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  1. 1. Rafik Ibrahim PortfolioMaking a profound difference
  2. 2. "We are searching for some kind ofharmony between two intangibles: aform which we have not yet designedand a context which we cannot properlydescribe."Christopher Alexander I am a chartered town planner and urban designer with 15 years of experience in master planning and urban design gathered working on projects around the world – from the urban regeneration of town centre in Swansea to the development of a master plan for an expansion to Chelyabinsk, Russia, to house 200,000 people. My passion is integrating the usually discrete stages of project development from inception through to delivery - ensuring that from the outset the aim & goals of the project are clear, it is thoughtfully conceived, and elegantly realized. Currently I am pursuing exploratory concept of evolutionary development framework toward sustainable communities which challenge the notion of design as a progressive expression of schematic intentions and argue for a conception of design as a stepwise, non-linear evolution in response to a series of contextual urban factors.
  3. 3. Thames GatewaySub Regional Spatial StrategyLondon, UKThe London Thames Gateway provides a uniqueopportunity to create an autonomous new developmentbased on prioritising social and environmental assetswithin the region. Economic growth will utilise its locationand access to worldwide communication networks and bebased on developing sustainable technologies. This willbe achieved by promoting entrepreneurial opportunitiesand enhanced levels of education and awareness in this Polycentric urban form Linear developmentsector. Urban development of the area will reflect thiseconomy, creating a distinctive urban character derivedfrom sustainable patterns of growth, with the capability of Polycentric Development provides an integrated approach foraccommodating equitable regional growth until 2020. improved transport links and equal access to infrastracture and knowledge. More effecient use of existing infrastructure can be achieved by strengthening environmentally freindly transportKey Planning Objectives: systems and promoting intermodal transport chains• Develop balanced and polycentric urban system throughIntensifying and activate compact nodes to encourage andsustain activity and growth. Spatial strategy• Strengthen flexibility, accessibility, growth and changethrough encouraging networking and cooperation at thelocal and regional scale,• Provide Equal access to infrastructure and knowledge.• Management of natural resources and cultural heritage• Harmoniously integrate the natural ecology with parklands,local and neighbourhood green spaces to encourage thesafeguarding of and by the communities natural assets into Developing ecologicalthe future. corridors• Craft comfortably scaled, attractive and sustainablecommunities that are responsive to the context. Transport improvements across the Thames Gateway Building on the existing assets R Ibrahim 01
  4. 4. Southern Lower Lea ValleyLocal Develpment Framework (LDF)London, UKProject size: 760 HaThe Southern Lower Lea Valley acts as one of thestrategic centres within the London Thames Gatewayproviding a live and work environment that contributesto an overall autonomous region. It will capitalise uponits proximity to central London, drawing on the locationappeal to professionals who can take on managerialfunctions of the eco technology business network.The local connections will also allow it to serve the citybusiness and international market.The Southern Lower Lea Valley will be a focus for morecomplex eco-technologies that require less manufacturingspace. The local population will be educated andemployed in the production of these goods such asbiomass boilers, at the Green Quarter. The site will belocated next to the larger area of greenway which providesboth a visual and aural buffer and connects educationand employment to the existing and proposed residentialsites. The greenway will reduce the priority on the car Development Frameworkand increasing connectivity and access across the mainroutes, promoting sustainable and healthy modes of travel;such as walking and cycling. The greenway will alsoprovide a pleasant nearby recreation area, encouragingemployees to remain living in the area.Connections within the site will be based on a strategyof bringing transport connections down to a human level.This strategy will be reflected in the reconfiguration ofCanning Town. Key Interventions Hierarchy of urban nodes Conceptual Master plan R Ibrahim 02
