It’s a well-known fact that the quality of public recreational spaces available, determines the quality of one’s life. In our dense cities, public spaces are more important than ever, especially with most of us working longer hours and spending copious amounts of time with our heads buried in our phones or tablets rather than looking up and interacting with people face to face during lunchtime or at weekends. In the UAE, although we have just lost a beautiful recreational space in Safa Park, Dubai due to the construction of the new canal project, considering we’re living in the desert we are blessed with numerous green parks with first class facilities. In other cities, such as Birmingham in the UK, it’s been over a century since they have had a new public park so one can imagine their excitement at the opening of the city’s Eastside Park back in 2013. On page 40 we take a look at the design brief for the park and how it was implemented by London based architects Patel Taylor.
Keeping with the theme of public spaces, Sishane Park in Istanbul goes beyond the traditional notion of a public park and instead creates a triad of multi-disciplined recreational spaces that can accommodate cultural programs, as well as provide ample resting areas for visitors. (Page 22)
Also read our features on the nine bridges project in South Korea, King Saud Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and get a sneak peak at Dubai’s newest design district, D3, designed by landscaped architects Cracknell.
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• Cracknell to Landscape new design district in Dubai, d3
• Interview with Kamelia Bin Zaal, Creative Director of Al Barari
• Şişhane Park... Gateway to cultures of creativity Istanbul, Turkey
• King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University
• A Submerged Green
• Exhibition, Lectures, Workshop and Rooftop Event at Qatar University
• Birmingham city’s first new park
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