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Project Regeneration s we enjoy the last few weeks of Spring before the dreaded heat comes back with summer, we use this issue to reflect on the various regeneration projects that have revitalized older buildings and landscapes bringing them into the 21st Century without losing their original charm. The cape, including the Club Med surroundings located on the eastern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, was given the highest level of land protection because of its outstanding geological and botanical value. But in 2003 the project was closed and remained so until regeneration works where completed in 2009-10 and today it remains the Mediterranean coast’s biggest restoration project ever. See page 48. Another eye-catching project is that of Salwator Square in Kraków, Poland. The square is located in one of Krakow’s historical districts and badly needed to be brought back to life! Salwator district was based on the garden-city concept and remains one of the more pleasant places in Kraków. Page 38. On Page 12 we focus on the Shoreline Walk, a sequence of connected urban spaces, which form an important part of the reconstruction of Beirut city centre. The area suffered extensive physical and emotional damage during the civil war between 1975 and 1991 and this projects serves as a reminder of how far the city has come in terms of physically rebuilding. We also feature two new landscaping projects in China, as well as Oman. Enjoy the issue!

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Contents April 2013- Issue 70

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12 Shoreline Walk: Beirut Lebanon 18 Interview with Nishrin Kothambawala 24 Abu Dhabi Corniche Beach: Abu Dhabi's Scenic Boulevard


32 Khawr Awqad A Catalyst for Change 38 Historical district Salwator Square 42 Artistic living: Wulin Palace Zhongbei district in Hangzhou - China

48 Tudela-Culip (Club Med) restoration project in ‘Cap de Creus’ Cape 54 Interview with: Daniel McNamara


60 Commercial Hub: Sowwah Square 64 Second Lobby: Landscape for Seoul Broadcasting System


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ad Al Hamar (5 hectors) and Al Aweer 2 (3.6 hectors) residential parks by H.E Mohammed Al Shaibani, Directo General The Ruler’s Court and Khalid Ali Bin Zayed, Assistant Director General of DM respectively. Eng. Hussain Nassir Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, Ahmad Abdul Kareem, Director Public Parks and Horticulture, Mohammed Al Nouri, Director Corporate Marketing and Relations and a number of senior officials were present on the occasion. The newly opened parks during the plantation week include Al Hubab Park (4.7 hectors), Al Hubab Public Square(0.07 hectors), Al Warqa 2 Park(0.5 hectors) and Khawaneej Jogging Track (3,090 meters). Eng. Hussain Nassir Lootah said that the civic body has been taking part in this national ecofriendly initiative since its launching confirming its keenness to preserve the environment and sustainable development in tune with its vision to create an excellent city that provides essence of success and comfort of sustainable living. Eng. Ahmad Abdul Kareem pointed out that all newly opened parks are specially designed for families and free of entry charge. The public parks and horticulture department has exerted its maximum efforts to plant most suitable trees, bushes, shrubs and flowers inside and outside the parks. The parks are also provided with synthetic jogging tracks, solar powered illumination systems, comfortable playing and workout areas for kids and families in addition to the amenities such as toilets and cafeterias. ‘Number of public parks in the emirate of Dubai reached to 122 so far including residential and public parks. Different types of solar power systems are used in every park,’ he said.


H.E Mohammed Al Shaibani opens Nad Al Hamar Park

DM opens six new residential parks during 33rd Plantation Week Dubai Municipality opened six new residential parks with public squares jogging tracks as part of the 33rd Plantation Week Activities 0 3 under the theme ‘Together We Plant the UAE’ in different parts of the emirate of Dubai.

Khalid Ali Bin Zayed opens Al Aweer 2 Park

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News & Events INDEX brings World’s newest and most innovative Interior Design Products and Trends to the Middle East Engineer Salah Amiri, the Assistant Director General for Environmental and Public Health Services Sector of the Dubai Municipality, inaugurated the first edition of Outdoor Design Build & Supply.

First edition of Outdoor and Landscaping Show launched More than 00 local and international brands gather to capitalise on US$ .4 billion GCC landscaping and gardening sector


ng. Salah Amiri, the Assistant Director General for Public Health and Environmental Services of the Dubai Municipality, has inaugurated the first edition of Outdoor Design Build & Supply, the Middle East’s dedicated landscaping and exterior design trade show. Held last 25-27 March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the three-day event is hosted by Dubai Municipality, and has brought together more than 100 brands from around the globe involved in the creation of private and public outdoor areas. With GCC governments keen to step up their efforts to create more ‘green’ spaces across the region, coupled with a resurgent GCC construction sector – where the value of new awarded projects is forecast to grow by 33% in 2013 to reach US$64.5 billion – the timing is perfect for the landscape and garden sectors to capitalize on a steady flow of increased opportunities. Outdoor Design & Build and Supply’s organizers, Streamline Marketing Group, estimate that about 10% (US$6.4 billion) of the value of the new construction contractor awards expected in 2013 will feed into the landscaping and exterior design sector, with the dedicated show providing the perfect setting for organizations to meet with thousands of key decision makers. Thea Skelton, Project Director of Outdoor Design Build & Supply, said: “The GCC construction surge we are now witnessing means billions of dollars are being spent on new housing complexes, hotels and resorts, leisure parks, shopping malls and various government infrastructure projects. “There will subsequently be a secondary boom for the landscaping sector, with

numerous developments across the region requiring hundreds of square kilometers of outdoor landscaping.” “Over the next three days, exhibitors will be presented with the ideal opportunity to showcase their latest products and services to a targeted audience of Government and Urban Planning Officials, Public Parks and Horticulture Directors, Landscape Architects, Garden Designers, Contractors, Distributors, Wholesalers, Retailers, and Leisure Industry Destinations.” The first edition of Outdoor Design Build & Supply featured two-days of seminars, where leading industry players will deliver case study examples of best practice in green landscaping and infrastructure, delving into the unique challenges the Middle East faces in sustainable urban development. Moderated by Geoffrey Sanderson, Principal Director of GCLA International and Kamran Seyed Azizi, President of the Emirates Society of Landscape, the sessions will cover topics including the growth of local plants and landscaping conditions in the GCC; golf course and sustainable irrigation; play equipment in outdoor environments; and sustainability in hotel landscaping. Outdoor Design Build & Supply has attracted organisations from all over the globe, including Australia, India, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, UK, and the USA. Many are looking to make their first foray into the Middle East market, such as Australian company Grass By The Metre, and Vitaroofs, an American manufacturer of green roofing systems, that designs and installs custom made roofs incorporating gardens and grasses. Meanwhile local exhibitors at the dedicated showpiece include Barari Forest Management, the UAE’s only company performing large scale relocation of native trees and fauna across the country; and the Gulf Rubber Factory, the Al Ain based used tyre recycling facility that recycles two million vehicle tyres annually.

