How would you design a city from scratch?
Envisioning a coastal sustainable city in Saudi Arabia would need to set the objectives and the key issues.
It takes a master plan development by always considering local climate, culture, beliefs and sustainability options.
Whilst developing this plan, such can fail, or parts will need to be redesigned. I am not an expert to bring up a subject of the objectives or the stages with procedures, neither is our business to discuss.
Let’s think of some elements which define the kind of city we’d like to see people living in
We can think first about what could be displeasing at the existing cities of the Kingdom and why we’d like the new city different. We don’t dream of a vertical and futuristic city, but of a more primitive one, to remind of Mediterranean fishing villages.
From a million things and various principles, let’s stick only to the basics and cheerful ones – it’s lazy midday having my decaf coffee in bed, as my foot still in plaster, grateful for a great lesson God gave me. So pardon me for not taking the subject deep enough to open discussions for a reconstructed ethnicity, as this would not be my goal.
We would like people happy. Equal. Creative. Smelling the sense of freedom by doing crazy things without disturbing the community of course. How would people be happy? If there is no unemployment, if there is equal education, innovative education, art expression, small units craftsmanship to sustain tradition or give birth to a new ‘tradition’, advanced health sector units, convenient transportation, I guess they make a good start.
I despise attempts to alienate tradition, customs and beliefs of a nation, so hopefully, highlights of this plan would sound a bit revolutionary. After all, coastal living is all about a sustainable tourism environment and a complex of amenities and laws to serve habitats and tourists.
Let’s make a city by the coastal zone next to dessert and mountains. We will need to succeed:
An innovative desalination system.
Waste Management for a clean environment.
Windrow Compost Farms to prepare agricultural sustainable farms.
Home and Garden with fresh soil Compost system.
Solar Energy for the city and Houses.
Marinas & Waterfront Infrastructures and floating pontoons.
Green infrastructure with local plants to shelter the city from the excessive heat.
Plantations like Cactus species to be processed by small factories to produce the first raw for fabrics.
Trade start-up incorporating local farms and craftsmanship.
Local commerce with online trade. Why do all countries sell through internet handmade things? People have to start working in new sectors not only to gain living but to contribute to the tradition of the Kingdom.
E-bikes patented with solar energy as well.
Citizenship euphoria (I can tell you so many things starting from artificial butterfly gardens in huge domes, underwater parks and so many…)
Local supply efficiency goal against importation from goods.
Evaluating Office for Unemployed people and classification in priorities (families etc) for the new residency.
Pnyx creation, as we called the ancient hills in Acropolis, where Athenians talked.
Likewise here people would gather and discuss. If someone had an idea could talk loud.
Elderly Building for older people to gather, have their coffee and tea and talk.
New Tradition, and new clothes design to allow movements to women. Ethical and non-provocative but colorful to utilize the bike and enjoy movements.
New ‘traditional’ patterns. All nations trade their national patterns. What does Saudi Arabia trade in craftsmanship with a national pattern on? We need to make one. Not heavily colored to remind of Morocco or Iran, but a pure blend of antiquity to remain in eternity.
Evening athletics places when the temperature is not high.
Events organization and Festivals including fishing regattas and music festivals, bazaars with handcrafted products.
Two sports centers for male and female.
Gold colored statues everywhere with forms of antiquity or modern art.
Coastal design for the exterior of the house for a coastal city. I would love pure white and light mint color and gold ornaments. Mint on white is my fascination. Striped patterns and geometrical shapes. Stripes are an all-time classic.
Pink color for shops to exciting ladies shopping.
Craftsmanship sponsored to give occupation to families. Why not offering home to the overlooked craftsmans and gifted individuals from the displaced people in need?
Marine Clay Innovative creations for local souvenirs and exportation – trade online available (although sand shortage is a huge issue to blog it)
Graffiti Buildings for the youth to express artistic occupation.
Ornaments trademark for the new city.
Fuchsia details on white to bring a smile to faces.
Architecture, a blend of Islamic with Roman Greek rhythm, and elements.
Terracotta buildings in similar patterns.
Marine Academy for education in marine professions school of Engineering in Pipe Construction Institution. The future.
Looms for women to do craftsmanship and traditional art. Giving a new perspective to women instead of fashion and beauty care. It is time they can do better for the Kingdom and get an identity through their art and craftsmanship.
Artificial pebbled beach with colorful pebbles.
Music places with all sounds from the world. Tea time!
Barber Shops of all styles, some thematic in chess squared floors and classic furniture. Maybe a Cigar room aside.
I would test public opinion through gallops to entitle them in a campaign ‘People’s voice our Commitment’. Sh.. this sounds completely American.
Private Police and laws to protect the environment and lifestyle of the coastal city.
Shall I continue darlings?
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