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Al Asmakh Regeneration

This Regeneration Framework demonstrates how the historic quarters of Doha, Asmakh and Najada, could become Qatar’s exemplar for ‘heritage-led regeneration’.  In the majority of successful cities around the World, the older, once run-down areas of the city become highly sought after places. This project demonstrates that the same could be true for Doha. Older areas are the roots of the city: the place from where it began to grow. The design sets a direction for continuing that process of evolution: rooted firmly in the Past whilst looking confidently into the Future. Development in this way would benefit both the local and wider tourism economy.

 

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The central spine of Al Asmakh is ‘Triple-A Street’ – set to become one of Doha’s most popular urban spaces.

Each urban block is a patchwork of old and new. The old is like ‘urban spice’ adding flavour to the character of the neighbourhood

Gradually, Doha’s architectural vernacular transforms into a new language of buildings, and spaces between buildings: Qatari Contemporary.

Low-grade apartment blocks are transformed, over time, into fine places to live and good-looking pieces of the street-scape. Meanwhile old courtyard houses are renewed and re-inhabited by young urban families; pleased to find a home in the heart of the city.

‘Triple-A Street’ is traffic calmed, with a linear carpark below and paving, trees and benches above, like Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Existing buildings and retail units are renewed and updated; setting a new direction for urban regeneration in Doha.

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