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• Green and texture the buzz words at the must-attend show to discover new products and services from the international interior and exterior design world • The region’s biggest and best design experience for professionals from the interiors and architecture worlds


NDEX International Design Exhibition, the region’s largest and longest running design and interiors exhibition, is shaping up for another successful edition. Since its inception 23 years ago, the show has attracted the world’s leading interior designer brands, eager to showcase their latest products and designs to the regional architecture and design community. The premier interiors and design exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from Monday 20th till Thursday 23rd of May 2013. Key trends identified for this year’s show include the continued growth of green and environmentally-friendly products – including recycled and up-cycled objects and materials. In the lighting sector, the focus is made on specialized and custom made lighting and fittings. At this year’s INDEX you will see a happy marriage of the well coveted classical decorative chandeliers with a modern contemporary twist. INDEX will also present modern home automation technologies, which are shaping new trends in the design sector. The geologist trend in the textile sector which focuses on organic and imperfections of geological textures, the science of nature and its quality also becomes very popular in the Middle East; as well as significant growth and demand for varied textural finishes across surfaces, including tiles and flooring. Running for the 23rd consecutive year, INDEX has established itself as the regional hub for the interior and fit-out industry; providing a yearly platform for designer, architects and companies to connect, to share their inspirations and innovations, and to grow their business. With the GCC construction industry well into recovery and the associated interior fit-out sector, in particular residential fit-outs, expected to rise by 17 per cent in 2013 , INDEX International Design Exhibition will once again support the further development of the region’s design industry. INDEX will cover all interior and exterior designs sectors under one roof, occupying 20,000 square meters of exhibition space organized in seven product-specific show sections: Furnishing; Kitchen & Bathroom; Lighting; Outdoor Living; Objets; Surfaces & Finishes; and Textiles. Further information on the show and pre-registration form are available at or on the show’s Facebook pages INDEXDubai

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News & Events country’s unremitting efforts to prepare for hosting the FIFA World Cup2022. Sports are expected to play a key role during the coming years in the country’s economic, urban and cultural development, attracting many promising projects and foreign investments. “Valley City” project” is designed by MZ Architects – Lebanon. MZ Architects received the Retail and Leisure Award for the design of “Al Ain stadium” at MIPIM Future Project Awards ceremony 2012. The Valley City is expected will provide housing and a business integrated environment that stems from the project’s internal components Sheikh Thani Bin Abdulla Bin Thani Al and various facilities, and interface with its Thani (SAK Holding Group Chairman) external surroundings, because the concept of the project is to build a city near one of the stadiums where the sporting events of the “Valley City” project design for “SAK Holding Group”, one of World Cup 2022 will be held. Qatar’s leading companies in the Real Estate Sector, has won The project will include thousands of an award at the MIPIM Future Project Award Ceremony for the Residential Units divided into Houses and best “REGENERATION & MASTERPLANNING” category, which different sized Apartments and Villas of various areas, and a Resort attached to a four is one of the most important international architectural awards star Hotel, built over an area of 12 thousand recognized regionally and globally. square meters, and a 250,000 square meter Central Park, a 40,000 square meter Mall, atari companies stole the spotlights and 20,000 square at the annual MIPIM Future Project meters Markets, Award Ceremony. This event is and a Cultural organized by “Architectural Review Village built over “, a renowned engineering magazine. Qatari 20,000 square companies topped 2 of 11 categories, meters in addition SAK Holding Group project, the “Valley to Business and City”, topped the “Regeneration & Master Commercial Offices Planning” category, while Qatar Olympic and Recreation Area Committee project, “Doha City Tennis and various facilities Stadium”, topped the “Sport & Stadiums” and Green Areas at category. Observers believe the results reflect different locations. international recognition of Qatar’s gigantic SAK Holding efforts to prepare to host the FIFA World Cup Group Chairman, 2022. Sheikh Thani bin MIPIM Future Project Awards Ceremony Abdullah Al Thani Group photo of Dr. Sheikh Khaled Bin Thani Al Thani (Chairman at Ezdan Holding held at the JW Marriott in the French city of Group), to his right side engineer Hesham Al-Sahatri (CEO at Sak Holding Group), and dedicated this Cannes on 13 March 7, 2013 is the Mecca on his left side Engineer Marwan Zugheib (The owner of MZ Architects) and standing by international prize of Real Estate Industry Top Leaders from all his side, Mr. Abdul Rahman Al-Najjar (Advisor to Chairman at Sak Holding Group). awarded to “Valley over the world. Competitions held during the City” project to event attract designs and plans prepared for “Valley City” project received a Special Tribute H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, creative architectural projects in foreign and from the Judges, they considered the project as the Emir of the State of Qatar and H.H. Arab countries. The designs are all subject to a “consolidated architectural milestone”; and Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Heir a careful assessment process by a committee believed that the designs are highly creative Apparent and his wise leadership, under of international judges.Taking part in an showcasing elegant engineering and architectural which the country is forwarding towards competition of this magnitude such as MIPIM” details, that respond to the growing population higher levels of well-being. He expressed his SAK Holding Group aimed to give its first basic and future needs and requirements. They happiness that “Valley City” project design project “Valley City” a special dimension, also said that the designs adhere to Standards won a regional and global accreditation, following the footsteps of many Arab, local and of Quality and Sustainability, Health and Safety being the first project the Group plan to global real estate and engineering companies that that contribute positively and effectively in the build in Qatar in the future. He said: “this won a long list of awards for mega construction Community’s development. engineering achievement give the real estate projects, the most prominent of which, was “Valley City” Project to be built on an area of sector a unique urban and development mark “Musherib – Doha Land” that won in 2011 3million square meters reflects SAK Holding and will boost the company towards further two awards, one for the “Multi Use Designs” Group future Strategy. Namely, to contribute successes and accomplishments which will category and another for the “Best Architectural in Qatar’s Real Estate Sector Development, in entrench Qatar’s real estate position in the line with Qatar National Vision 2030 and the Design” category. region and worldwide.

