URB, a global pioneer in sustainable development, has presented the concepts for XZero City, a proposed sustainable community in Kuwait that would provide 100,000 residents with a net zero carbon lifestyle.
According to a URB statement, the 1600-hectare development in Kuwait’s southern region would supply 30,000 residential properties in addition to 30,000 eco-friendly jobs. These jobs would be spread across a diverse range of sectors such as medical, tourist, technological, educational, retail, and entertainment.
As part of the development a wellness center, autism village, and clinics will be part of the medical hub. A nursery, school, and an institute will be part of the educational hub. Then, an indoor mall and flexible office space will make up the commercial hub.
XZERO’S STAND-OUT SUSTAINABLE FACILITIES
Through its many eco-friendly hospitality facilities, such as a five-star eco-resort and eco-lodges, XZero will be an attractive destination for sustainable tourism. The utility park and nature conservation center, for example, will serve as education attractions and will develop the city into a one-of-a-kind tourist destination.
XZero City is designed to meet the highest standards for social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Achieving this is obtained through utilizing passive design principles in addition to green and blue infrastructure. This allows the development to be a sustainable project that necessitates the smallest amount of financial investment while offering the greatest environmental and social benefits.
According to URB, a one-of-a-kind resilient landscape intended to promote health, wellbeing, and biodiversity is at the forefront of the development. This is because the city is planned and constructed to be the most pedestrian-friendly city in the world. Well-shaded primary and secondary walking networks, in addition to easy access to green transport like cycling and electric buggies, offer a safe, convenient, and pleasurable way to travel around the whole city. 35 kilometers of designated running and cycling tracks help to facilitate this along with a 9-kilometer track that links to the equestrian center.
These networks and mixed-use zones are deliberately situated in the project’s center alongside the highest density of housing. This is done to minimize the distance that most people will need to walk in the city.
Equally, the city is cleverly optimized to maximize the volume of green space. This serves to mitigate the impacts of rising temperatures and urban heat islands, resulting in a cooler environment.
Overall, the city will offer the best possible standard of living while safeguarding the environment for future generations. This ultimately sets the standard for how future cities could be designed in harmony with nature, while also encouraging a greener, more circular economy.