Applying Land Carrying Capacity: Planning and Constructing (THUWAL SA) Urban Environment

By Omar M. N. Amireh.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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Planners and urban designers have devised certain parameters that help in solving past and present urban problems, at the same time directing what they see as sustainable future development. In contrast to all advanced theoretical, practical, and environmental technicalities, the main concept of Thuwal, the old Red Sea fishing village, is to develop an old decaying country environment into a marina-type resort and fishing town. The developer wants to sustain the history and the inherited social structure and the cultural characteristics of the village, integrating them into a fully modern infrastructure and advanced construction sustainable environment. Due to the many influential variables involved in the planning and the design strategy, and the intense parameters, conditions, and requirements in the master plan, the study follows a simplified but fully illustrated discussion. Strategy will be discussed by way of points classified into three planning frameworks, regional, urban and spatial. Each point will first be explained, evaluated and its prospects examined, and finally preferences of implementation will be considered. Concepts of sustainability and environmental friendliness will be articulated into precepts intended to manage, measure and generate a relation that brings together energy, materials and waste with economy, environment and society in the context of the past, the present and the future. Finally, land carrying capacity will integrate qualities and quantities, and provide appropriateness, efficiency, diversity and other parameters of land use, which will be confined to the fact that this study is integrating users’ services, needs and activities with the urban resources, services, utilities and facilities.

Keywords: Design and Planning Processes, Land Carrying Capacity

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.59-77. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 706.120KB).

Prof. Omar M. N. Amireh

Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Consultations Office, Petra University, Amman, Albalqaa', Jordan

Ex Dean and Ex President Consultant of the Engineering Affairs, Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Petra University, Amman, Jordan. Involved in architectural academia and practices since graduation from Alexandria Egypt 1978. As a part time Architect and full time Teaching assistant at University of Jordan I worked on several design projects including Office Buildings, Comprehensive School, Town Growth Centre, and Housing Estate. In Saudi Arabia, Riyadh I was the technical design manager of the central Mosque, and one of two designers of the Justice Palace. Getting a scholarship from the University of Jordan I finished my PhD degree from Mackintosh School of Architecture Glasgow Britain in 1990. As a tutor I taught Architectural Theories, Design, Urban Design, Graphic, and Computer Aided Design. In the Master Program I taught several master courses, also supervised 21 master theses and was a jury member of about 25. In practice I worked as a consultant for Zuhai Fayez and Saudi Aramco Jeddah SA on Thuwal Sustainable Master plan, also designed a 120 bed hospital and about 25 Vilas and offices in Amman, also designed Ma’aan University Campus south of Jordan. I attended 12 architectural conferences and published 15 papers and participated in three international competitions one of which was Beirut Central district Lebanon in which we reach group A out of 365 international entries.