Special issue on Saudi Vision 2030 - Habitats for Sustainable Development

2020-02-08

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.

This Special Issue seeks papers from architecture, urban design and planning practitioners, academics and researchers which posit and analyse the problems of the cities and the new habitats in Saudi Arabia in relation to Saudi Vision 2030. Special attention will be paid to perspectives that explore the Vision Realization Programs: the Quality of Life and the Housing program which includes housing, urban design and environment, infrastructure and transportation, and heritage. The programs look for new perspectives towards more sustainable, resilient and liveable cities.

The research themes are opened to a wide range of studies that might involve different disciplines like humanities, technologies, engineering and social science.