What Does it Take to Build a 'Liveable' City?

July 02, 2017

undefinedA ‘Liveable’ City

A ‘liveable’ city is one that is totally modeled around the needs of the people that inhabit it. This is done through intelligent urban mapping and efficient design. For example, a population rise in the run up to Dubai Expo 2020 is expected to create at least 270,000 jobs in Dubai, and this would lead to a need for smarter housing and spaces for commercial needs.

Smarter Housing and Spaces for Commercial Needs

Workplace and home must be in close proximity to each other as travelling longer distances results in greater carbon emissions. Public transportation should be easily accessible - using self-driving cars, the metro, and autonomous flying drone taxis if you commute to work every day.


Intelligent Urban Mapping and Efficient Design

To achieve the ‘Smart Dubai’ goals, city planners must aim at building well-planned neighbourhoods. They have to be cozy, accessible and safe. Architects and urban planners need to change their approach to design and it has to solely focus on the human scale. Building materials must be sourced locally as it encourages local talent and boosts the local economy as well.



Dubai is a very modern city, and current modern cities are rigid in structure, with busy roads and there is less room for creativity. Also, Dubai is still a fairly ‘new’ city in the large scale, and adopting designs like these take time to perfect. Building materials must be sourced locally as it reduces the carbon footprint, but this is not always easy and many factors play a part (e.g. climate).


Urban Planning in the GCC

The future for urban planning in the UAE is exciting. Builders are starting to move forward in the right trajectory. As the country develops and continues to grow, people will have easier access to basic amenities such as schools, hospitals, shopping centres and their work places. These measures will result in the reduced use of cars, indirectly resulting in a cleaner environment.


Driving Factors of Urban Planning

The strategic pillars that drive the Smart Dubai initiative are efficient, seamless, safe and impactful. UAE leaders envision a city where all its resources are optimised for maximum efficiency and services are integrated seamlessly into daily life.


Immersive Technology for a Sustainable Infrastructure

Technology provides transparency; customers can now access info about what they are buying from developers. It also allows you to reach the end product much quicker:  For example, you don’t need to wait for a tree to grow – you can create a micro climate.


‘Creativity’ in Sustainable Urban Living

If people are happy where they live, they get inspired. Well-planned neighbourhoods help people engage in their passions and interests as well. For example, great authors and writers come from places that inspire them. With designers embracing an increasingly refined taste for minimalism, the visual future of architecture in 2017 will continue to be modern in style, but sustainability continues to be the vanguard of all building endeavours. 


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