work /
Business Bay
landscape architecture
urban design

Design and documentation of public spaces around Business Bay, Dubai.

context /

SWA Group - 2013

team /

Natasha Beard - Project Lead

Scott Liang - Environments Design, Documentation

Luxigon - Renderings

At SWA Group, I was part of a team that designed and documented a proposal for Business Bay, a massive redevelopment project in Dubai, UAE.

Aerial of the site (roughly 2.5 miles from end to end)

Scope of the intervention

Street elements designed for Business Bay (rendering provided by Luxigon)

Street elements designed for Business Bay (renderings provided by Luxigon)
Cross-section of the east end

Cross-section (transverse) of the east end

East end at night (rendering provided by Luxigon)

Parkscape designed by SWA (rendering provided by Luxigon)


I then moved on to high-fidelity prototypes. I'd normally create low-fi interactive wireframes to test usability before this stage, but had to skip it due to time constraints. Nevertheless, here's a fleshed-out prototype for you to click through:

Below are the key screens for Khan Academy 2.0. The first three depict quality of life improvements for the Bookmarks, Course Contents, and Explore views. Notice how the tab bar has been reorganized and how Search has been moved to the Explore view.

Bookmarks, Course contents, and Explore

The next three screens depict a revamped Lessons view. Lessons now fly up from the bottom when the Resume button or Course list items are tapped. Under the About segemented control is a horizontal Course progression bar (I found this to be more useful than a list of video thumbnails, which are usually vague black rectangles, anyways). And underneath that is the transcript, which can be scrolled and tapped through with your thumb to navigate the video. The brand new Discussions segmented control provides Q&A functionality that is presently only available on the Khan Academy website.

The revamped Lessons view

Lastly, the following three screens depict a brand new Discussions view (for easy access to your questions and answers) and a tweaked Profile view. The added Streak element is well-suited for the short, spurt usage that Khan Academy 2.0 is redesigned to accommodate.

The new Discussions view and tweaked Profile

To view the interactive prototype, click here. I also translated it to Chinese here, but quickly realized its inadequacies due to how dramatically more information-dense written Chinese is.

Feedback Welcome!

That's all I could get done within the time allotment. But boy, was it a fun an enlightening experience. If you have any ideas or feedback, please feel free to reach out at I'd absolutely love to hear from you :). Cheers!