  5. 5. Isle of DogsDesign CharterLondon, UKProject Aims:• To develop a detailed understanding of the dynamics ofthe Isle of Dogs and its wider context.• To consider the different aspirations and objectives of thedifferent Island communities.• To establish a clear vision for the Island looking forwardto 2040 and beyond. Accessibility• To articulate the vision through a physical anddevelopment framework for the study area in the form of aCharter for the Isle of Dogs.Key Principles: Spatial approach ParkwayINTEGRATED: By conceptualizing the island asintegrated, we will overcome the divisions caused by theinternal waterways and physical barriers, encouragingmovement between currently dislocated areas.GREEN:Central to our vision is the ‘green’ potentialof the Isle of Dogs. There exists a vital opportunity toencourage the development of renewable energies andgreen industries – that are regarded as a future driver ofeconomic growth – on the doorstep of one of the world’sleading financial districts.ISLAND: Encapsulating the region as an island allowsus to pursue other principles important to the holisticimprovement of urban design in the Isle of Dogs, firmlylinking existing and new communities to initiatives in order Section at the riverfront promenade Conceptual Master planto fundamentally reshape the physical environment. R Ibrahim 03
  6. 6. Chelyabinsk Master PlanEco TownChelyabinsk, Russia‘Sunny Valley’ Eco-city a sustainability extension forChelyabinsk.The master plan aims to create a model new communitydevelopment based on prioritising social, economic,geographic, ecological and environmental values. Itwill offer the residents of Chelyabinsk a choice of a newlifestyle – one that combines the amenities of urbanenvironments with benefits of country living - to improvethe living, working and playing conditions of the citizens ofChelyabinsk, raising standards and expectations.Sunny Valley will:• harmoniously integrate the natural ecology with parklands, Spatial strategy Area Planninglocal and neighbourhood green spaces to encourage thesafeguarding of and by the communities natural assets intothe future.• create a new urban centre typology as an exampleof globally conscious and ecologically conscientiouscommunity development• Deliver an ‘edge city’ creating opportunities for Chelyabinskto grow and incorporate new opportunities and possibilities. Central Area District Plan Conceptual Master plan R Ibrahim 04
  7. 7. Al Zora Master planMixed use waterfrontAjman, UAEThe concept plan for this 1150 hectare site located atthe heart of (Ajman, UAE) introduces many differenttypes of uses including Residential, Educational, Mediaand Technology, Cultural, Recreational and hotels in anattractive water front setting.A major feature of the development will be creation of alagoon with connections to the gulf. The lagoon will occupy12% of the total site area and will be excavated to createsignificantly more water front for the development and forthe recreational amenities. The lagoon itself will become amajor recreational feature in the overall development.The master plan evaluated the existing context and physicalenvironment, determined the land use program and spacerequirements, and recommended a logical growth Development conceptsMy Responsibilities includedLeading a multidisciplinary team and coordinating thetechnical inputs of Architects, urban planners, economists,transportation and infrastructure engineers, and landscapearchitects, Contributing to deliverables (reports anddrawings) and ensuring the submission on time and to thehighest quality achievable, and Interacting with the Clientrepresentatives and Authorities through meetings andpresentations. Aerial view Master Plan R Ibrahim 06
  8. 8. Al Reviera CentreRegional PlanningRed Sea, EgyptThe Project exists on the western coast of the Gulf of Aqabaabout 30 km south of the resort town of Taba, Egypt. Itextends for 9km on the coast with a total area of 7.7 millionsquare meters.The considerable size of this tourist facility dictates thatit encompasses a suitable variety of components thatare highly integrated and coordinated, rendering it asuccessful destination. Such components are planned tohave a harmonious character that will be incorporated intheir various elements, with a consistent superstructurebuilding style, and superior quality of services providedin all aspects of the project. Besides hotel and restaurantfacilities, the project includes apartments and villas, divingcenters, beach sports, recreation areas, shopping arcades,a golf course and a medical facility with a decompressionchamber. It