Expo City, the designated venue for COP28 in Dubai, exemplifies the UAE’s pioneering efforts in sustainable construction.

Marked by cutting-edge technologies, climate-responsive designs, and the use of eco-friendly materials, Expo City is not only reducing carbon footprints but also prioritizing people-centric outcomes without compromising environmental responsibility.

Leading architects, including Prasoon Shrivastava, founder of Prasoon Design Studio and the AI-driven project management platform Zepth, see Expo City as a preview of the future shaped by the UAE.

Shrivastava emphasizes that sustainable designs in the UAE aim to reintroduce a lost human element to cities while future-proofing them against evolving environmental risks.

Architects and decision-makers increasingly agree on the importance of people-centric, pedestrian-friendly cities.

The shift towards regenerative architecture, fostering ecosystems within built environments, is evident in projects like “The Line,” where mixed-use spaces and vertical cities reduce commutes and traffic congestion, achieving sustainability on multiple fronts.

Historically, sustainable architectural goals faced criticism due to the construction industry’s significant carbon footprint and waste generation.

However, the emergence of Construction Technologies (ConTech), especially in the context of AI, is changing the landscape.

Shrivastava believes that technology, particularly AI, is crucial for achieving sustainable construction and design.

Integrating a common data platform with AI algorithms enables construction teams to collaborate intelligently, conduct efficient site inspections, go paperless, and minimize the environmental impact throughout the project life cycle.

Zepth’s AI-based construction risk manager analyzes project information in real-time, providing teams with alerts on potential issues related to material quality, inventory delays, and labor shortages.

This proactive approach leads to higher efficiencies, reduced wastage, optimized costs, and fewer delays.

Shrivastava underscores the importance of ethical considerations in AI-based outcomes, emphasizing the need for refined data sets, robust data governance, continuous AI system audits, and education on AI ethics.

The UAE’s market readiness for sustainable construction is evident in the timely emergence of enterprise solutions.

The economic, social, and environmental return on investment in sustainable construction is becoming increasingly apparent, incentivizing stakeholders to embrace these practices.

Architects like Shrivastava envision a legacy of vertical cities that harmonize with nature, growing communities that thrive without the constant worry of climatic and environmental risks.


Last Updated: 12 December 2023