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Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4764; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124764

Smart Technology Impact on Neighborhood Form for a Sustainable Doha

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Division of Sustainable Development, College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Education City, Doha, Qatar
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Sustainability, Qatar Green Building Council, Qatar Foundation, Education City, Doha, Qatar
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Received: 1 November 2018 / Revised: 5 December 2018 / Accepted: 10 December 2018 / Published: 13 December 2018
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This study focuses on the significance of neighborhoods in a city as the smallest self-sufficient urban units akin to nuclear families in the larger society. Thus, improvements to the neighborhood form can improve livability, maximize walkability, and better the overall life quality of city inhabitants, which, in turn, advance a city’s overall environmental and social sustainability profile. The physical form (arrangement) and density of neighborhoods are primarily shaped by land ownership regulations, transportation, and communication means. The development of smart technology, especially in the fields of transportation and communication, has led to the reconsideration of some of sustainable urban form concepts such as neighborhoods. Low-density cities like Doha, Qatar can become both sustainable and livable, creating the basis for a sustainable city. First, this paper presents a critical review of Doha’s neighborhoods and advanced transport and communication technologies, in addition to the integration of these technologies with the physical form of neighborhoods. Then, the paper discusses the influences of such technologies on the future sustainability of the city of Doha and its neighborhoods. This investigation is based on a Delphi study to address the characteristics of a neighborhood and to identify two paradigms of ‘good’ design practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart transportation; sustainable neighborhoods; sustainable cities; urban form smart transportation; sustainable neighborhoods; sustainable cities; urban form
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Al-Thani, S.K.; Skelhorn, C.P.; Amato, A.; Koc, M.; Al-Ghamdi, S.G. Smart Technology Impact on Neighborhood Form for a Sustainable Doha. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4764.

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