Liveable, interconnected cities are critical to our prosperity, but what makes a city liveable? This is the key focus of our July edition. However, I believe this can only be answered when the issue of sustainability is simultaneously addressed, as we do on page 18. Muhammad Obaid, Principal architect at Emkaan architecture and Engineering Consultancy, believes that technology will have a significant contribution towards Dubai becoming a smart and liveable city with the help of driver-less cars and drones that will minimise traffic and therefore free up congested roads. He also points to the importance of creating micro-climates that can alter temperatures and therefore create more harmonious environments for residents. Read more from him on page 30.
We also meet the designers behind the Luxemburg Pavilion for the Expo 2020. They have taken inspiration from the small country’s ambitious outlook and have replicated the notion of the circular economy by using a Möbius strip, representing a circular economy. See more on page 20. We also look at community inspired projects that interconnect their inhabitants by providing safe and inspiring environments, from a school in Dubai to a public park in Malaysia.
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