Monday, January 4, 2010

SAM St. - Adjacent Peripheral Plots...

Two open areas, currently used as parking lots (but why not one day as, say, a place for a Organic Farmer's Market, or Second-hand Furniture Market - places that lend themselves for strolling, something this proposal aims to encourage...


A few additional panoramas of some of the plots adjacent to SAM (Salem Al-Mubarbak) Street, which introduce their own challenges and potentials to the development of the area. SAM St. and its surroundings contain so many interesting and unique qualities which are difficult to find elsewhere in Kuwait. As a district it still, even after some extended demolishing, a distinct character of its own that, as it stands, is hanging by a thread - if too much additional demolishing is done a threshold will at some stage be breached beyond which what this neighbourhood still currently is, will inevitably be lost...

The musings on this blog about SAM Street are an attempt to understand what makes this area so special, and an initial shot at proposing how what it has could be developed to accommodate a viable future...

The included panoramas start at the Eastern end of the proposed pedestrianized zone and move westward, towards the 4th Ring Road. The parking lot at the western end (by the large ad billboards) hasn't been included as I forgot to photograph it properly...

Please click on the images to enlarge them...


The demolished back lot behind the Educational Book-store...


Above and below - Two views of the demolished open area - one looking from, the other towards, SAM street - located roughly halfway down the proposed stretch of the SAM Street pedestrianized zone...




The paved central square between this stretch of the street's two U-turns...

2 comments:

Zaydoun said...

Is any of this being shared with the powers that be? Even casually?

Thomas said...

No, at least not yet... It's still very much in the analysis and research stage and, even though there are solid design elements being in development whilst the research is progressing, these haven't really been put forth yet. Hopefully in the not too distant future I'll be able to move to 'Phase Two' and begin making more concrete suggestions based on some of the previous posts, particularly the first one on SAM Street, are proposing...

But, to answer your question is, no, as of yet we haven't approached anyone in the more elevated echelons of decision making. But soonish it would be nice to do so, or even just begin debating related issue in the printed press, amongst a hopefully wider Kuwaiti based/ related audience... Who knowns, it might even catalyze some related actions/ interventions...