MENA has become one of the fastest growing global real estate markets. Foreign developers have infused billions of dollars into Oman, Qatar, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and other countries – helping to push continued and further growth. In this issue, we explore the major growth of the landscape industry across the Middle East and look at projects such as Hai d3 - a mixed-use community that serves as headquarters to the Dubai Design District, the hub for emerging local creative talent in the UAE. Turn to page 26 for more.
We also take a look at X-Architects latest UAE project - Wasit Natural Reserve. Originally a waste-water and rubbish dump site, the area is now home to 350 species of birds, a landing zone for 33,000 migrate birds, and a breathing lung to Sharjah city. See page 40.
Outside of the MENA region, we discover projects such as DELVA Landscape Architects / Urbanism plan for ‘The Green Entrance’ in The Hague in western Netherlands.The plan covers a unique area with ‘KoninginJulianaplein’, the historic ‘Koekamp’, the ‘Malieveld’ and the ‘HaagseBos’. In Argentina, we learn the importance of the use of green roofs and how they are used for improving urban environmental quality through reduction of storm water runoff, reduction of heating and cooling costs and of urban heat island impact.
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