Going green

Dubai Municipality's recent announcement that no fewer than 30 parks are under construction, design or study in the emirate marks a monumental moment in Dubai's transformation as far as outdoor design is concerned.

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Dubai Municipality's recent announcement that no fewer than 30 parks are under construction, design or study in the emirate marks a monumental moment in Dubai's transformation as far as outdoor design is concerned.

As we pick our way through the rubble and chaos of modern-day Dubai, it is hard to imagine a Dubai that is not only finished but also visibly even more green.

The importance of greenery to a city is well documented: not only does it add colour, but also brings peace and tranquillity, and an important balance to the frustrations of city life.

The creation of the parks will of course put additional pressure on the already over-stretched plant supplies in the region and require an immeasurable amount of water, but this is a small price to pay for a greener Dubai in the long-term.

As Burt Hill's principal and board of directors Sara Moore says in this month's interview, outdoor design is moving forward to take a pivotal role in helping Dubai transform itself into a world-class city.

"I think it [outdoor design] is probably the number one agent right now to do it. It's our time to stand up to the place and help those that develop Dubai understand that it's important," she says.

I couldn't agree more. The design of the outdoor space, just as much as if not more so than that the design of the indoor space, is what impacts how we feel about ourselves, and how we behave. The design of the outdoor space is fundamental to an individual's wellbeing, and as a direct consequence of this, to the prosperity of a city.

Looking into the future is very much a theme of this month's issue of Commercial Outdoor Design, our first issue of 2008. In addition to our news analysis on Dubai Municipality's announcement, we also take a look at the challenges in urban planning as Dubai accelerates its path towards becoming greater Dubai.

Our panel of experts, meanwhile, give their views on what future trends in outdoor design we can expect to see in the region. If your thoughts differ, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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