meters below ground where the heat will evaporate upwards and the third is a winter garden located on the roof, complete with a perforated skin which will keep occupants away from the direct sunlight.(page40) Don’t miss our interview with Robert Shakespeare, group design director at Cracknell. Shakespeare outlines the importance of the public realm in cities such as Dubai for not only beautifying the landscape but equally for connecting residents with the outdoors and each other.
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