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After their winning entry for the new design for the Transportation system of Jeddah, Fosters + Partners have officially been awarded the contract to start developing the new “architectural vision” for Jeddah’s new city wide public transport plan.  While a new elevated metro line serves as the major idea, Foster and Partners have planned out an elaborate system for other modes of transport such as ferries, buses, cycles as well. Keeping in mind the long term growth of the city, a very sustainable approach to public transport has been taken, providing ample public spaces en route. Apart from that, they have envisioned certain “nodes of development” at key locations below the elevated tracks of the metro.  Responding to the local climate and drawing inspiration from the high density, compact urban model of the ancient quarter of Al Balad, the master plan generated by Foster and Partners seeks to provide comfort for the pedestrian by providing comfortable, walkable shaded streets.

Courtesy of Foster and Partners

Courtesy of Foster and Partners

The entire concept draws on principles of Transit Oriented Development, with Foster and Partners aiming primarily to make the transport nodes accessible to at least half the population of Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia, under a span of 10 minutes.
According to the firm, “Each station node will create a new neighbourhood, with a unique character, and together these will create a diverse and vibrant city.”

By: Shamita Chaudhry

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