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Urban Life In Public Spaces

  1. 1. Tareq Abdulla Akram Nhair American University of Sharjah School of Architecture and Design Urban Planning Graduate Program & Department of Architecture
  2. 2. Contents
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>The objective of the project is to study the qualities of urban space in modern city by choosing two deferent urban space types, and compares them qualitatively to each other, and try to identify differences and similarities in term of people behavior, experience, and integration to the city. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Methodology <ul><li>The methodology used is based on qualitative and empirical bases. The study includes the following phases: </li></ul><ul><li>1- Data collection using literature, internet and authorities. </li></ul><ul><li>2- Contextual observe and site visit. </li></ul><ul><li>3- Conducting statistical survey and analysis. </li></ul><ul><li>4- Photography, graphic material and sketches. </li></ul><ul><li>5- Create a comparative analysis. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>-The mall is located in Al Kuwaitat District, close to the downtown area, and the border of Oman. </li></ul><ul><li>-Covering an area of 108,000 sq. m. featuring three levels. </li></ul><ul><li>-The mall contain over 160 outlets. </li></ul><ul><li>-More than 1000 covered car park areas in the ground level. </li></ul>Al Ain Mall Description
  6. 6. Al Ain Mall External view
  7. 7. Al Ain mall internal view
  8. 8. Al Ain Mall plans Ground Floor 1st Floor 2nd Floor
  9. 9. <ul><li>Bastakiya has been transformed into a tourist village. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s loaded with traditional courtyard houses, bedecked with wind towers. </li></ul><ul><li>The district includes cultural center, a museum, an art gallery and restaurants. </li></ul>Al Bastakiya Description
  10. 10. Al Bastakiya Description
  11. 11. Comparative analysis <ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship to the city </li></ul><ul><li>Physical characters </li></ul><ul><li>Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Attractions </li></ul><ul><li>Users </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian movements </li></ul><ul><li>Car Access </li></ul>
  12. 12. History <ul><li>Al Ain Mall </li></ul><ul><li>The mall’s current location used to be a farmland owned by the developer. </li></ul><ul><li>The construction works finished on 2001, and the official opening toke a place at the same year. </li></ul><ul><li>Al Bastakiya </li></ul><ul><li>When Persian merchants first moved here and set up shop. </li></ul><ul><li>Since many of these expatriates hailed from Iran's Bastak region, this quarter of town became know as the Bastakiya District. </li></ul><ul><li>It was always busy as a trading and fishing hub with many visitors coming to conduct business from throughout the region. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Relationship to the city <ul><li>Al Ain Mall </li></ul><ul><li>Al Bastakiya </li></ul>
  14. 14. Physical characters <ul><li>Al Bastakiya </li></ul>
  15. 15. Physical characters <ul><li>Al Bastakiya </li></ul>
  16. 16. Activities <ul><li>Al Ain Mall </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Dining </li></ul><ul><li>Passive engagement </li></ul>
  17. 17. Activities <ul><li>Al Bastakiya </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Dining </li></ul>
  18. 18. Attractions <ul><li>Al Ain Mall </li></ul>
  19. 19. Attractions <ul><li>Al Bastakiya </li></ul>
  20. 20. Attractions <ul><li>Al Bastakiya </li></ul>
  21. 21. Users <ul><li>Al Ain Mall </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 80% are Arab nationals including about 40% UAE Nationals. </li></ul><ul><li>Most age groups are between 21 and 50. </li></ul><ul><li>Most live within 25 Km radius. </li></ul><ul><li>Most belong to the middle class. </li></ul><ul><li>60% male, 40% female. </li></ul><ul><li>67% married, 33 singles. </li></ul><ul><li>Most educated. </li></ul><ul><li>Occupation: 60% Public Sector, 40% Private Sector. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Users <ul><li>Al Bastakiya </li></ul><ul><li>65% are residents, locals and tourists who. </li></ul><ul><li>35% are workers, including: managers, restaurants staff, security… etc. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Pedestrian movements <ul><li>Al Ain Mall </li></ul><ul><li>The mall design encouraging the users to walk through it, specially between the two magnet shops; The Mega Mart and the Center Point Group. </li></ul><ul><li>Benches and planters in the alleyways are carefully positioned to attract shoppers into stores. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Pedestrian movements <ul><li>1- the pattern for the stretch of the preserved historical area, Shindigha area, Grand Souq, Fehidi Fort and Al Bastakiya district. </li></ul><ul><li>2- the circulation within Al Bastakiya itself. </li></ul>Al Bastakiya
  25. 25. <ul><li>Al Ain Mall </li></ul><ul><li>Al Bastakiya </li></ul>Car Access
  26. 26. Findings <ul><li>Physical Findings </li></ul><ul><li>Social Findings </li></ul><ul><li>Behavior Findings </li></ul><ul><li>Economical Findings </li></ul>
  27. 27. Physical Findings <ul><li>Al Ain Mall </li></ul><ul><li>The mall has a negative physical impact on the city, through creating an activity area opened inward, and at the same time it’s segregated from the city through ugly, blank, and high walls on it’s outside. </li></ul><ul><li>Al Bastakiya </li></ul><ul><li>It has a positive impact on the city, since it has a unique architectural characteristics , with many accesses points physically and visually from different directions. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Social Findings <ul><li>AL Ain Mall </li></ul><ul><li>The mall is encouraging the social segregation based on the income and purchasing power. </li></ul><ul><li>Al Bastakiya </li></ul><ul><li>In Al Bastakiya the social segregation has emerged through transforming the area into tourists attraction and a cultural area. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Behavior Findings <ul><li>Al Ain Mall </li></ul><ul><li>The behavior of the users is the result of the mall’s physical design, creating an internal environment that is ideal and close to perfection. The mall is encouraging the users to walk through it, to enter the shops, and to buy. And this is the idea of the theme park, which tries to transform the urban space from being an organic part of the city, into totally separated and independent entity. </li></ul><ul><li>Al Bastakiya </li></ul><ul><li>The tourist’s behavior in Al Bastakiya is based on the need to discover the mystery of the area, provided through narrow and surprising alleyways. And it’s not the result of clear destination or pre-controlled direction. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Economical Findings <ul><li>Al Ain Mall </li></ul><ul><li>Economical revenue is the primary reason behind creating the mall. </li></ul><ul><li>Al Bastakiya </li></ul><ul><li>Economical revenue is not considered to be the primary motive for operating and sustaining the site. </li></ul>

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