University City Boulevard
Place Dynamix was awarded the contract for public realm design and the preparation of design guidelines for a vibrant 3km street in the University City area of Sharjah. The area contains an eclectic mix of buildings and land uses and is frequented by many university students visiting the numerous cafes and restaurants. The design seeks to utilize the prime location and provide a memorable exciting destination for university students and other visitors.
The first task was to develop a place-making strategy which resolved various problems such as parking, accessibility and the provision of built pedestrian areas. Our design provides ample protected pedestrian only sidewalks with numerous seats and shade canopies. Shaded spill-out spaces provide opportunity for art and a rotating programme of events and exhibitions. The planted areas with shading trees separate pedestrians from new controlled parking areas for cars - the main traffic mode of visitors at this location. Various other transport modes are promoted with public transport stops, dedicated cycle lanes and dedicated jogging track. This is in line with the aspirations of the SUPC to encourage healthy lifestyles and active daily activities.