Dubbed X-Space, the project aims to stitch together the city across Sheikh Zayed Road, the main highway that runs through the United Arab Emirates. Inspired by desert dunes and the movement of sand sweeping across paved roads, the proposal includes one kilometer of new public spaces and green areas to give urban space back to the city and its people.
The philosophy behind X-Space is to develop an urban fabric focused on sharing, integration and tolerance for human scale urbanism, a place where people can live, work and play. Such urban design should connect spaces with people and cultural practices at the heart of Sheikh Zayed Road with rich visual variety, density, connected network systems and human activities.
X-Space would provide retail, food and beverage outlets, trade offices, pathways for pedestrians and cyclists, and a landing platform for small drones. "This is in addition to connecting both sides of the street, from east to west, and linking the past of Dubai to its present from the north to south
The ultimate purpose, objective and goal of X-Space can be represented by [the phrase]: 'cities with less cars', and hopefully, without any cars. This may be [dismissed as] just a dream; however, this is the core idea that reflects what the project aims to do by launching a completely different approach to mobility, bicycle paths, rapid and easily available mass transit, and urban design for light-weight vehicles and drone landing pads.