Symbiotic Design to transform of Doha



When cities grow, part of their building stock and urban land-use become obsolete, bringing on opportunities to regenerate the city. In the case of Doha, this is especially important. The urban sprawl during the oil boom led to a scattered, low-density, urban landscape, caused by the prevalence of suburban typologies and a large percentage of un-built land.

The main objective is to study the relationship between built and green areas and propose an urban framework for city regeneration. The new urban framework will be based on the symbiotic relationship between built and green areas:

1. Vegetation generates better urban climate conditions, gives path to a healthier community, as well as a more productive people, enjoy biodiversity, etc.
2. Buildings provide green areas with recycled water, compost (waste recycled), wind protection, need for green areas.

The model generates a pattern of scaled and interrelated green modules, the characteristics of which should be studied in order to maintain the balance within the new built ecosystem. This will result in a new approach to urban planning from an interdisciplinary point of view, focusing on: morphology, botany composition, bio-complexity, ecosystem services, and promotion of biodiversity within the city.




– Qatar University. School of Architecture

– Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology

– Chair of Meteorology and Climatology of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

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