AUS student wins Urban Commissions prize for biking pavilion in Dubai


American University of Sharjah (AUS) student, Hinjal Kumar, has won the 2016 Urban Commissions prize with her ‘Bike d3′ proposal, a design that aims to promote lifestyle improvement.

Urban Commissions, which was launched in 2014, is an annual design competition set up by Design Culture & Arts Authority and is open to all creatives in the UAE, both students and professionals.

This year’s edition asked participants to design a public shelter that will become a meeting point at d3, Dubai’s newly built design district, within the budget of AED500,000 ($182,000).


Hinjal Kumar, a final year architecture student at AUS, was the only student participant out of the top 10 finalists.


Hinjal Kumar, winner of Urban Commissions 2016

Her project functions as a shaded nook while providing cyclists a parking station. The shelter’s structure features a spiraling shape that makes up the slatted storage system. It is also designed to provide shade and an intimate space, while offering an alternative mode of moving around the development.

“The shelter, Bike d3 was designed to initiate a change of lifestyle that caters to the creative growth of the city by providing mobility and enhancing networking within the urban fabric,” said Hinjal.

“The concept evolved as a result of mapping and indexing public life in Dubai and doing a cross-comparison with urban cities like Paris, New York, Chicago and Copenhagen and associating the usage of bicycles across these cities.”

Hinjal’s winning design will be fabricated in Dubai by Amzan Neon and unveiled at Design Days Dubai on 14-March before moving to its permanent home in the urban landscape of d3.

designMENA has recently visited a number of firms that have opened up in the phase 1 area of Dubai Design District to discuss their expectations of the development.

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