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PLUG[IN] Emad GeorgeSabry and Treveena Wanis

PLUG[IN] accelerates the recovery of the post pandemic in a visibly creative dialogue using the living design principles and framework with lasting community benefits. A transformative catalyst that is futureproofing and can be translated to other communities in regenerative precedent forms increasing footfall and international revenue.

The design response starts with embracing the pressing needs and frustrations and addressing the lack of open public spaces within the city. The approach is to maximize the sensible footfall of the public open spaces yet maximizing revenue. The intricate balance between these opposing needs are reflected in the dynamic spaces and typologies designed with social, arts and cultural relations that engage with the surrounding context. This lifestyle blend embeds heterotopia concepts of diffusing new urban life forms that are human-centric with collective spaces of otherness that celebrate wellbeing in common open spaces.

The approach for the evolving city is to have long-term mixed-use typologies and temporary structures that are integrated with porous open common spaces. An open network of expanded activities and workspace adapt in a flexible framework with social relations embedded in the dynamic spaces. The porous boundaries are blurred between what is indoor-outdoor and public-private with the performative architecture and connective landscaping being considered as one single entity.

Resilience is seen on three levels: environmental, social, and economic. Low carbon footprint, renewable energy generation, natural ventilation, low impact mobility, reduction in fossil fuel energy, and a net zero trajectory address climate change adaptation and mitigation. Other aspects include social cohesion and a design that is economically viable and feasible.

The connecting story involves wellbeing through architecture and landscape with reinvigorating memorable moments of the surrounding rich historic fabric and public realm, enriched with the biodiverse performative landscape blend.

Regeneration can be seen through the lens of re-thinking, re-evaluating, and re-purposing on all scales with material life span considered. The lean DFMA system upgrades the building fabric and adapts to the circular economy principle with building functions designed for multiple uses rooted from the community’s choice and designed for longevity. Disassembly is easy with these efficient modular design structures.

Simple clear steps are taken in the design ethics that are interconnected with the five living design principles from which local stakeholders can benefit. For the sustainability principle, the design aligns with the sustainable development goals in many points and reaches the fullest potential of the enduring and clean systems and services.

Inclusion and collaboration are paramount for future successful communities. PLUG[IN] community engagement decides how to transform their needs to work, live and play into embodied forms that change over time through its toolkit menu. Diversity in the mixed activities and its public openness transforms the development into an energetic hub with green open spaces. Exposed vertical circulation invites local and international users to enjoy the development in a multi-layered experience that responds to the cultural context and improves pedestrian connectivity.

The five elements combined represent space quality that strengthen futureproofing and address the growing needs of how spaces are daily used.