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News & Events Agra Middle East, Vet Middle East inaugurated by H.E. Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health. His Excellency Abdul Rahman Al Owais, UAE Minister of Health has officially inaugurated AGRA Middle East and VET Middle East, the region’s specialist agribusiness and veterinary trade events.


eld last 26-28 March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, AGRA Middle East is the region’s largest agriculture business trade event, further reinforced by a remarkable 20 per cent yearon-year growth in 2013. The three-day event hosted more than 200 agriculture, poultry, fishing, and horticulture businesses from 30 countries, with the seventh edition also featuring the inaugural AGRAme Awards at a lavish gala dinner ceremony. Eighteen finalists from more than 50 entries will contest for top honours among five separate categories, including the Best new Agriculture product for the Gulf Market; the Best new Landscaping Product for the Gulf Market; the Best new Poultry product for the Gulf Market; the Farm Innovation Award for Agriculture; and the Farm Innovation Award for Poultry. Meanwhile, agriculture, horticulture, and poultry experts from around the world will share centre-stage at three dedicated industry conferences at AGRA Middle East – the Agribusiness Outlook Forum and the and the inaugural Middle East Horticultural Summit, and the Poultry Outlook Forum. With the value of GCC food imports expected to reach US$53.1 billion by 2020 – more than double the value in 2010 – ensuring food security remains

His Excellency Abdul Rahman Al Owais, the UAE Minister of Health has officially inaugurated AGRA Middle East and VET Middle East in Dubai.

a top priority for regional governments, and is the central theme of the Agribusiness Outlook Forum. Brian Barriskill, Supply Chain Director of Abu Dhabi based Aldahra Agriculture, and one of the speakers at the one-day forum today said that GCC regional co-ordination must improve to advance food security, while increasing local food production using the latest technology such as hydroponics and green waste recycling can also help overcome the challenges the region faces. “GCC governments must have a common policy regarding food security, and they must share resources and projects,” said Barriskill. “With a collaborative approach, food production will reach international standards in terms of yields, and sustainable agriculture of basic products will encourage food production companies to set up plants in the region, which will reduce imported food. “We use the latest technologies at Aldahra that increase local food production such as water preserving on fruit and vegetables, and improving animal breeding programmes to increase herds. Developments such as these will make agriculture a commercial viability and not a subsidy driven business, and there is an opportunity for the region to be a world leader in arid farming techniques.”

New landscape event to drive sustainable growth in Middle East


he estimated US$64.5billion worth of new construction projects across the GCC this year will create monumental demand for landscape products and services, says JoAnn Jain, Director of Expotrade Global, the event organizers. “Municipalities and property developers are now more eager than ever prove their commitment to sustainable urban growth, and there is a lot that the landscape sector can do to encourage this”. Delivered through a combination of presentations, case-studies, panel discussions and roundtables the Summit will look at the upcoming projects by local municipalities, sustainable landscape design and architecture, technologies for irrigation and outdoor lighting, improving soil structure and will discuss ways to build awareness and engage the community. A boutique exhibition lounge will provide the opportunity for manufacturers and suppliers to showcase innovative products and services and


The Middle East Smart Landscape Summit is being launched in Abu Dhabi on 7 & 8 May, 0 3 to provide the platform for municipalities, landscape architects and designers, property developers, environmental specialists and suppliers to discuss the upcoming opportunities, challenges and best practices to drive sustainable growth in the Middle East. the chance to network with key decision-makers. The event, which expects to attract over 200 senior-level landscape professionals, is being held under the patronage of Municipality of Abu Dhabi City (ADM) which has been at the forefront of green space policy as the importance of water and energy conservation is realized in the ambition to create a world-class public-realm.

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While AGRA Middle East will be buzzing with thousands of visitors over the next three days, its colocated event, VET Middle East is also the largest it has ever been, with more than 50 of the world’s leading names from the veterinary and pet supplies industry out in force. Now in its fifth edition, VET Middle East highlights the increasingly dynamic animal healthcare sector, providing a dedicated platform for exhibitors to expand their presence in the region’s growing veterinary industry. Held alongside the three-day show, free-to-attend Veterinary Outlook Forum, presenting the latest technologies, equipment, medicines, and other products and services available in the growing Middle East veterinary market. Speakers include Majid Al Qassimi, Veterinarian for the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi; Stephen Chege, Senior Veterinarian for the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort; and James Messina, Vice President of Messina Wildlife Management. Held under the patronage of His Excellency Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment & Water, AGRA Middle East and VET Middle East are expected to attract upwards of 7,000 agribusiness and veterinary professionals from across the region.

ADM’s Irrigation Specialist Dr. Amar Jarar and Lighting Expert Martin Valentine will be giving presentations relating to projects they are undertaking in Abu Dhabi. Prominent local and international thoughtleaders confirmed in the speaking line-up include Dubai Municipalities Director of Public Parks and Horticulture Ahmed Abdul Karim, Chief Commissioner of Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA) Professor Dr. Kamel Mahadin, and London-based ecologist Gary Grant. Gary Grant is a green roof and living wall expert, and has worked on major international projects including the London 2012 Olympic Park and locally on Education City in Doha and Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Other speakers include Geoff Turnbull of ALDAR Properties, Geoffrey Sanderson of GCLA International, Holley Chant of KEO International Consultants, Steven Velegrinis of Woods Bagot and Alberto Treves of Abu Dhabi Education Council, with many more in the pipeline. More information about the event can be found at

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Shoreline Walk

Beirut, Lebanon

The SHORELINE WALK is a sequence of connected urban spaces, which form an important part of the reconstruction of Beirut city centre. The area suffered extensive physical and emotional damage during the civil war between 1975 and 1991.


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uring the war, a vast rubbish mountain emerged from the daily tipping of waste into the Mediterranean. The city had once prided itself on its beautiful rocky shoreline Corniche, lined with avenues of palms and cafĂŠs with views towards distant horizons. Guided by a new master plan, areas of the city have been preserved, others demolished, whilst the remediated landfill is set to become a

vast new district projecting out into the sea. Rather than leave the old coastline land locked and redundant, it was decided to create a leisurely pedestrian route that straddled the boundary and the differences between the old and new cities. ZEYTOUNEH SQUARE is a key link to the surrounding city. Terraces provide an informal amphitheatre for concerts, festivals and films. The surface of the

square extends across the roads to the surrounding buildings in a unifying gesture. The paving patterns are inspired by the black and white patterning in traditional Lebanese architecture. Bold stripes change like contours with the site’s topography creating a fractal landscape as the contrasting colours interact with the terraces. The square was officially opened to the public in August 2011 by Solidere.

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Shoreline Walk Beirut

Zeytouneh Square Beirut context

The SHORELINE WALK, linking four squares, is placed between the natural topography and rationalised medieval street layout of the old city and the engineered grid of the new landfill. It is located between memories of the past and hopes for the future, between activities that made a connection to an organic coastline, influenced by the rhythms of the natural world, to a new contemporary landscape that alludes to and reveals those past memories and events, whilst helping shape the new character and dynamism of


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a city shared by a people of many faiths and cultural influences. ALL SAINTS SQUARE connects the new Corniche and Marina. Before the war, the church occupied a headland surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, a space with a sense of calm and exposure. The design recreates a sheltered, intimate space enclosed by soft green textured walls and lowered to the original ground level adjacent to the church whilst views are channelled upwards towards the sky.