is also essential to include a marina port foryacht tourism. Such additional features are importantin ensuring that the Riviera Center project incorporate a Planning strategies and development conceptsmix of features that will allow it the Pull” factors needed torealize the market potential.My Responsibilities includedLeading the Developer technical office, reportingdirectly to CEO, and working closely with HOK team toincorporate budget and market considerations, Developa logical sequence for orderly development of the projectand produce design guidelines to establish quality andconsistency. Extensive hands-on includes infrastructuredevelopment and zoning regulations, and development of Lead Hotel Master Planenvironmental action plans and programs. R Ibrahim 07
  9. 9. Swansea, Town CentreTown Centre Urban RegenerationSwansea, UKThe proposal envisions a seamless extension of theexisting commercial heart of the city centre. It will embraceand support new uses for the city and the community, butmost of all it will be the catalyst for a new way of living,shopping and enjoying the city centre – and its waterfront.It will address the social, economic and environmentalneeds of Swansea.The redevelopment framework provides a vision andstrategy for the city economic growth over the next twentyyears. The St David’s/Quadrant and Paxton Street/CountyHall areas have been identified as key strategic sites withinthe city centre, and will play a crucial role as catalysts in theregeneration of the city.Key Development principles:• Deliver an integrated retail-led mixed use regeneration scheme of a quality, scale and critical mass appropriate for a regional city centre with the aim of creating a step change in retail provision;• Deliver an iconic mixed use waterfront development with the critical mass to become a destination in its own right;• Connect the core City Centre to its waterfront by transforming Oystermouth Road into a high quality ‘European Boulevard’;• Deliver high quality, innovative and sustainable buildings and public realm. Analysis Master Plan R Ibrahim 08
  10. 10. Victoria EmbankmentUrban RevitalizationLondon, UKVictoria Embankment is part of the Thames Embankment,a 2km road and walkway along the north bank of theRiver Thames in London that extends from the Cityof Westminster to the City of London, beginning atWestminster bridge and ending at the north end ofBlackfriars bridge. Victoria Embankment is a key urbanspine of London with connections to the South Bank,Parliament Square, Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, theStrand and the City of London.The project aims to establish long term revitalizationstrategy that envisions the potential of the Victoriaembankment and Thames waterfront relationship that sitsin the heart of London city.The approach begins as a review of the space and Revitalization Strategyplace character and quality along Victoria embankment Master planwaterfront. Examining its strength and weakness basedon the existing situation and objectives, with the aim ofimproving its utility and attraction value.Key Design Principles:1- Energize the riverfront with activities and integrate withthe south bank activities.2- Emphasise the river Thames as a main element andstitch the city to the water edge.3-Revitalise and rejuvenate the historical area. Cross section Conceptual spatial intervention strategy R Ibrahim 09
  11. 11. Prague Urban VillageMixed use retailPrague, Czech RepublicThe Key Planning PrinciplesProtect the scale and grain of the existing street grid –avoid a “superblock” – with view corridors to the river alongthe existing street patterns.•Frontage road linking all parcels to control the trafficinterface along the new boulevard with a reduced numberof curb cuts.•Combination of an indoor/outdoor retail experience.•Increased density within 5 minute walk of Metro Station•Mixed and layered uses in a mid-rise urban form•Hidden parking managed and operated to provide sharedparking ratios that reduce the total impact on the existing Development strategycity street framework.•A major riverfront plaza as the “people place” that anchorsthe development over time. This place is framed by a mix ofuses including the swim centre that will extend the activitycycle providing an active, self-policing, environment thatwill attract the surround communities to the riverfront.•Riverside promenade (an esplanade), that forms part ofthe overall linear riverfront park system of pedestrian and Conceptual Master planbike paths throughout the city.•Sustainable design elements such as orientation ofthe main building blocks to take advantage of daylight,prevailing winds, and view corridors and a system of“green roof” buildings and terraces to capture water run-offand to increase the amounts of natural habitat for plantsand bird life. Retail options View Cross section R Ibrahim 10
