Shahat Garden City
The existing town of Shahat is located in the renowned Green Mountain region in eastern Libya, only a few kilometres south of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ancient city of Cyrene. The new, mixed-use development would create homes for 60,000 people over the 1500-hectare site, with connections to the existing town emphasised by carefully planned road links.
Dense neighbourhood centres would be achieved through an abundance of mixed use and adaptable buildings that would allow for growth and change according to commercial and social pressures, with new civic buildings, a university and a central botanical garden. A prototype design was proposed that could be applied to form over eighty new kindergartens and primary and secondary schools, with hilltop centres to be surrounded by rural smallholdings and wadi farms to help integrate the farming culture of the local community into the new masterplan.
The masterplan created a design for low-carbon living through walk-able neighbourhoods, shaded streets, natural cooling and low-energy buildings, wind farms and solar power fields, as well as a better urban environment.