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Old February 12th, 2009, 02:06 PM   #1
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This is in connection with the Musheireb district demolition thread, which mentioned that demolition is to make way for a new project by Qatar Foundation.
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=761302
Here is a presentation of the project:

Qatar Foundation has formed in March 2008 a new real estate company known as Dohaland Company aimed at redeveloping the old urban centre of Doha into a mixed-used district inspired by traditional Arabic & Islamic architecture. The Heart of Doha Project is an ambitious project of urban renewal that covers approximately 35 hectares in the center of the city. By advocating simple design principles such as respect for topography and ecology, thoughtful adaptation of regional norms and environmental strategies, and promotion of contemporaneity rooted in heritage, the Heart of Doha aspires to regenerate the historic core of the city and to act as a stimulus for future wider city renaissance. Its ultimate objective, however, is to propose a new paradigm of architecture and planning for the cities of the Arabian Gulf.

Demolition of the old district is to start soon, since invitations to tender for excavation and piling have already been launched for the first phase of the project. Architects are Arup and Edaw, below are a couple of pics I found in a pdf, unfortunately no detailed render yet...

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Old February 12th, 2009, 04:17 PM   #2
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The second render is interesting, showing extensive parkland. I always thought that would end up being the case.
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Old February 12th, 2009, 05:41 PM   #3
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Its sad that they will be demolishing that area. We still need a cheap, dirty section of the city that would always be there. Now, everything will be brand new
The render doesnt look right. I dont know about it.
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do you know what, I was kind of wishing that from above, the design looked like a heart.
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Old March 6th, 2009, 12:52 AM   #5
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Its sad that they will be demolishing that area. We still need a cheap, dirty section of the city that would always be there. Now, everything will be brand new
The render doesnt look right. I dont know about it.
exactly.. its looks all artificial... all new.. there should be something for cheap too...
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Old March 7th, 2009, 04:05 AM   #7
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BUT !!!

They could have the aim of doing this in a sympathetic style, look at the Souk Waqif all brand new but done very well.

The area is pretty crummy, I have said before that I feel desperately sorry for the people living in the area as they will lose their homes. Progress does need to be made though. The souk area now is fantastic, I really hope they expand it out a bit knock down all the 70's shit they built and create a sympathetic sophisticated town centre.

If Doha lacks anything it really lacks a centre, this "heart" could well be the thing that gives Doha some soul. Fingers crossed
People who are "loosing their homes" are being relocated to Barwa village near Wakara. So, its a relocation of people--not kicking them out.
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Barwa village is already allocated. It remains to be seen exactly where these people will end up. I am sure the newspapers will tell us........Right ??
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i heard only the families/Qataris will get there place at Barwa Village
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Barwa village is already allocated. It remains to be seen exactly where these people will end up. I am sure the newspapers will tell us........Right ??
http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Dis...9022352538.xml
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Barwa village is already allocated. It remains to be seen exactly where these people will end up. I am sure the newspapers will tell us........Right ??
You confuse Barwa Housing Program (in Musaimeer and on the outskirts of Doha) and Barwa Village (near Wakra and under construction).
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By the way the website of the newly-created development company is under construction:
http://www.dohaland.com.qa/
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Lots of advertisments for that company on Alkass TV...
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Demolition ‘on hold’

