Refurbishment Model for Qatari Neighborhoods

Soud K. Al-Thani


Present a model that remedies root causes of sustainability and livability issues as they are not tackled
in Qatar’s current urban development plans with relation to the most basic unit of urbanism: the
neighborhood. The developed model presents modifications to Al-Markhiya in short-, medium-, and
long-term implementation phases that include typical characteristics applicable to any Doha
neighborhood so that they could be easily adopted by municipalities as well as local communities.
Developed model received favorable feedback when presented to a group of environmental and urban
planning experts at the frontlines of developing and updating Qatar National Master Plan and details
of urban planning regulations to poll their views on its applicability for greater. This study is expected
to influence decision makers in Qatar to pay the required attention to the enhancement of
neighborhood sustainability and livability. This model may be the stepping stone to future strategies
and plans of refurbishment as the next national goal post the World Cup to be hosted in 2022.

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