CUD Students win top-three spot in Milan Urban Design Contest

June 11th, 2019: Fourth year architecture students, Isra Elagib and Muath Al-Marri, have been recognized among a field of top young designers when they represented Canadian University Dubai in the Saint Gobain’s Multi Comfort Housing Competition 2019. The students’ hard work and determination led them to achieve 3rd place overall at the national level competition, hosted at Dubai Chamber of Commerce last month.

Saint-Gobain’s Multi Comfort Housing Competition is a project that aims to ‘create a future vision and sustainable development’ in a specially selected location, which this year was Milan’s Crescenzago metro station. In line with the #Milano2030 Vision, and based on close collaboration with the Milan Municipality, the task was to rejuvenate the area and instill a tangible urban connection with the metro station.

Competing in groups of two or three, each team was required to present a six-minute presentation, allowing them to showcase the unique design aspects of their project in front of a world-class jury, which comprised of talented architects from across the globe. Isra and Muath, who had developed their design through the ARCH-440 Housing studio course, impressed the panel with their project entitled ‘Scambiare’, meaning ‘to exchange’.

Isra and Muath explained, “Our idea was to ‘exchange’ pedestrians throughout all three plots using the site’s parameters as an inspiration. The nearby metro led us to create a human ‘metro’ within our design, directing pedestrians from one site to the other, through focal points and guided pathways.

“In line with Milan’s 2030 vision to re-green the city using architecture, our design reduces the carbon footprint, provides a buffer to cut noise pollution, and promotes sustainability through natural lighting, insulation and water usage.”

Speaking about the opportunity to work on a real-world design project, the pair added, “This has definitely been a great experience and we are very honored and appreciative to be recognized and to achieve third place.

“We must also express our sincere gratitude for being given the opportunity to participate, with special thanks to Dr. Eyyad Al-Khalaileh, who not only mentored and guided us throughout the whole process, but also pushed us and inspired us to deliver our best.”