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Urban Regeneration and the Search for Identity in Historic Cities

Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering, Qatar University, P.O. Box 2713, Doha 999043, Qatar
Sustainability 2018, 10(1), 48;
Received: 3 September 2017 / Revised: 7 December 2017 / Accepted: 14 December 2017 / Published: 26 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cultural Heritage Conservation and Sustainability)
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In the face of rapid economic development, population growth, people increasing needs and changing lifestyles, most historic centers in the Gulf have experienced problems in making the necessary adjustment and adaptation to the present needs and changes. This paper examines the role of urban regeneration in revitalizing redundant historic areas and how they can be used to reinforce their cities urban identities. This study is based on the case study approach by focusing on the urban regeneration of Msheireb in old Doha, Qatar. Since the project is not yet completed, this paper will focus on the physical aspects of urban identity rather than its social dimensions. The empirical investigation used a comprehensive fieldwork undertaken through several site visits. This paper argues that one way of rediscovering the urban identity of the city of Doha is to go back to its first roots and try to sustain them in face of the emerging global environments. Through the Msheireb urban regeneration project, this paper explores a new experience in Qatar and the Gulf in creating a new urban identity inspired from the past. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban identity; urban regeneration; sustainability; historic centers; Msheireb urban identity; urban regeneration; sustainability; historic centers; Msheireb

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