  12. 12. Regeneration of the Royal PierUrban regenerationSouthampton, UKProject Aims:The scheme will support ABP’s policy of good environmentalstewardship by implementing sustainable developmentthrough a range of opportunities across the site.the key regeneration principles are:- Integrate Seamlessly with Existing City FabricIntegrated transport strategy, Connectivity for pedestrianand cyclists, new rail and road infrastructure, easy publicaccess to the waterfront, view corridors to the water fromexisting street corridors, and compatibility of scale withadjacent buildings- Facilitate enhanced and increased water based transportUtilize existing rail lines and a new spur for passenger rail Development conceptsservice. Facilitate internal port traffic between docks.- Promote sustainable design principlesOn-site renewable energy generation – harbour watersource heat pumps, biomass from dock wasteReduce energy consumption – natural light and ventilation,high insulation, solar shading.Green space- landscaped roof terraces above podiums.Adaptability – flexible building layouts to suit changing usesAccessibility – pedestrian friendly layout with good publictransport links View Master Plan R Ibrahim 11
  13. 13. Dubai CreekWaterfront urban regenerationDubai, UAEDubai Creek is a unique, complex and essential part of thecity of Dubai. It is the city’s origin and foundation. ZONE 1D.I F&B WATERFRONT PROMENADEThe revitalization of dubai creek builds on the existing OPEN SPACE - NODE BUILDING - ACTIVE EDGES HEALTH & WELLNESS PEDESTRIAN NETWORKcharacter and strengths of the Dubai Creek area – works PROPOSED CYCLE ROUTE ACTIVE WATERFRONT ZONE RETAIL END OF WATERFRONT PROMENADE PRIVATE WATERFRONT ZONE F&Bwith the existing uses and users to build and honest and POTENTIAL CUT-THROUGH POINTS INTERNAL VIEWS SITE ACCESS - VEHICULAR & PEDESTRIANauthentic story for the place, focuses on capturing and SITE ACCESS - PEDESTRIAN POTENTIAL LANDMARK FEATUREprotecting the UNESCO defined ‘intangible cultural SITE BOUNDARYheritage’ of the Creek area. And identify protect andenhance Dubai’s history, social rituals, arts and built fabric SHINDA GHA TUNNE LMy responsibility as the overall project manager was PORT RASHID BAN IYAS ROA Dto ensure that the project is delivered in an ethical and D ROA LEEJ KHA ALequitable manner, that responds to international best AL FAHL AH STRE ET Npractice and community needs and aspirations while AL GHU BAIB A ROA D AL FAHLAH STREET 0 30 60 90 120 150 AL FAHADI ROAD METRES 300ensuring the economic sustainability of the project. AL RAFFA STREET STREET STREET AL NAHDAH AL HISN D ROA SALA MUS TARIQ AL BIN ZAYEDRetaining existing built and cultural fabric, encouraging ROAD ROAD AL MINAexpansion of already vital areas such as the souks, abra KHAL D ID ROA BIN WELE OL KHO ED master plan details ROAD MANstations, community, religious and retail hubs are important,as is retention of open parks and sanctuary spaces thatare free and accessible to all. In addition access to, andimproving the offering throughout the fi ve precincts willbring much needed value and physical connection to Master Planthe Creek, increasing visitation by a wider audience andmaking the Creek truly a place for all. Aerial view Elevation R Ibrahim 13
  14. 14. Taba Beach Moevenpick ResortTourism DevelopmentTaba, EgyptNested in a mountain valley, the Taba Beach MoevenpickResort includes luxury 432 Rooms, Suites and Bungalows,Main Restaurant (400 seats) ,Specialized Restaurants(French, Chinese, Fish),Indoor Heated Swimming Pooland Entertainment Hall, Sports’ Center, Diving , TennisCourts, Conference Center, and Shopping Mall.My Responsibilities included:Design and internal coordination, working with a team ofpeople of diverse disciplines and cultures to meet projectrequirements. Satelite viewReconcile the goals and priorities of TTDC with thoseof the resort operator while fostering opportunities fordesign and technical excellence, Monitor and documentproject process, enabling clear communications amongconsultants, and client.Develop and maintain a Project Plan, Monitor the contractrequirements, and identify changes in project scope,schedule, or service that result in supplemental or additionalservices. Guests wing Master Plan Aerial view Bungalows R Ibrahim 14
  15. 15. Ideas ......The currency of changing world