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City of Silk Rail Network to Link Middle East & China

Posted By Ali Kriscenski On August 4, 2008 @ 5:00 am In Design,Green Transportation,Innovation,Urban design | 3 Comments

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A massive urban masterplan [2] has been approved for Madinat al-Hareer, or City of Silk, in Subiya, Kuwait. With a budget of £66 billion ($132bn USD), the project is an ambitious endeavor that will provide a rail network [3] between major Middle East cities and China. Kuwait, Damascus, Baghdad, and Iran are all along the intended railway route, which will link these cities to Israel and China. Boasting a new tower that will become the world’s tallest [4], the design for City of Silk will also include numerous recreation and business attractions, including a National Wildlife Sanctuary.

City of Silk, Madinat al-Hareer, Subiya Kuwait, world

British architects Civic Arts | Eric Kuhne Associates [5] designed the city complex masterplan, which will include residences, hotels and retail with housing for up to 700,000 people. A stadium, new airport and 23.5 kilometer bridge (to Kuwait City) are also planned. The entire project will cover 250 square kilometers with specific areas for a variety of city activities. At the center, Burj Mubarak al-Kabir will become the world’s largest tower at 1001 meters high, clearing the Burj Dubai [6] by 200 meters and nearly doubling the height of the Taipei 101.

Civic Arts hopes that the project will be completed by 2023.

+ Civic Arts | Eric Kuhne Associates [5]

Via World Architecture News [7]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/04/city-of-silk-rail-network-to-link-middle-east-china/attachment/13103/

[2] urban masterplan: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/17/schmidt-hammer-lass-architects-ecobay/

[3] rail network: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/04/transportation-tuesday-can-spains-ave-train-kill-the-airplane/

[4] the world’s tallest: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/02/25/new-gazprom-tower-will-be-europes-tallest-most-sustainable/

[5] Civic Arts | Eric Kuhne Associates: http://www.civicarts.com/

[6] Burj Dubai: http://www.burjdubai.com/

[7] World Architecture News: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=10144

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