Italian firm Luca Curci Architects explores what life could be like in the Middle East with a new interpretation of sustainable desert living. Desert Cities is a concept for a development based on a nodal network with small to large-scale living options that are all built upon the concept of maximizing resources to minimize environmental impact.
The genesis of Desert Cities began by rethinking the concept of a line, which can act as both a border as well as a connection between two points. These lines create a network between a series of nodes, which are points of residence, commerce or culture. There are three different-sized node types for the human scale. The smallest hub can house a few families together in a community. Then the medium size is designed to host research centers, cultural centers, service centers, or administrative offices. Lastly, the largest provides for more complex communities with a population of 2,000-5,000 inhabitants and all their necessary work, social and cultural amenities.
Desert Cities is based upon the concept of sustainable living, energy saving, resources streamlining, respect of nature and enhancement of human relationships. The structures will be constructed from locally and natural eco-compatible materials and will utilized the sun and wind for their energy supply. Water resources will be conserved by reusing waste water, rainwater recovery and desalinated drinking water with solar energy. Finally waste will be minimized through reuse, recycling and composting.
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