King Abdulaziz Public Library in Riyadh organized recently a meeting entitled: “Saudi Urban Codes: Challenges and Opportunities” with the participation of Dhaiya Al-Dowayan, Head of the Urban Design and Planning Center for Saudi Cities, and the meeting was moderated by Afnan Al-Khidr.
Engineer Dhai Al-Dowayan talked about the new cities and their urban codes, how the building is consistent with the identity and traditions of society and heritage, and how to develop cities so that the quality of life is achieved.
In her lecture, Al-Dowayan stressed that it is necessary to coordinate with the various authorities concerned with urbanization, to achieve the urban identity in a way that commensurates with the environment, culture, and traditions.
While Al-Dowayan referred to some international cities such as Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Santiago, and Paris in terms of their urban identity, systems and services, and others.
She further considered that preserving identity is necessary.
Al-Dowayan also saw the need for “the urban codes to be very flexible, to provide the best shape, as well as development must be flexible.
She added that it is necessary to implement the Saudi urban codes with their local features in a way that suits us.
After the lecture, questions and interventions focused on some topics raised by Al-Dowayan in her lecture, focusing on the identity of cities, design methods, urban fabric, and building methods.
She indicated that our traditions and culture must be observed in the buildings.
On a question about the city of Riyadh, Al-Dowayan indicated that Riyadh will be a large city with a population of 20 million people, and horizontal expansion requires many services. The (NEOM) city will be a developed future city.
The lecture came within the cultural program of the King Abdulaziz Public Library, which aims to provide qualitative culture and advanced knowledge for the various segments of society.