A Blend of Magnificent Sustainable Architectural Design: An Overview of the King Abdullah Financial District; Potentials and Challenges; Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  •  Maad Abdulrazzak Hassan    
  •  Ibrahim Aljutaily    
  •  Mohamad Alhulaibi    


The research paper explores the impact of the construction of mega architectural projects on the surrounding area. The King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), a magnificent and sustainable architectural masterpiece that consists of the largest cluster of high-rise buildings constructed in Saudi Arabia, with total of about 83 buildings that vary in heights and functions. The paper points out an overview of the KAFD project’s and will elaborate on the potentials and future challenges on the surrounding transportation system and the social context. numerous visits to the project site, aerial and current project images, provided insight into three anticipated challenges of the project; mainly the anticipated traffic that will generate on the surrounding transportation system, accesses that may improve the anticipated traffic congestion on the surrounding system and the impact of the project on the social context. The research paper has concluded that the KAFD project will impact the surrounding highway corridors and has developed several alternative solutions to mitigate the adverse impact of the project to further improve the local transportation system. The researchers also believe that this megaproject has a great potential of providing significant benefits to the public. The researchers strongly support this magnificent architectural masterpiece will certainly benefit the local and national economy. The researchers referred to other enhancements that may include continued improvements of the project area signage and bikeways (where appropriate) to encourage pedestrians and help reduce anticipated traffic.

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