Department of Visual Arts / University of California, San Diego
Upending the Logic: Inverse Urban Heat Island Effects in Arabian Gulf Cities
by Steven Velegrinis
Most cities around the world suffer from heat islands, an outcome from the process of urbanization.
In the Arabian Gulf, however, urbanization has led to an Inverse Urban Heat Island effect. Water and
the cautious (re)use of water plays an essential albeit indirect role in this urban alchemy. Through
the lens of a landscape manifesto for a new city in the Middle East, this lecture will outline how we
can use the experience of cities such as Dubai and Singapore to address Urban Heat Island
Steven Velegrinis is Director of Urbanism+Planning in Aecom Middle East and Africa.