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Anything but Pedestrian


Yesterday on 5th ring, we saw the beginnings of the new pedestrian overpasses, which are anything but pedestrian in their design.

Look at that! Not only do they honor the architectural element of the wind tower tradition in Kuwait, but they will also allow pedestrians to cross safely to the other side. For all the derision we heap on highway planners here, they deserve a big pat on the back for these.

From Wikipedia on Windcatchers: A Wind Tower (Persian: badgir, Arabic: “barjeel” or badghir(from Persian)) is a structure seen on ancient buildings of the Middle East, particularly Iran and Bahrain. This acted like a natural air conditioner creating a soothing effect in the harsh conditions of the desert.

March 22, 2008 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Building, Bureaucracy, Community, Cultural, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions


  1. Hope it finishes fast! They tend to be quite slow!

    Comment by Olórin | March 22, 2008 | Reply

  2. hahahaha, you think people would actually use it? don;’t you see the hoard of sheep (people) who run on highways all day?

    Comment by Purgatory | March 22, 2008 | Reply

  3. Olorin – I am surprised at how fast they got these up – and 5th ring is starting to show signs of improvement!

    Oh Purg, so cynical! And yes, you are also *sigh* probably right. When I see people speeding and not using seatbelts, not even for their little children, sometimes I border on cynicism myself. *sigh*

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 23, 2008 | Reply

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    Comment by lara cheryl | March 24, 2008 | Reply

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    Comment by intlxpatr | March 24, 2008 | Reply

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