July 17th, 2019: Canadian University Dubai architecture students, Basil Ahmed and Khateeja Banu, have been awarded an honorary mention at the P&T Architectural Design Competition titled “Giving Back To The Community”, organized by the globally recognized architectural design firm, P&T Group.
The challenge was staged to commemorate the firm’s 150th anniversary, and its 15th year in the UAE, with the goal to promote “connectivity along streets of high rise and youth apartments”. With the aim of encouraging ease of connectivity through public transport and pedestrian walkways, the sustainable and innovative solutions arising from this competition are set not only to benefit Dubai, but also the wider UAE.
The competition saw 44 design submissions, which were judged by a jury of professionals in the architecture field, including HE Shaikha Nahla AlQassimi, Board Member of the Society of Engineers; DAFZA Senior Manager, Ahmed Ali Al Mahmoud; RIBA Gulf Chair, Sumaya Dabbagh; and four P&T Group members. The criteria by which the entries were evaluated considered the elements of form, function, innovation, environmental and sustainable solutions, and presentation.
Basil and Khateeja’s project, titled “04 Tower”, aimed to “accommodate user needs and minimize the vehicular usage, to create a community within the residents of the tower, and to provide a unique living experience.”
Some of the innovative design solutions that they incorporated include the use of mini-farms, where each balcony has space to grow fruits and vegetables. The design also features a space-saving alternative developed using A.I., and modular units installed in the ceiling of the flats, creating a multipurpose space to accommodate smaller flats. The urban space is lined with greenery, seating areas, and retail stores, to address the everyday needs of the residents.