Ajman University of Science and Technology Wins Estidama Fareej Design Contest

Published November 24th, 2009 - 01:16 GMT

Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST) has been adjudged as the winner of the Estidama Fareej Design contest, a joint programme introduced by Estidama, the unique sustainability initiative introduced by Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and Aldar, the private property developer based in Abu Dhabi. The winner of the contest was announced at the prestigious Greenbuild International Conference held recently at Phoenix, Arizona (USA).

The entries received for the Estidama Fareej Design Contest, which primarily presented a challenge to design a sustainable Emirati house integrated in the local traditional neighbourhood concept, Al Fareej, were reviewed by an esteemed jury panel, which comprised of expert representatives from the UPC, Estidama, Aldar and Masdar. Besides these entities, the jury also comprised of two prominent Emirati urban planners, namely Mr. Ahmed Al Ali, Partner and Founder, X-architects, Dubai and Mr. Khalid Al Najjar, Partner and Founder of dxb lab.

AUST’s winning project, which was titled ‘Wind Catcher’, was submitted as a modern interpretation of a local design element, the ‘Wind Tower’, wherein the team studied the cooling effects of the wind tower and adapted the research to propose an innovative “Wind Wall”. 
Estidama has hailed the participation of more than 100 university students from Architecture, Urban Planning, Engineering and other related faculties in the Contest. The creative designs presented by students from the UAE University and the American University of Sharjah also received special honoring from Estidama for the integrated sustainable solutions they featured. The results of winning designs
“We at UPC would like to congratulate AUST’s winning team for their exemplary submission to the Estidama Fareej Design Contest. All the entries that were received for the competition were of high quality and displayed elements of creativity and innovation,” said Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi, General Manager, Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council. He further added “The incredible response to the contest from the students is a clear indication of Estidama’s bright prospects in the future years and is a perfect example of the support our mission enjoys among the constituents of this next generation that will certainly have a key role to play in the ongoing implementation of Estidama”.

The international recognition for the winning design of the Estidama Fareej Design contest was not limited to its announcement at the Greenbuild International Conference. The details of the design created by AUST team were also presented in detail to the faculty and students of the architecture stream at the Arizona State University by Salem Al Qassimi, Associate Planner, Estidama.
The jury panel not only attributed AUST’s design entry as a fine representation of an Emirati interpretation of sustainability but also praised the winning design’s flexibility and its unique property of being possibly adapted by a major developer like Aldar. The jury also applauded the innovative amalgamation of the traditional and modern aspects of design, while also preserving and promoting the Emirati lifestyle. The students’ deep understanding of Estidama guiding principles and overall philosophy, which was clearly imbibed in the submitted designs, was also acknowledged by the jury.
The Estidama Fareej Design Contest aimed at creating a unique opportunity for students to not only apply the academic knowledge that they have acquired thus far, but also incorporate their creative thoughts into their respective designs. Each team, in the Contest was asked to submit a designed software program on two-storey, multi-family, residential villa that will include living areas and an indoor space for meetings and gatherings.

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