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The SHORELINE GARDENS is the site of the historic Avenue des Français, Beirut’s first coastal promenade or Corniche. The design is a new interpretation, and inspired by the elegance of the sea wall, will provide a contemporary promenade. A long linear water feature and pergola unite the space creating water movement over an undulating surface and dappled shade to sit and relax. SANTIYEH GARDENS is inspired by the Middle Eastern Paradise Garden and will be a sensual, sensory refuge. The site occupies the position of an ancient cemetery and as a consequence required a calm, quiet, contemplative atmosphere. The theme of ‘Welling Up’ describes a release of emotion that is expressed in the design of the water features and benches.


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SHORELINE WALK Designer: Gustafson Porter Client: Solidere (the Lebanese Company for the Development and Reconstruction of Beirut Central District) Collaborators: Imad Gemayel Architects Nasr & Khalaf Bureau Michel Chacar DG Jones The Fountain Workshop Projects & Supplies Location: Beirut, Lebanon Completion year: TBC

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Nishrin Kothambawala Can you give us a brief about your educational background and your experience in the GCC area? My family has been based in Bahrain for the past four generations. I completed my education as a horticulture graduate and a diploma holder in Landscape Architecture from Pune University, India. I have built my career in the field of Landscaping over the past 15 years by doing challenging work in India, China and now, since the past 8 years, in Bahrain. I started as a team leader at the Bahrain International Golf Course CompanyLandscape department where I was instrumental in setting up the entire department and had a key role in


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designing the Royal Country Club roof top gardens and restaurants. I have also worked as a support designer for Colin Montgomerie. who designed the Royal Golf Course. Three years ago, I decided to set up my own firm - Raj Landscaping. What inspired you to become a landscape architect? I have always been fond of contemplating and visualizing creativity around me since childhood. As Confucius said, “Love your job and you will never have to work a day in your life�. So I decided, what better field, to explore my creativity and exploit my

love for nature than Landscape architecture. This is a highly creative profession and my strong passion for nature, keeps me inspired to raise our living standards. When did RAJ Landscaping first set up the business? Raj Landscaping was first set up in March 2009. How has the business expanded since its inception? We initially started as a Landscape design firm and in no time expanded into installing and maintaining the landscaped areas. Now, we are a creative team of

architects, horticulturists and supervisors along with skilled technicians, masons, gardeners, electricians and irrigation experts. We provide a wide range of services like indoor and outdoor Landscape design, installation and maintenance, terrace gardens, swimming pools and spa’s. We specialize in theme-based gardens, green rooftops and vertical landscaping. Our designs are based on effective water conservation. We realize the value of innovation, so we have set up a research center for developing Green Walls and performing experiments pertaining to the field. We’re also expanding our presence in Middle East with the opening of a branch in Kuwait.

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interview concept considering local climate, site conditions, planting medium and water factors, can lead to its success. A recent challenging project for us has been the installation of green walls. Although, our team is well versed in vertical landscaping, we had a very narrow time frame to complete it. What is your dream project? My dream project would be designing the interior and exterior landscape for a grand palace where there is no limitation on my imagination.

What is your design philosophy? My design philosophy is derived from having a distinctive approach of implementing a landscape that responds to the environment, its history, and the architectural structures it confines while at the same time, meets the needs of its owners. What has been your favorite project and why? I am passionate about every single project that I have been involved with, as I’ve gained knowledge from each. Recently however, I really enjoyed developing and installing vertical live paspalum grass walls at Regency Intercontinental Hotel, Bahrain. Tell us about your most challenging project and why? Vertical landscape is indeed a fresh concept here and recently we have seen a significant rise in its demand. However, only appropriate knowledge about this


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As a women in a male dominated profession, what has been your experience working in this field in the Middle East? Many women prefer not to venture into this field due to its high demand for successfully coordinating with various agencies, being on site at any hour despite harsh climatic conditions and meeting strict time frames. Having said that, I have always received enormous respect as a women working in the Middle East. It’s a wonderful and a welcoming place to work for any aspiring talent. Do you think that the international standards for the landscaping industry are too rigid and unrealistic or can they easily be applied when executing projects? I don’t think international standards for landscaping are too rigid or unrealistic as they are based on all the vital aspects of landscaping and can only benefit our profession. And if followed appropriately, chances of any failures are reduced significantly. The problems arise when people try to cut corners or use inexperienced personnel.

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How do you cope with having so many projects going on at once? Efficient management and a very cooperative and skilled team really aid my job and thereby our clients remain happy and satisfied with our quality of work and time management. Who are your major clients and what major projects have you been involved with on their behalf? Our major clients are number of Hotels & resorts that include Regency Inter Continental & Ritz Carlton, public gardens & schools, private villa owners at Riffa Views, Durrat Al Bahrain & across Bahrain. We have also been involved in government projects. What advise can you give to other women aspiring to become a landscape architect? I personally believe women have great aesthetic and artistic sagacity. They are more successful in adding a softer touch to an element with a high sense of understanding. So I would advice women to come forward and pursue this profession if you have a passion for it. My guidance to all aspiring women Landscape architects is to always believe in yourself. Remain strong and never give up. Keep proceeding with dedication & hard work, and you will certainly overcome all the challenges in your way and achieve much more than you have dreamt of.

pace and has already built a strong reputation in the market. We cater to all three aspects of landscaping- Design, implementation and maintenance. That is our key factor, as it eases our client’s major concerns of involving different companies within a single project. We will be shortly declaring our involvement in some of the very reputable projects in Bahrain and Kuwait.

How do you view RAJ Landscaping positioning in the current market? Raj Landscaping is a firm that is growing at a rapid


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Abu Dhabi Corniche Beach

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he Abu Dhabi Corniche Beach is located on the North West end of Abu Dhabi Island. The project comprises the existing beach and new reclaimed beaches comprising a total of over 4 kilometers length of Promenade, park and sandy beach. The interface with the main Corniche Road, Scenic Boulevard, proposed marine transport nodes, I I April 2013


CORN I CHE Pa r k Corniche Park and the edge of the City were important factors to consider during the Concept Design stage. Working closely with the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Martha Schwartz Partners has been tasked with the restoring the Corniche as the landmark of the city, and as a sustainable model for future generations. Key challenges addressed in the design process included how to organize the beach and promenade so that it provides multiple options for occupation and flexibility for seasonal use and for different times of the day; accommodate the heavily programmed mix including changing rooms, snack bars, restaurants, beach clubs, bike trails, sports areas and children’s play


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areas both for private and public use; maximise the visual connections back into the city and out to the sea, and to mitigate the impact of the busy road using a raised landscape terrain to allow views and provide seclusion for beach users. The Corniche Beach is the major land mark as you arrive by plane and the prominent foreground to the City skyline. The landscape gesture is important to provide a connection

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back to the Corniche Park and to create a unique identity for the City. As the total length of beach is over 4 kilometers in length, the design uses a meandering pattern language weave its way down the stretch of the beach. The ‘Meander’ promenade orchestrates a multiplicity of spaces, rooms and experiences, so that one can claim a space to picnic, sunbath, play and read and still be inside the city and on the beach and takes users on a journey of exploration through a shaded landscape of vantage points to sea and city, leading down to beach-side plazas, sports areas and beaches.

