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Urban Design Lab (UD Lab)

Effat Urban Laboratory is a cross-disciplinary center for critical and creative urban thinking, teaching, research and practice based at Effat College of Architecture and Design- Effat University, Jeddah. It is an initiative bringing together the best urban teaching, research, and lab activities at Effat build on the full spectrum of work across the Urban Design, Urban Planning and Urban Management.

UD Lab Research Interest

Smart Cities

  1. Urban resiliency
  2. City planning
  3. Landscape

Urban Development and Regeneration

  1. Urban regeneration
  2. Risk management

Urban Heritage Conservation

  1. Green loss effect
  2. Climate change

UD Lab Research Lead

Dr. Tarek Ragab

Research Team

  • Dr. Mervat El-Shafie (ARCH Dept.)
  • Dr. Kholoud Moumani (ARCH Dept.)
  • Dr. Abdel-Moniem El-Shorbagy (ARCH Dept.)
  • Dr. Aida Nayer (ARCH Dept.)
  • Dr. Ahmed Refaat (ARCH Dept.)
  • Dr. Alshimaa AlSayed (ARCH Dept.)
  • Dr. Deborah Middleton (DESN Dept.)

UD Lab Vision

Effat-Urban Lab is a vibrant center and a corner-stone in supporting the Saudi  government to meet cities' problems, producing internationally recognized  quality urban research, effectively contributing to the career development of the  Saudi urban professionals, and supporting the business and economic sectors of  urban development and real estate of the Kingdom.

UD Lab Mission

Effat Urban Lab supports activities that are critical, creative, independent and interdisciplinary in relation to urban design and planning specialty. It shares the knowledge work produces widely, with diverse students, stakeholders, experts, and urban managers through research, training, education, and consultancy.

UD Lab Goal

Contribute to the urbanization of future cities and communities I KSA.

Objectives, Expected Impact, and Value to the Kingdom vision 2030

Effat urban lab work revolves around three major objectives:

  1. The production of individual, collaborative, funded and non-funded quality   urban design  and planning research through  the provision of the state-of-the-art technical and human resources.
  2. Enabling Effat intensive engagement in community collaborations through training, specially-designed  education programs and carrier development for concerned community members and institutions.
  3. Providing urban related consultations. Providing urban planning-design consultancies for individual, local and national institutions and bodies.
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