Designed to be a physical and psychological reaction for urban ecosystems in Jeddah, the concept for this modular, multi-layered pedestrian system was born from the studio’s research into how infrastructural interventions could support an organic evolution of the Middle East’s urban fabrics.
Exploring how the pedestrian walkways of Jeddah, ‘Al-Mamsha’, could evolve as response to the restrictions placed upon human movement and interaction by the Pandemic, the studio have developed ‘The Mamsha of Al-Tahliya Street’; perpendicular to the City’s growth along the cornice, the project looks to expand the city’s urban network from the west to east, allowing dwellers to adapt, move and connect organically.
Their solution of a split-level network acts as the neighborhood’s spinal cord; with the trafﬁc segmented in two colour-coded levels, it offers controllable solutions for pedestrian traffic, running tracks and cycling paths that can coexist within the rules of social distancing. On the ground level, the network offers opportunity for the community to reconnect with communal spaces, sunken shops and skate parks.
In the midst of these two zones, an open-air, tree-lined zone for resting and solitude is designed as a stepped platform.
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