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Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE Client: Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council Architects: Markus Jatsch Partners Engineers: KEO International Status: In Planning

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Sustainable Residential Community with park, Khawr Awqad, Sustainable Lifestyle Destination Oman, Klingmann.

urrounded by residential communities and luscious green agricultural fields to the north and east and the expanse of the Arabian Sea to the south and east, Khawr Awqad is envisioned as a unique destination with a focus on eco-literacy and education, ecotourism, and sustainable green living. Residents, professionals, visitors from the region and tourists alike are offered a truly unique experience where a wealth of eco conscious experiences across residential, hospitality, retail, culture and nature form a model for an integrated sustainable lifestyle. Whether it is for learning, exploring, or simply relaxing, Khawr Awqad ensures there is something for everyone – all within a few short steps.

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Three Zones Three unique zones—an eco resort, a sustainable residential community, and an ecological public park— are generated and connected by a pristine wetland reserve. This immaculate body of water radiates outwards and infiltrates the site with different water features, natural attractions, green parks, educational facilities, seasonal events and festivals. A unique river walk provides a mix

of restaurants and intimate cafes, privately owned specialty boutiques, and a small art gallery that features local art and culture. The seasonal programming includes cultural events and festivals that will expose visitors to different facets of the local culture that make Salalah such a special place—making it unlike any other venue in the city. It will be a serene destination for all to enjoy year round as a holistic, sustainable environment.

Holistic Sustainability As opposed to other destinations that just “talk” sustainability, Khawr Awqad actively builds a holistic sustainable environment by preserving and promoting local flora and fauna, offering educational activities, and by encouraging an active involvement in wildlife preservation and the local culture. The heart and soul of Khawr Awqad is a unique bird sanctuary surrounded by a series of

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boardwalks and winding trails that merges with a public park which encompasses a botanical garden exhibiting local flora, a mangrove nursery and reforestation zone, a center for eco-literacy, and a horticultural exhibit for organic farming along with a bio-treatment plant.

Left: Bird Sanctuary, Eco Park, Khawr Awqad, Sustainable Lifestyle Destination Oman, Klingmann. Above: Master Plan

Brand Vision: Eco Tourism Ecotourism has become one of the fastestgrowing sectors of the tourism industry, growing annually by 10-15%. Khawr Awqad is perfectly suited to capitalize on the growing lifestyle trend of Eco Tourism. Thoughtfully planned and carefully managed, it will allow for the generation of revenue while integrating conservation concerns and cultural heritage. Salalah, known throughout Arabia as ‘The Garden City’ has the feel of a small East African coastal town, relaxed, cool and humid and rife with banana, coconut, sugarcane and papaya plantations.


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River Walk, Khawr Awqad, Sustainable Lifestyle Destination Oman, Klingmann Khawr Awqad is committed to promoting and encouraging sustainability as a lifestyle in the district. In furthering this goal, Khawr Awqad is implementing a detailed design for amenities in the public spaces. Components include an extensive bird sanctuary and wetland connected by foot trails and board walks, a pedestrian-only river walk and waterfront promenade, areas of intimacy with unique gardens and water features, integration with regional centers for wildlife protection, cultural centers, a curated program for eco literacy, a community events calendar, and a permanent maintenance regime for the whole district Enjoyment Khawr Awqad is designed to provide quality spaces for relaxation and enjoyment— encouraging people to develop a sense of community. The destination offers a multitude of quality public spaces, communal amenities, beautifully landscaped courtyards, parks with educational amenities, pedestrian paths, and squares that support neighborliness, civic interaction, and identity. GLOREI Site: Sustainable Mixed-Use Community The residential community is envisioned as a sustainable pedestrian environment with a small retail component that integrates the local heritage and culture while creating a 21st century cosmopolitan feel. Comprised as an iconic gateway, the architecture rises naturally out of the site’s landscape and forms a village-like organization that is reminiscent of a traditional town. Effortlessly combining contemporary design and traditional Dhofari details, the architecture varies and scale and character to give each neighborhood a unique look and


feel that ranges from eclectic Arabic villa-style buildings to more compact units that offer residents a view of the Arabian sea. A network of undulating foot trails guides visitors and residents to lively squares, green parks and peaceful waterscapes that encourage a vibrant community life and provide areas for rest and rejuvenation. The signature attraction of the Khawr Awqad residential community is the River walk, a tree-lined boulevard with a gentle creek that guides residents and visitors alongside small locally-owned shops and cafes from the main entrance of the residential community to the public eco park. Khwar Awqad was originally conceived as a private/public partnership between Global Omani Investment Company (GLOREI) and the Omani Ministry of Tourism. Phase One is in the government approvals process and expected to break ground by the last quarter of 2013 or early 2014.


LOCATION: Salalah, Oman SITE AREA: 323,669 m2 PROJECT SCOPE: Brand Strategy, Master Planning, Architectural Design, Landscape Design PROJECT TYPE: Mixed-Use: Resort/ Residential Community and Educational Eco Park CLIENT: Global Omani Development & Investment Co. (GLOREI) AWARDS: Cityscape 2010: Highly Commended - Islamic Architecture, Leisure, Master Planning, Community, Tourism; Winner - Environmental Award

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Salwator Square This area is located in one of Krakow’s historical districts, though not directly in the city center. This relaxed neighbourhood needed an eye-catching space that would reflect it’s original charm. Salwator district was based on the garden-city concept and is one of the more pleasant places in Kraków. Between old, historic buildings public space was a little bit neglected. The designers organized the space in a simple way, creating a modern square whilst referring to the history of the surroundings.


