Urban Design & Planning

Our design and planning work at ZAS is firmly rooted in a belief that each building, neighbourhood, precinct is a critical part of the urban fabric and effective city building.

Working for public and private sector clients, we shape and enhance urban places of all scales through strategic actions, holistic design and progressive policies that build on these synergies. At the core of our practice is a deep commitment to improving the lives of people at every level of society. We have been recognized as leaders in this field, having earned multiple awards demonstrating excellence in urban place making and master planning. Our work strives to achieve consensus-driven solutions that are visionary, supportive and achievable.

River City Neighbourhood Development
Toronto, Canada

Designed in collaboration with Saucier + Perrotte Architectes, the development of this new residential neighbourhood in the West Don Lands precinct of Toronto marks a significant initiative within the City.  As the first new waterfront neighbourhood, our...

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City Hall & Civic Centre Master Plan
Vaughan, Canada

The City’s initiative to replace its existing municipal offices resulted in a North American based design competition to develop a new civic centre on the existing site.  As a design competition finalist, our concept design was based on a master plan...

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Tajoura City Master Plan
Tripoli, Libya

Tajoura is a city in the Tripoli District of Libya, located on the Mediterranean coast just east of the capital city Tripoli.  In creating a new master plan for the city, a series of precincts were identified for sequential development including Tajoura...

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Al Ain Hilton Hotel Master Plan
Al Ain, UAE

In the harsh environment of the desert, it is water that sustains life, just as it has done for thousands of years in places such as Al Ain.  Al Ain is often called the 'Garden City of The Gulf' given the many oases, parks, tree-lined avenues and decorative...

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Dubai Promenade Marina and Beach Towers
Dubai, UAE

Located at the entrance to the remarkable Dubai Marina, this exceptional Promenade site epitomizes the progressive development changes that are occurring along Dubai’s waterfront.  In an effort to attract outstanding design talent from around the world, an...

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Hai Al Arab – Sustainable Community
Dubai, UAE

In contrast to many of Dubai’s individual, inward-looking developments, ‘Hai Al Arab’ is fundamentally based on a mix of land use and compact urban form, bringing diversity and vibrancy as a sustainable community development model. Today’s sustainable...

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“The Source” – Al Ain Sports City Precinct
Al Ain, UAE

Deriving it’s inspiration from local symbolism and the geology that characterizes this Garden City, our competition winning design for this unique sports centered mixed use precinct would distinguish “The Source” at Al Ain as a sporting destination that...

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Leaf Island Resort, Island G21, The World
Dubai, UAE

This 17 acre artificial island known as G21 is part of the “World” development, an ambitious land reclamation project that is creating 300 islands in the shape of the world's continents off the coast of Dubai.  The World offers investors an unprecedented...

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