The task of building an entire city from scratch isn’t novel in Dubai — it seems there’s a new city announcement every half year or so. Xeritown is one of the latest that I’ve learned about and it’s planned for Dubailand. The idea behind the 60-acre city is that it will be designed to accommodate the elements of the desert rather than overcome them. The form of the city follows a north-south axis to take advantage of the cool breeze coming in from the sea. The buildings, rather than artificial and water intense landscaping, provide shading and structure.