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hough the design is in a public space, the idea and finances came from a private investor. The neighboring hotel’s owner wanted to sponsor the space beautification project, which, in addition to its aesthetic function, would organize vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and would be the advertisement for the hotel at the same time. The project was also important for local community as a central square, therefore, is not only a foreground for commercial and residential service, but it is also a junction of cycling and hiking routes, lying in the heart of the attractive area of the city. The local government contributed to the project

donating an allowance to the area to be reconstructed. It was not an easy task to design interesting, eye- catching space within just a few hundred square meters. The investor, in addition to resurfacing, wanted to equip the square with urban furniture and greenery. Central to creating this memorable elegant public space is using a variety of natural materials, combining textures and forms to produce the sublime. The team wanted to create a clear concept that would be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. The Square background is the wall, built in the early twentieth century as a part of flood defenses system, covered, in this section, with vine creepers. Under the wall there are parking lots arranged, designated linear boundaries in the surface, distinguishing the different types of stone, which is continuing the composition of the street. This pattern is repeated in a square surface, so as to obtain a composition consistent with the street and pavements

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surface, and to achieve the impression that the space is larger than it actually is. Within this symmetrically compatible space with its surrounding environment, an ‘island’ was created. This focal point featured a wooden elliptical-shaped platform, which was an easy way to blend the traditionally used stone and the overall linear pattern.

In the paving stones a hole was cut with an area of about 40 m2 for a terrace made of corrugated planks- Deck-Dry. On this tiny, wooden oval, they was an enclave created for pedestrians. As well as square benches, litter bins, bollards and bike racks in the Square to compliment the planted greenery. All elements used are minimalist in form,

yet modern, with the only exception being, the wooden benches. These organically designed benches are the strongest design element within the square. A major issue of this space was that it had served as an unofficial parking place. So they placed bars on the edge of the square to effectively prevent parking, which also serve as bicycles racks. Materials used in the project are all natural, so the square color is based on natural colours comprising of natural stones, porphyry predominantly with granite and warm shades of natural porphyries composed with a wooden surface and wooden benches. The other components of design are made of corten steel, which is contrasted with natural, white pebbles, matched with white, smooth trunks of the planted trees. Only two species were used, the easily adaptable birches and extensively growing miscanthus. Decorative grasses compliment the elliptical-shaped eyes in the stone surface. The simple white trunks of these delicate trees are contrasted vividly in the autumn, with the red discoloring leaves of the vine creeper growing on the wall. As the greenery was planted in the city center there was a need to use irrigation and aeration sets for the roots systems, along with the root directors.


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Left: Sales Center. Right and Below: Water Features


ulin Palace is one of the foremost residential complexes within the Zhongbei district in Hangzhou located close to the Grand Canal in Eastern China. The approach was to create a memorable landscape that captures some of the essence of living in this magnificent city – creating an oasis in the midst of the urban context. The memory of a visitor to this area is of lakes, gardens, stone, canals, bridges, silk, tea and many more. Within such a rich context many layers were created and applied at a diversity of scales.

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Tea (leaves) and water generated concepts using a strong design language were elaborated with an artistic layer of objects, textures and features. Specialist manufacturers and artists were engaged to further develop and produce objects both functional and artistic. Resulting features


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such as walls, screens and lighting features can be seen in the images of the constructed work. The success of the outcome was the interpretation and integration of these features in the overall layout and design – subtle yet memorable.


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Tudela-Culip (Club Med)

restoration project in ‘Cap de Creus’ Cape


n 1961, Club Med was constructed on the eastern tip of the Iberian Peninsula in one of the windiest and most northern exposed corners of the nation. It was constructed as a private holiday village with 400 rooms that accommodated around 900 visitors in summer. Life at Club Med was primitive, and meant to foster a relationship with nature. The settlement project is considered to be one of the most notorious examples of modern movement settlement in the Mediterranean coast. With the rise of democracy and ecological conservation, Cap de Creus was declared a Natural Park


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in 1998. The cape, including the Club Med surroundings, was given the highest level of land protection because of its outstanding geological and botanical value. In the summer of 2003 Club Med was permanently closed, and in 2005, the 200 ha of property was acquired by the Spanish Ministry of Environment.

Between 2008-10, Club Med was ‘deconstructed’, its ecological dynamics revived and a network of paths and viewpoints were ‘remade’ for its rediscovery, becoming the Mediterranean coast’s biggest restoration project ever. The work distills and enhances the consubstantial values of the site, the diversity of geological formations, the harshness and nakedness of the rock outcrops, the specialization of native vegetation, the wind and the sea magnificence. Five actions are contemplated in the restoration project: Approach The project is related to an important aspect of what landscape architecture is about, namely identifying, unveiling and eventually transforming a site, to fit with what is already there. Indeed, the project´s goal was not to build or un-build, a landscape but to conceive the conditions for visitors to experience. To do so, the process involved indepth site reconnaissance and precise on-site cartography making. During the 5 years process, including the 14 months of work, the designers walked more than 200km on site, took and studied more than 15,000 images, and received up to 50 specialists in different fields relating

Constructively a minimalist approach was taken, reducing materials to those on site plus corten steel, for its landscape integration and its resistance to sea exposure, and using only few consistent construction details repeated through the site. ‘Robustness’ for a landscape that accepts little domesticities. Action plan vs. masterplan Such an open process approach combined with the will to have an integrative proposal, led to the project being conceived rather like an action plan as opposed to a masterplan. Therefore, the project included

to nature restoration, in search for ways to optimize deconstruction, nature dynamic reclamation, and social valorization. The commission was approximated as an open process, enabling flexibility

5 lines of intervention: 1. The removal of Invasive Exotic Flora (IEF), mostly Carpobrotus edulis and Gazania, and other 16 species on a surface of 90 ha. IEF once planted at the Club for gardening spread, displacing specialized maritime rocky native communities of protected flora. The plants were extracted and

to integrate the discoveries following deconstruction. For instance the solution to enhance a ‘Pegmatite’ outcrop at the entrance was found and negotiated with the builder during work.

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gathered for drying on site, and those near the main pathway were buried in landfills. 2. The selective deconstruction of 430 buildings, equivalent of 1.2 ha of edification and 6ha of urbanization with innovative and respectful deconstructive techniques. A specific ‘Decalogue’ file was prescribed for each of the 25 structures to be removed at Club Med: pavements, buildings, paths, wood structures in various typologies. It followed a demolition test of 5 units to verify the proposed measurements, set standards and budget them. The end of deconstruction was the final removal of all traces of the basement, dust and cement which was done manually with an ‘archeological’ standard using mixed techniques. 3. The management & recycling of 100% of the 45.000 m3 of construction


waste. While the roof and walls were dismantled, crushed and transported outside the Natural Park for recycling as sub base, the basement, built out of local stone, once crushed was used on-site for landfills and as pavement. Glass, metal and prefabricated concrete beams were deposited in authorized dumps.

