PASS - post arab spring square -
Samer Mohammad, Raymund Yadao, Grace Abou Jaoudeh, Hawra Esmaiel
An urban action calls to connect the city to its sea and the institutions to the people. We call for submerging the Arabian Gulf Road below ground level and erasing the urban infrastructures all around, except for the civic and governmental institutions. A public park with lush landscape surrounds and connects national and architectural beacons that will become platforms of constructive expressions and aspirations. The National Museum, the National Assembly, the National Library, Dar Al-Athar al-Islamiyya, among other ‘pavilions’ in the landscape, proliferate public performance areas within the landscape or that open to it, all at a walking or cycling distance from one another. These areas are connected to other play fields, stretching along 1 mile of coastline encounter between the city and its sea. With the widening of the ring roads to the Seventh so far, the heart of the city is getting de-congested by reversing urbanism within the First Ring Road and rendering the area a car-free green zone.