For the fourth edition of Urban Commissions, designers proposed a 'Water Feature' for the city that is synonymous with water. The winning design was announced during Dubai Design Week.

Supported by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and Dubai Design District (d3), Urban Commissions is a Dubai Design Week initiative that presents an annual opportunity for designers living in the UAE to produce an urban furniture product, unveiled at Dubai Design Week and installed permanently at d3.

Khalid Al Tamimi, designer of the winning proposal, was congratulated byHis Excellency Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority,and Mohammad Saeed Al Shehhi,CEO of Dubai Design District (d3) during the official opening of Dubai Design Week. Selected from a shortlist of three diverse proposals, the winning project ‘Fayyd’, which means overflow in Arabic, took inspiration from the traditional Japanese device “Shishi Odoishi”, bamboo fountains, whilst encompassing elements of the city of Dubai, including the colours and geometries of the skyline at night. The installation can be found between building 2 & 3 in Dubai Design District (d3).

Graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Architecture from the American University of Sharjah, Khalid Al-Tamimi is a Dubai-based Jordanian designer. Driven by his passion for architecture and design, he won multiple awards including the Christo and Jeanne Claude award for his team project “Silk Road” and the Omrania CSBE Student Award for architectural Designs for his team project “Almost Natural: An Architecture of Preservation”. As an avid traveller, he finds inspiration in the architecture, art and food of other cultures and their various means of self-expression. Khalid is currently practising with CallisonRTKL.

Since its launch in 2014, Urban Commissions has received over 400 submissions from more than 30 nationalities, both by individuals and collaborating groups at varied stages of their design careers. The inaugural winning commission was IDO bench designed by architect Anna Szonyi; the winner of the second edition of the competition 2.0 was Hinjal Kumar for her design of hybrid shelter x bicycle storage named ‘bike d3’. The third edition 3.0 winner was SUPERFUTUREDESIGN* for their Communal Table MuTable. All completed Urban Commissions project are now installed in d3.

Find out more about the Urban Commissions initiative here.