Dubai-based X-Architects and SMAQ have designed a 60-acre mixed-use township in Dubailand, an extension of the city of Dubai.

The urban scheme will be built taking into consideration the climate, landscape and environment of Dubai across a north-south axis to allow for a cool sea breeze and prevent hot desert winds.

Sustainable measures at the site include reducing energy demand by minimising solar gains, grey water recycling for irrigation, low-maintenance landscape, reuse of soil and waste-recycling facilities and roof top turbines.

The project will comprise tall Xeritown buildings to provide shade and photovoltaic panels on the walkways for pedestrians to absorb sun rays. The panels will also provide shade and generate low-voltage direct current electricity.

The township will house about 7,000 residents, several offices and related facilities in seven districts. The project is scheduled for completion in 2012.