Woods Bagot has revealed details of the parametric tools that it employed to design Sharjah’s 22 hectare (2.2km2) Aljada development, the largest development of its kind in the emirate.
Despite the magnitude of the development, parametric design tools allowed Woods Bagot to account for factors including environmental conditions, height restrictions, parcel sizes, and maximum development yields.
Woods Bagot’s parametric design tools enabled pedestrian connectivity to be promoted through the use of maximum shading, wind channelling, and appropriate plot guidelines to increase outdoor thermal comfort. Read more about the design of the development which is inspired by Sharjah’s old neighbourhoods on designMENA.
This strategy will result in a healthy and appealing urban environment that boasts green open spaces, contemporary architecture, safe pedestrian networks, and an efficient vehicular network, according to the design firm.
Aljada’s master-planned districts range from mid-density residential communities to neighbourhoods with high-end cultural and retail facilities. The districts are linked by a green landscape loop, which converges at the centre of the megaproject.
With construction activities scheduled to commence in Q1 2018, Aljada will be delivered in 10 phases starting in 2019, with the entire project planned for completion by 2025.
Woods Bagot was commisioned by UAE-headquartered real estate developer, Arada, to design the master plan for the $6.5bn (AED24bn) community.
The Aljada development is also designed to promote active living, with an aim to target extreme spot enthusiasts.