‘Urban tissue’ in Dubai is next focus point for urban design

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During the Design Road workshops in Dubai, Christoph Leuder commented on the dynamics of the urban tissue of Dubai, saying the next stage of development needed to focus on this.

According to a definition given by Dr Stephen Kendall, Building Futures Institute, Ball State University, USA, “urban tissue refers to the environmental level normally associated with urban design.” It combines open spaces and buildings with human activity.

Christoph Lueder, principal lecturer in Architecture & Urban Design – School of Architecture & Landscape, Kingston University London, said he was excited to participate in a three-way collaboration with Barcelona, London and Dubai.


The workshop Leuder ran focused on the tradition of the urban tissue that connects the landmarks characteristic of Dubai. Selecting an area around Baniyas Square, the participants observed the area during different times of the day.

“We looked at it through two different pairs of lenses – one is looking at the dimensions and proportions of the space/enclosure. We also used a second set of parameters which would be termed ‘intensive’; these are qualities that could be temperature, light, frequency of traffic and more,” said Lueder.

“From studying these activities, a quality of urban space could be derived and we could come up with some strategies which might help strengthen the connecting tissue. I think the landmarks are doing very well, but it’s the connecting area between the landmarks that need to be studied.

“The next stage of development might need to refocus the attention to those spaces in a way where they can be much more connective and friendly to the pedestrian, be more aware of the parameters which we call intensive and is also connected to the ecological performance,” he said.

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