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4. The ecosystem dynamics revival by remaking the original site’s topography and reestablishing runoffs and sediment exchanges between land and sea. This included massive earth modeling actions to re-construe the original creeks, the demolition of road embankments cutting off the natural run off, the recovery of the beach´s original cross section or the reconstruction of a bridge with a larger span to allow for sediment transport. More than 9.000 m3 of crushed local stone from the building basis were used on site to recreated volumes or the ‘remaking’ of the parking at the entrance following the outcrop landscape of the surroundings. Following the advice of a Botanist, almost no plantings were envisioned for the restoration in order not to pollute the native seeds bank. The stabilization of critical embankments were made with hydro seeding after an on-site seed recollecting campaign. One year after completion the percentage of ground coverage is close to 100%, mostly with native annuals.

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Mediterranean coast 5. And the discovery & social valorization – the viitor’s choreography. Meaningful and innovative public use project. Here the design of the experience is seen as being just as important as the restoration strategy. In that sense, the project’s approach is based on the narratives and interpretations put on the landscape by scientists, artists, fishermen, kids and are reinterpreted in a didactic playful way around 3 main interventions in the way to monumentalize the site: 5.1 A site responsive hierarchical path system reducing and reusing the existing road infrastructure and promoting circular routes. The network is conceived as a journey to explore the site’s layers both natural and humanized. · The main path (1.2 miles) structures the site’s discovery, it reuses the existing main road and reduces its width while homogenizes paving treatment with asphalt. The path reacts to the surroundings it goes across and changes its materiality and cross section to celebrate certain events such as TUDELA-CULIP (CLUB MED) RESTORATION PROJECT IN THE NATURAL PARC ‘CAP DE CREUS’ Location: Cap de Creus cape, Cadaqués, Catalunya, Spain Landscape architects: EMF landscape architects: Martí Franch Architects: J/T ARDÉVOLS S.L. Ton Ardèvol Collaborators EMF: M. Batalla, M. Bianchi, A. Lopez, G. Batllori, L. Majer, C. Gomes M. Solé, L. Ochoa, J.L Campoy Collaborators Ardèvols: Raul Lopez, Cristina Carmona. Commissioned by: Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, Medio Rural y Marino. Generalitat de Catalunya. Gestora de runes de la construcció S.A. Parc Natural del Cap de Creus Construction companies : Tragsa (deconstruction) Control Demeter and Massachs Excavacions S.L.U. (deconstruction, waste management, Restoration and re-urbanization) Jardinería Sant Narcís (invasive exotic flora extraction) Serralleria Ferran Collel (viewpoints, totems, terciary path, animal rock identification) Area: 90 ha Period of design: 2005-2007 Implementation period: 2009-2010 Photographers: Martí Franch, Pau Ardèvol, Esteve Bosch


changes in the rock materiality, the presence of former buildings or advantageous views. At the beach, 250m are completely redone to recover the beach´s full dimension, once quartered by the former road system. Secondary paths, made out of site-specific formulation concrete, lead to the main viewpoints. · The ‘Firmless’ Tertiary paths, made out of

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low disperse railings, lead to the secondary network of viewpoints and sensitive areas. 5.2 A network of viewpoints to unveil the best panoramas with site responsive designs, mostly on partially deconstructed structures. 5.3 The animal-rock identification and the double perception. Traditionally fishermen had identified rock formations with animal names for their orientation, as Dalí did and kids still do. The project, proposing a game of perception, constructs a sort of ‘lecterns’ outlining the ‘animal-rocks’ silhouette. So, like in a road movie, sequence shots and still photographs alternate to unveil views and animal rocks, focus on the folds and forms chiselled by wind erosion, follow the water running off to sea or listen to the rocks breaking the waves.

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Daniel McNamara


Can you give us a brief about your educational background and your experience in the GCC area? After studying engineering I decided to enroll in an extended course in advanced construction skills. This is primarily where I got my grounding and unwavering interest in all things to do with efficiency of movement. I came to the UAE from London where I had managed a landscaping company for many years. I secured a position as senior project manager with Engineers Office (Office of his

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highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum) and worked there for three years until I decided I missed the thrill of working for myself. When did UTI Landscapes first set up business? We are in business approximately one year. However we are fortunate to have the services of several individuals in our team who have in excess of twenty-five years experience in the landscape sector.

How was the business expanded since its inception? At the moment we are focusing on contacting new people and making them aware of our services. The market still seems a little slow but there are definitely signs of improvement. We have negotiations ongoing for several larger projects and we expect these discussions to bear fruit. It is important for us to remember as we expand we must recruit the right individuals for the key positions. When we have the correct management personnel in

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place then these people basically become extensions of one’s self at site. When we take this approach to recruiting it will afford us unlimited potential for growth. How do you cope with having so many projects going on at once? I get a fantastic buzz from creating something beautiful. My absolute passion is landscaping. Therefore it does not seem like work and I enjoy my profession immensely. Another factor in answer to your question is employing, motivating and monitoring the right people. It is important to remember that any company’s number one resource is its employees. A happy and content workforce makes everything easier. What is the most frustrating aspect of your work? And the most rewarding one? The most frustrating thing I have found is too many people do not do as they say. I find it a


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pointless exercise to make comments if one does not intend to carry out or execute the action. The most rewarding thing is when we complete a project walk away, look back and thinking‌.yeah, we did that. In your opinion, what changes need to be adopted in the GCC landscaping industry to become on a par with the rest of the world? Without doubt my biggest gripe is workplace inefficiency in general along with the under utilization of machinery. Accountability for individual performance must be introduced along with assessment of personnel abilities at an early stage following their arrival. If they are not to the standard required they must be trained. This action would ensure improvement in quality and efficiency. Presently there is machinery being used in landscape construction in the GCC, which is totally unsuitable for purpose. However there is machinery available, which would greatly expedite landscape construction. I intend to introduce this machinery.


Do you think that the international standards for the landscaping industry are too rigid and unrealistic or can they easily be applied when executing projects? I believe everyone should aspire to higher standards and be on a constant quest for improvement. I would not go as far as to say international standards can easily be applied due to the available workforce but we must persist. As someone who is well established within the industry, what do you see as the main challenges we face in the next 12 months? From a general point I can only see upside. Many things are beginning to happen and I am very excited about the future. From a personal point of view there is competition in the market from long established companies. This is why I wish to get the message across that we are bringing something completely different to the table. I intend to shake up the industry with my innovative ideas and change the way people think in the sector about landscape construction.

