Urban Design Project Showcases Innovative Solutions for Kurdistan’s Communities

On January 21, 2024, the culmination of months of hard work and creativity was unveiled as students from the academic year 2023-2024 presented their final submissions for the Urban Design Project. Divided into groups of three to six students, these budding architects and urban planners were tasked with the challenge of redesigning five selected sites across various regions of Kurdistan, including Banaman, Shaqlawa, and Qermukyan.

The project aimed to address diverse challenges posed by each site, ranging from unique topographies to specific land uses and the preservation of the area’s cultural identity. Under the guidance and supervision of esteemed faculty members, including Ms. Seema Alfaris, Ms. Sanar Sardar, Mr. Shad Sherzad, Mr. Hawbir Omer, Mr. Dyako Rostam, and Ms. Wafa Wasfi, students delved into the intricacies of urban planning, employing innovative techniques and fresh perspectives to propose comprehensive solutions.

Utilizing cutting-edge presentation styles, the students showcased their designs through captivating animation videos and detailed portfolios, each team presenting a compelling storyline behind their projects. Throughout the semester, students meticulously honed their skills and explored various methodologies in class to meet the rigorous requirements of the project.

Commenting on the submissions, Ms. Seema Alfaris expressed her admiration for the students’ dedication and ingenuity, stating, “It’s truly inspiring to witness the passion and creativity displayed by our students in tackling the complex challenges of urban design. Their innovative solutions offer promising insights into the future of sustainable and community-oriented development in Kurdistan.”

Ms. Sanar Sardar emphasized the importance of such projects in fostering critical thinking and practical skills among students. “Urban design goes beyond aesthetics; it’s about creating environments that enhance the quality of life for residents while preserving the essence of each locality. These submissions reflect the students’ deep understanding of these principles.”

The final presentations received accolades from both faculty members and peers alike, highlighting the promising talent emerging from Kurdistan’s academic institutions. As the designs are set to be reviewed for potential implementation, the Urban Design Project stands as a testament to the transformative power of education in shaping the built environment and enriching communities.