Urban revitalization in Muscat, Oman

Date: 

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 3:00pm to Mon, 01/24/2022 - 4:02pm

The Head of Muscat Municipality, Sultan bin Hamdoon Al Harthi, a graduate of CALA in architecture, invited CALA to participate in revisioning a number of critical urban connectivity issues as well as the urban waterfront of Muscat. Muscat is currently undertaking a number of large urban revitalization projects, including Sultan Qaboos Boulevard, Seeb Seafront Plaza, Al Mawaleh Souk, Muttrah Central Business District, Al Qurum Festival Square, Ruwi Central Business District, Wadi Adai Pedestrian Bridge, Muttrah Fish Market and Al Khuwair Vegetable Market, to name a few. This CALA studio project in Oman examines current urban revitalization efforts in Muscat, and generates a conceptual urban revitalization master plan that attempts to lend cohesion and connectivity to this diverse array of renewal projects.

It is anticipated that this experience will catalyze a better understanding of the potential influences and confines inherent in our design and planning professions regarding their ability to effect meaningful change in urban fabric. It is also intended that cultural and professional commonalities will emerge and become increasingly apparent to all participants. Although urban areas in Oman and the United States are vividly distinct across a range of criterion; both regions must contend with an array of critical environmental and social issues, i.e. uncontrolled growth, economic stagnation, transportation inefficiencies, a dearth of open space and recreational opportunities, environmental degradation, as well as  diminishing sense of place. Although cultural and political schisms are at times all too apparent, students and faculty in the allied design and planning professions do in fact share many common goals. And, we choose to focus this studio experience on perhaps the most important of these objectives: that of creating urban fabric envisioned and developed across a range of interrelated variables, i.e. economy, environment, culture, function, and aesthetic measures of sustainability.

Dr. Mark Frederickson is tenured faculty with the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. He received his B.ARCH. and M.ARCH. from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California in Los Angeles / UCLA. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer, the recipient of three Senior Fulbright Scholar Awards, and an ORS Scholar with Edinburgh University, U.K. Dr. Frederickson has taught and practiced Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in a range of cultural, environmental, and professional contexts in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He is internationally recognized for his award winning projects in urban design and small town revitalization, and has presented keynote addresses in both Latin America and the Middle-East. He is also the founder and Director the Tejido Group, an international and interdisciplinary community outreach design and planning program at the University of Arizona. Dr. Frederickson and the Tejido Group are the recipients of four Master Plan of the Year Awards from the Arizona Planning Association and two national design and planning awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects. The Tejido Group continues to be an important source of outside funding and design and planning awards for the College through its efforts in community outreach and applied research projects throughout Arizona, Central America, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Dr. Frederickson is a LEED accredited professional.

DR. MARK FREDERICKSON, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

MENAS Colloquium Series
Fall 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012
3pm in Marshall 490