The planned demolition of buildings in Doha’s Mohammad Bin Jassim area (Musheireb) may have been postponed until the year-end, sources have indicated.
While there is no official word on the schedule for razing the structures in the densely-populated area, residents and shopkeepers said they had been receiving intermittent notices from various authorities.
“We now believe the postponement is linked to the completion of the Barwa Village in Al Wakrah. We may be asked to move when that alternative is ready,” one Musheireb resident told Gulf Times yesterday.
A field survey was recently conducted in the area on behalf of Barwa in an attempt to determine which tenants and businesses will be moving to the under-construction residential-cum-commercial complex in Al Wakrah.
“When we asked the survey officials, some of them indicated that our units won’t be demolished until the Village is ready for occupation,” a business owner said yesterday.
The inhabitants of the area have been facing an uncertain future since 2006 - when the plan to clear the area was first initiated.
Gulf Times was told in December by a government agency the first phase of the demolition would start in January, after missing the earlier deadline of September 2008, which was pushed forward again, first to February, and then to March.
Barwa Real Estate estimated in November that there would be around 2,000 cases of displacement and they would be accommodated on preferential basis at the 450-apartment and 912-shop complex, 45% of which was reportedly complete as of last week of March.
“Work on the (400,000sq m, QR1.5bn) project is moving forward as planned. Some 45% of the work has been completed. It will be ready as originally announced in the first quarter of 2010,” Barwa Village project manager Eng Khalid al-Hitmi had said.
Some of the tenants in the Musheireb locality have been told by their landlords that they could continue to stay for “a few more months” and that the rent could be paid on a month-to-month basis. The landlords have been compensated for the loss of their premises.
“At the time of paying my rent on April 1, I asked the owner again about the date to vacate my two shops and he said the demolition might not take place before October,” another businessman dealing in hardware said.
Meanwhile, the 69 shopkeepers and tenants of the 77 apartments in the ‘Titanic’ complex of Muheireb continue to make monthly payments to the owner, though they were served with a notice to vacate the premises “in less than 20 days” by the Urban Planning & Development Authority (UPDA) in January. They have since been given subsequent extensions.
“My two-year contract with the owner of the Titanic property ended in March and since then, we both have agreed to keep it an open contract as neither is sure when the eventual eviction will take place,” one resident said.
The owner’s office claims they have not been compensated yet.
“But it’s still a very uncertain situation for businesses some of who have rented shops elsewhere in town and continue to pay rents for both the properties,” he added.
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They shouldn't mass demolish everything. They should start one building at a time in a controlled-orderly fashion!
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I couldnt agree more...
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Dohaland-MIT workshop discusses the evolution of a new architectural language for Qatar

Dohaland welcomed an eminent delegation of scholars and academicians from the world renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to Doha for a week-long visit including a two-day seminar looking at the future of architecture in Qatar.


Engineer Issa Al Mohannadi, Dohaland CEO.

The workshop, 'Complementary not Contrary: From the Local to the Global in Architecture', was jointly organised by Dohaland and the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, and led by Professor Nasser Rabbat.

Launched on March 3rd, Dohaland is quickly establishing itself by leading and encouraging new thinking about how development in the region could be different. Dohaland is developing an architectural and urban planning language that places a particular emphasis on local heritage and culture.

The workshop was part of the Dohaland knowledge-sharing exercise as it extends its support to educational institutions, encouraging an exchange and share program. The seminar put forth the company's distinctive approach to development in Qatar, adopting a new architectural language that will be suitable for the region.

Engineer Issa Al Mohannadi, Dohaland CEO said, 'We welcome the MIT students who chose to visit us here in Doha to discuss issues that are of mutual interest to Dohaland, and their work in the field. We hope the students find this visit useful to their career and gain from exposure to Dohaland research that rediscovers the DNA of building designs from the past, and incorporates it in the new architectural language set for Qatar and the region.'

Dr. Rabbat commented, 'What Dohaland seeks to do in Qatar is ambitious and laudable. By advocating simple design principles such as respect for topography and ecology, thoughtful adaptation of regional norms and environmental strategies, and promotion of contemporaneity rooted in heritage, Dohaland aspires to propose a new paradigm of architecture and planning for the cities of the Arabian Gulf.'

Dr. Rabbat holds a PhD from MIT, degrees in architecture from the University of Damascus and UCLA; and has worked as a designer in Damascus and Los Angeles. He is the co-editor of 'Making Cairo Medieval' (2005) and the author of 'The Citadel of Cairo: A New Interpretation of Mamluk Royal Architecture' (1995) and, in Arabic 'The Culture of Building and Building Culture: Essays and Articles on the Criticism and History of Architecture' 1985-2000 (2002).

Dr Rabbat and his team of students toured signature projects of Qatar Foundation, Dohaland, the Qatar University, as well as some top architectural firms and some major projects in the city. They also visited Souq Waqef, Museum of Islamic Art and Museum School, The Orientalist Museum, The Arab Museum for Modern Art, and Sheikh Faisal's Bin Qasim private museum in Shahaniyah.
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and how is this related to the project ? other than it being news about the company not the project.....
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For the time being the company is the project

This is on MIT website, small description of the project:

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This seminar seeks to establish a critical framework for the study of the Arabian Gulf cities and their quest for architectural identity and urban stability. The focus of the investigation will be the Heart of Doha Project in Doha, Qatar, an ambitious project of urban renewal that covers approximately 35 hectares in the center of the city. By advocating simple design principles such as respect for topography and ecology, thoughtful adaptation of regional norms and environmental strategies, and promotion of contemporaneity rooted in heritage, the Heart of Doha aspires to regenerate the historic core of the city and to act as a stimulus for future wider city renaissance. Its ultimate objective, however, is to propose a new paradigm of architecture and planning for the cities of the Arabian Gulf.
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They have run out of money
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