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Public Realm Strategy – Abu Dhabi Island / Mainland and Al Ain

IBI Group, in association with Peter J. Smith Associates, was retained by the Urban Planning Council, Abu Dhabi to develop the Public Realm Design Manual (PRDM). The PRDM is an essential, Emirate-wide planning tool that takes a comprehensive approach to help build world-class communities and a public realm that meets the needs of the people of Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council
Abu Dhabi, UAE

The PRDM is an essential, Emirate-wide planning tool that takes a comprehensive approach to help build world-class communities and a public realm that meets the needs of the people of Abu Dhabi. The PRDM was organized into four categories: parks, streetscapes, coastal areas and public places. The guidelines are focused on creating diverse public parks and civic spaces; an interconnected system of public walkways; bicycle trails and public transit; a vibrant and active waterfront; and active mixed-use areas enhanced through high-quality architecture, streetscape design and public art.

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Honorable Mention


Urban Design,
By Canadian Institute of Planners

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Excellence Award

By International Society of City and Regional Planners

Trevor McIntyre

Global Director - Placemaking + International
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON
We have passed the point where half of the world's population is living in cities. If we as planners and designers want to continue to fight urban sprawl, then we need to focus on maintaining a high quality of green infrastructure in our cities and in particular around transit. The public realm, including parks, streets, shared streets and public plazas need to be designed to maximize the human experience. How we animate those spaces, and manage them with a mix of good design and technology will dictate the quality of life in our future cities.

Trevor McIntyre is Global Director, Placemaking & International. He is responsible for International operational results, including financial performance, professional and technical excellence, staff motivation and development, and client satisfaction. He is a Landscape Architect and member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture and the American Society of Landscape Architecture.

Trevor has been a leading planner, landscape architect, and urban designer for more than 20 years, with projects in Canada, USA, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. He leads the Toronto IBI Group design practice in community planning and design, master planning, and landscape architecture. He has a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph.

Ashish Ghate

Director | Sr. Practice Lead, Urban Design / Planning
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

With a background in Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, Ashish Ghate brings a keen eye for good urban form and the complexities of city building to his role as a project manager and urban designer/planner. Ashish has worked on a variety of master planning and site planning projects based in North, Central and South America, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and India.

His experience includes all aspects of project development and spans multiple scales ranging from regional plans, master plans, transit-oriented-design, streetscape master plans, urban intensification projects and guidelines focusing on policy as well as detailed design standards. Ashish’s impressive portfolio includes a number projects focused on the importance of urban design and the balance between functional and aesthetic concerns of a project. Whereas his architectural background brings a solid building typology and infrastructure knowledge base to his work.