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The delivery of more sustainable urban form in Abu Dhabi: An evaluation framework
Currently, Rafik is undertaking PhD research with the School of the Built Environment. His research focuses on: The delivery of more sustainable urban form in Abu Dhabi city: An evaluation framework. The overall aim of the research is to develop an evaluation framework for assessing the sustainability of a given urban form through identifying the key relationships between the physical elements of built environment, different characters of sustainability and culturally specific urban form values that influence decision making process, using Abu Dhabi as a case study city, and suggests a locality specific approach to understanding and appreciating the totality of the system in a way that that can aid and contribute to the evaluation of the sustainability of the current and future built form of Abu Dhabi.
He Studied MSc International Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, and earlier BSc of Architecture and Urban Planning at Ain Shams University in Cairo. This has broadened his appreciation of planning and urban theory and strengthened his skills to engage in critical and creative problem solving that extends beyond regulatory considerations, and instead embraces wider social, economic, environmental and political concerns.
Rafik is a licentiate town planner urban designer and architect with 15 years of experience gathered working on projects around the world – from the urban regeneration of town centre in Swansea, Wales, to the development of a master plan for an expansion to Chelyabinsk, Russia, to house 200,000 people. His continuous passion is integrating the usually discrete stages of project development from inception through to delivery - ensuring that from the outset the aim and goals of the project are clear, it is thoughtfully conceived, and elegantly realized.