It's an ironic cliche to use in this arid region. But, we are going to anyway. It never rains but it pours! In a good way. Verdaus have just been awarded a new project on a 1.5 ha site in the prestigious beachfront precinct of Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE. This is our second new project in as many weeks. We are delighted to be winning still more work with long term clients. Enough of the trumpet blowing already? Perhaps, well - yes actually. With construction on site well underway, there is work to be done! We can't release any project specific information just yet. But as as soon as we can, we will.
Verdaus are delighted to be appointed to design the public realm for a mixed use development on a 2.5 hectare site in Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE. Jumeirah is an established beach-side precinct of Dubai. The site is close to popular beaches and recreational and entertainment venues. We have worked with the client on multiple projects over the past five years. We are now working to create another successful project with a repeat client and great team.
Structural soil is a construction technology developed by landscape architects. The system is designed to improve conditions for urban tree planting. It is a fairly simple method using a specially designed mix of aggregate and planting medium. The aggregates form a structural matrix to support the pavement around trees, and the planting medium provides space and nutrients to the tree roots. Verdaus first used this technology on the Majlis Oman project. The follow photo gallery shows the sequence of construction.
Verdaus just received our certificate of support from Trees for the Future. They on a simple and great mission:
"Trees for the Future is dedicated to planting trees with rural communities in the developing world, enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food, and build a sustainable future."Verdaus wish TFF ongoing and increasing success in their mission of improving lives through planting trees. Here is a link to TFF's financial data. Here is a link to make a donation to support TFF's good work.
Construction on the Lailak Street Park is progressing well. Paving is currently being installed and it is exciting to see the patterns coming to life. This is the first project we designed a bespoke paving pattern for 100% of the project site. The intent is to stimulate delight, interest, and imagination. Each area is designed with a specific pattern. In some areas the pattern is intentionally random and complex. Other areas reveal recognisable shapes, intended to stimulate spontaneous invention of new games. In these cases, the regular patterns and shapes could be used to measure distance or boundaries. Other examples are areas of purely dark or light paving that could be drawn on by the kids. While it is exciting to watch the park coming to life, we can't wait for the day the kids will arrive!
We are delighted that the Lailak Street Park in Emirates Hills is now under construction. EMAAR Community Management appointed Verdaus to design the park in 2013. The design process involved extensive consultation with board members of the residents association. We enjoyed the engagement with direct stakeholders who actively influenced the final design. No doubt the residents are excited to see the existing site being transformed into a new recreational facility for the community. here.
Laith Wark from Verdaus recently visited the 911 Memorial Site in New York, designed by Peter Walker. The site, "Ground Zero", was redeveloped as a memorial in honor of the innocent people who died during the tragic events that occurred on September 11. I guess everyone will interpret the design of this place in their own way. I left the site with a deep sense of empathy for the people who suffered the loss of loved ones. The design concept powerfully emphasized the concept of loss in the way the tower footprints were expressed as deep excavations. The fact of what had happened, and the sense of what had been destroyed were laid bare. This was a brave design move. I imagine the urge to "cover and forget" would have been a "safer" proposal, less controversial. The experience of visiting this site is something that will be difficult to forget.
Last month Laith Wark from Verdaus visited the Highline (designed by James Corner Field Operations and others) on a side trip during a business visit to the USA. It was early summer and the weather was amazing. The Highline was bursting with fresh green growth and thousands of people out to enjoy a day in the park. The Highline story begins with an industrial period elevated railway line in New York City. In the early 2000's the aging infrastructure was destined to be demolished, until a successful community campaign won the right to convert the railway into a park. Today the Highline attracts millions of people per year, and offers opportunities for cultural events, social service, and respite from the streets of New York City. Development projects have since sprung up along the route of the new park, demonstrating how recreational open space can generate investment in real estate and stimulate an economy. The following photographs were made by Laith Wark during his recent visit.
Verdaus provided landscape design services for the Change Initiative Store in Dubai. The store aims to bring to Dubai a ‘one-stop’ marketplace for sustainable products and services such as advice on how to make the home and workplace more sustainable.This project offered the opportunity to develop a planting scheme using plant species that were either native to the local area or required less water - in keeping with the sustainable mission of the Change Initiative. Verdaus also offered advice on how to achieve the LEED rating in a cost effective way, reducing the landscape budget by over 100%. The project is in Barsha and is visible from Sheikh Zayed road. Keep a lookout for the splash of green!
Landscape Middle East Magazine recently covered a Verdaus project with a focus on integrated water resource management. The article, "SoharUniversity– Landscape Irrigation and Waste Water Treatment" is an interesting cover of how foresight, collaboration and innovation can offer environmental benefits and cost savings.