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Lakatamia

Nicosia, Cyprus, 2009

Client: Cybarco Property Developers

This proposal submitted in response to an invited competition (with EDAW | AECOM) introduces new standards in mixed use sustainable urban development for Cyprus. Situated in the outer suburbs of the island’s capital, Nicosia, the master plan proposes a relatively high density neighbourhood, comprising a mix of flats and terraced houses, on a fine grain network of streets, surrounding a local neighbourhood retail and leisure centre.

Climate change is having a significant impact in Cyprus, not least due to a chronic shortage of water. Strategies to mitigate and combat climate change are integral to the development, including rain water catchment, grey and black water recycling, water wise planting, and extensive shading; as well as a layout that promotes pedestrian movement and reduces the need to travel by car.

The master plan is supported by a public realm strategy, comprising a green spine along an existing waterway, local squares and play spaces, short local ‘home-zone’ streets, and a pedestrian movement network.

The proposal was shortlisted as one of two, before the competition was abandoned due to the global financial crisis of 2008/2009.

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