A Desert Blooms: A Middle Eastern Park Plan Breaks the Mold

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May 16, 2014
How do you design green space that can withstand Abu Dhabi’s heat? Thomas Heatherwick listened to the desert.
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  Heatherwick Studios designed this Abu Dhabi park to work with the challenging desert environment. Proposed structural features, such as a cracked canopy that mimics the landscape’s natural reaction to the blistering heat, are meant to provide shade and reduces evaporation. Image courtesy Heatherwick Studios.
    Heatherwick Studios designed this Abu Dhabi park to work with the challenging desert environment. Proposed structural features, such as a cracked canopy that mimics the landscape’s natural reaction to the blistering heat, are meant to provide shade and reduces evaporation. Image courtesy Heatherwick Studios.
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  The proposal, set for completion in 2017, calls for a main area sunk below the surface and covered with an irregular grid of 20-meter high canopy pieces that mimic the surrounding landscape. Image courtesy Heatherwick Studios.
    The proposal, set for completion in 2017, calls for a main area sunk below the surface and covered with an irregular grid of 20-meter high canopy pieces that mimic the surrounding landscape. Image courtesy Heatherwick Studios.
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  As Heatherwick said in an official statement, “Instead of denying the presence of the desert that the city is built on, we set ourselves the task of making a park out of the desert itself.” Image courtesy Heatherwick Studios.
    As Heatherwick said in an official statement, “Instead of denying the presence of the desert that the city is built on, we set ourselves the task of making a park out of the desert itself.” Image courtesy Heatherwick Studios.
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