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Food City
Our concept was driven by the following ideas:

‘Inverted landscapes’ where the roof of the entire development was created as an artificial landscape formation of sweeping topography that becomes a continuous agricultural mat for the planting of traditional multiculture oasis plants, public park as well as the grazing of livestock

‘Layered Landscapes’
where the landscape is multiplied many times through the creation of vertically stacked landscape surfaces resulting in an overall green area exceeding that of an undeveloped site

‘Carbon Surplus’ off the grid design where all systems relating to water, energy and matter are dealt with on-site through renewable means and realise surpluses to export from the site. This includes solar, wind, biofuel, methane and kinetic energy.

‘Iconic Vertical Farm’ creation of a 30 storey vertical farm capable of producing enough organic food for a population of 50,000 inhabitants within the development boundaries and including a beam-down concentrated solar array for energy generation and desalination

Aquatic Farms’ for cultivating, harvesting and research into fish and pearl oyster species of the Arabian Gulf created in the seafront and accessible from the public beaches

Thermal Conditioning’
using shade, water, wind corridors and natural phenomena like ground-source cooling to create comfortable exterior environments at all times of the year

Zero-Waste City’ where the key systems cycles governing sustainability (Energy, Water and Matter) were designed as fully circular systems ensuring no imports (or exports of waste)