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How will UTI Landscapes shake up the industry? I see UTI’s potential for growth in the future as substantial. As I mentioned earlier my interest is in efficiency of movement, my beliefs on machinery and my intention to deploy my knowledge to our workforce will make the difference between UTI and other companies. What I intend to bring to the market will be a potential game changer. Other companies will have to adapt to compete. We are presently working on many Villa projects, too numerous to mention. The larger projects, which we are now pursuing, are at a delicate stage in negotiations and I am not at liberty to discuss.

Daniel McNamara Head of Landscape Division UTI Landscape Tel. +971 4 4277234 Fax.+971 4 4277243 P.O.Box 212508 Dubai - UAE

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Sowwah Square is a signifi cant urban space located on the Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi and provides a green retreat at the centre of the new commercial hub.


he inspiration for the square was derived from the nature and culture inherent to the Arabian Peninsula: dunes, traditional irrigation systems (Falaj), oasis, Bedouin textiles and the popular use of formal clipped hedges in United Arab Emirates, drawing connections with the French baroque ch창teau gardens. This merging of ideas is represented in a contemporary responsive design created a sustainable, cool and protected micro climate for users and a dynamic kaleidoscope of planting and patterned paving on the ground and viewed from the surrounding towers. The structure of the square uses large constructed vegetated mounds that orchestrate outdoor rooms to shelter pedestrians from the Shamal, a strong north-westerly wind blowing over Persian Gulf and to provide intimate spaces amongst the towering buildings. Linking the mounds together, the decorative pattern like that of a traditional rug, weaves through the square. To soothe people from the heat, water features are incorporated into long stone benches that wrap the mounds, providing playful and

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Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE Client: Mubadala Development Company Architect: Goettsch Partners and Gensler Size: 26,000 sm Status: Completed 2012 Environmental Rating: LEED Gold CS

Martha Schwartz Partners 65-69 East Road, London N1 6AH United Kingdom T +44 (0)20 7549 7497 F +44 (0)20 7250 0988 tactile experience. The surface texture is finished with ornate grooves creating a dynamic rippling effect. In order to maximise this limited resource, and reduce evaporation, the water is contained in narrow Falaj like channels as used in ancient irrigation system found throughout the Middle East. At night, the benches come to life with integrated lighting at the base that silhouettes the mounds and highlights the polished surfaces. Innovative sustainable design has been instrumental in the project which has been awarded a LEED Gold certifi cation. The steep angulated mounds contribute 1.45 times more green space than level planters and water consumption is reduced due to the vertical planting maximizing 100% irrigation moisture.


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Landscape for seouL Broadcasting system THIs pRoJECT Is foR THE nEW HEADqUARTERs of sEoUL BRoADCAsTInG sysTEM (sBs), LoCATED In THE ‘sAnGAHM DIGITAL MEDIA CITy’ DIsTRICT, In THE noRTHWEsTERn pART of sEoUL.

The scope of work covers the landscape of ground level and the atrium on the 10th floor.


10th floor interior forest


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he design concept of landscape of the ground level is ‘Second Lobby’. As the space is a linear and narrow strip surrounding the building, the possibilities for the space itself to be used independently were fairly limited. So in order to maximize utilization of the subordinate space, the strip was defined as a ‘Podium’: a deck made with aluminum I-profiles and twelve ‘Shrub Bouquets’ located in those cutout spaces. The Bouquets are laid out as if they are flowing through the in-between space, and providing venues for relaxation, as well as a pedestrian pat. The Red Oak trees planted at the

Left: Podium view from east to west. Above: Green media wall

fringe of the Podium not only give the structure for the whole space but also creates an atmosphere for the Main Lobby. Seen from within the 1st floor lobby, the magnificent trees stand as a backdrop of a stage most fit for various events hosted by SBS such as award ceremonies and parties, or filming locations for SBS production dramas. The three Bouquets, which give an optical illusion of penetrating the glass curtain wall, are planted with evergreens and help visually broaden the lobby. Nine out of twelve bouquets were planted with six Korean native species that in effect brings the change of seasons within the building by its ever-changing

flowers and blossoming fruits. Another critical issue in designing the ground level landscape was flood-resistance. Recently the city of Seoul have witnessed increasing damages in the buildings in the city due to localized downpour during summer, so new buildings have been set on a higher finished floor level to avoid flooding in buildings. Here, in order to keep the Podium and the interior lobby flushed, we designed a ‘Stream’ alongside the aluminum deck to function as a drainage and detention reservoir when raining, while keeping the FFL same. Aluminum was especially chosen as the material of the deck because it gives an illuminating effect to the

northern face of the building and provides sleek and simple spatiality. We brought in Korea’s world-class shipbuilding technology to fabricate the aluminum deck. Those aluminum I-profiles were originally used to build decks of ships, and here we adjusted the interval between the I-profiles and size and color of structural beams for a better walking experience and aesthetic quality. Along with the Podium, the Green Media Wall is installed at the secondary entrance. To maintain its beauty during winter when all the foliage has been gone, super mirrors were attached to the aluminum planters with seven different angles. Although there are several diverse

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Green media wall, side view

the Podium with an aluminum deck, Green Media Wall with tilted super mirrors, this innovative pavement is part of a metal landscape that gives a sparkle in everyday life.

spatial elements in this narrow space on ground level, we tried to make them come together into one landscape by considering the harmony between the materials. In the atrium on the 10th floor, there is only a limited amount of sunshine, no natural rain or wind, and not enough soil depth for planting. Notwithstanding these conditions, we designed an ‘ interior forest’ to provide the workers and visitors a space which is both accessible and relaxing. First, we designed a mounding with slopes on four sides in order to secure soil depth from 200 to 1000mm while making it look like the slopes are naturally connected in a flow into the lounge beyond the glass curtain walls. Artificial air supply (one rotation per hour) and sophisticated drainage were designed for a sound growing condition. The leftover space after planting was paved for circulation and relaxation. The paths were intended to be as sinuous as possible so that people have more options of walking and resting. In terms of plant species, tropical plants were

Location: SangAhm Digital Media City’ district, Seoul Korea Area: 4,558m2 Construction budget: 2.5 million USD


547-6 3F Banpo Seocho Seoul, Korea Tel No. +82 2 537 3731 Fax No. +82 2 537 3732 E-mail: Website: excluded from the beginning so that the groves would look like a Korean wild forest. We selected Nandina domestica, especially those that were grown in pots from seedlings so that they can survive the shallow soil depth here. For the floor, we wanted materials with a shiny and glittering surface since the space is quite dark, yet still comfortable for walking and easy for maintenance. Stainless pipes cut into 10cm length were laid out first on the mounding and soil mixture of clay, cement and black pigment were poured. After the mixture was dried, the surface was grinded and became a ‘steel clay mountain’. Along with

Factory view of aluminum deck making

Aluminum deck detail flood resistance plus sunshining.


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