09 Jun '12, 1pm

Riyadh's Dumping Ground Becomes a Desert Oasis

Riyadh's Dumping Ground Becomes a Desert Oasis

© Aga Khan Award for Architecture / Arriyadh Development Authority . The restored Wadi Hanifah. A public-health hazard has become "a place to breathe" in crowded Riyadh, where a decade-long restoration project has transformed a rubbish dump into a vast desert oasis. The once fertile and scenic Wadi Hanifah suffered dramatically as the Saudi capital expanded rapidly. The city used the river valley "as a throughway for utility lines and a dumping ground for construction waste" as well as industrial effluent and "discharge from the city's overcapacity sewage treatment plant," according to an article last year in Canadian Architect magazine. Full Of Debris When the Arriyadh Development Authority began working to restore the valley, the first step was "removing 1.5 million cubic meters of debris ranging from construction waste to dead animals," according to the Mideast environm...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/riyadh-dumping-gro...

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