Forthcoming Special Issue: Saudi Vision 2030 - Habitats for Sustainable Development

2021-03-12

Saudi Vision 2030 is Saudi Arabia's vision for the future. It is a package of social and economic policies that are designed to free the kingdom from dependence on oil exports and to build a prosperous and sustainable economic future by focusing on the country's strength and policies. The Saudi Vision 2030 is calling for action in several sectors related to design practice and the built environment. The solution to the demand for design increasingly takes the form of a continuum of products, services and communication as part of strategies which embrace broad issues ranging from technologies to culture, from strategies to the planning of visions and scenarios, with a view to innovation, and environmental and social sustainability. The forthcoming Special Issue: Saudi Vision 2030 - Habitats for Sustainable Development, presents a diverse range of analyses and case studies.

The issue begins with an introduction by Dr Yenny Rahmayati, from Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia, who highlights the importance and impact of Saudi Vision 2030. This theme is developed in the subsequent articles which explore from diverse perspectives the ways that vision 2030 necessitates a shift in mindset from strategic planning to a focus on sustainability; a shift that entails wide ranging changes throughout planning, architecture, and urban development. Such a shift in thinking is also reflected new inclusive and participatory approaches to historical villages, which are now being reused and adapted for development. This topic is a focal point of the special issue, with two articles focused on approaches to the reuse of historic buildings. Another key feature is the prevalence of case-study-based analyses that explore complex questions, such as how to improve the quality of life in residential areas, through tangible examples and lived experience. The last section of the issue looks at Vision 2030 and its effects on Riyadh, exploring this question from two points of view. The first is a commercial perspective, discussing the branding of the city, while the second is that of architecture students.     

EKISTICS AND THE NEW HABITAT Forthcoming Special Issue: Saudi Vision 2030 - Habitats for Sustainable Development 2020, Vol 80, Issue 3 Guest Editor:

Dr. Yenny Rahmayati, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia

Contents 1.      Saudi Vision 2030 – Habitats for Sustainable Development, Editor’s Introduction

Dr. Yenny Rahmayati, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia

2.      Saudi Vision 2030: A New Mind-set of City Future: Moving from Strategic Planning to Sustainable Development Based Vision: The Case of Ar-Riyadh, KSA

Amira Abdelrazik Elbortokaly, Cairo University, Egypt, amera_elbortokaly@yahoo.com, (corresponding author)

Noorhan Mustafa Hanafi, Cairo University, Egypt

3.      Adaptive Reuse Strategy for Abandoned Historic Villages in Asir (Saudi Arabia): A Participatory Approach

Dr. Anna Klingmann, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia, anna@klingmann.com (corresponding author)

4.      Comparing the Sustainable Reuse of Historical Buildings

Dr. Silvia Mazzetto, Italian Ministry of Education University and Research, Italy, silvia_mazzetto@yahoo.it (corresponding author)

5.      Improving the Quality of Life in Saudi Cities through Active Public Residential Spaces: The Case of Central Dammam City

Sulaiman M. Almazroua, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Saudi Arabia, eng.sliman@yahoo.com (corresponding author)

Dr. K.M. Maniruzzaman, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Ismaila R. Abubakar, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

6.      Branding Saudi Arabia’s capital: How Riyadh uses urban place marketing, mega-events and urban destinations as tools to brand the city in line with Vision 2030

Dr. Anna Klingmann, Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia, anna@klingmann.com (corresponding author)

7.      Saudi Vision for a Happy City: Analyzing architecture students’ perspective for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Arshi Parashar, Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal; Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India, arshiparashar@gmail.com (corresponding author)

Dr. Harshit Sosan Lakra, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India.