October 2012

Otak’s Parvathi Nampoothiri, LEED AP, AICP, PQP, participated in a full-day workshop at the Future Cities conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on October 4, 2012.

Delegates and speakers from various disciplines across the industry gathered at the conference to discuss planning and urban development practices from around the world, with special focus on the opportunities and challenges in the Middle East.

The workshop was structured as a master class on creating livable and sustainable communities using the principles of New Urbanism. Parvathi’s presentation, ‘Rethinking Urban Streets in Abu Dhabi,’ looked at walkability and connectivity as key elements in creating livable communities. Her talk focused on creating pedestrian-friendly, multi-modal streets based on the design principles and practices established by the Abu Dhabi Urban Street Design Manual.


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