Mega-events and urban planning: Doha as a case study

Azzali, Simona (2017) Mega-events and urban planning: Doha as a case study. Urban Design International, 22 (1). pp. 3-12.

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Hosting mega-events can not only catalyse urban development, but also lead to an improvement of local planning systems and building planning capacity. Events can create knowledge transfer from one city to another, and be used as tools for experimenting new prototypes and urban templates but on a smaller scale. Within this context, this research aims at identifying strategies for leveraging mega-events to improve local planning capacity. Relevant best practices in the use of events as planning enhancers are derived from the literature, and then applied to a case study, the city of Doha. In fact, the capital of Qatar has all the characteristics for benefiting from events. Firstly, it is a city that has already and will host in the imminent future many international events. Secondly, Doha is managing with difficulties its rapid urban development, and needs to improve its planning system. Results show there is a potential for benefiting from events in two ways: they can assist knowledge transfer from international consultancy to local agencies, and vice versa. In addition, events can act as the glue for overcoming the fragmentation of Doha’s planning system, by facilitating the implementation of 2030 Qatar National Vision, the country’s comprehensive blueprint.

Item ID: 54613
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1468-4519
Keywords: Doha; Gulf region; mega-events; urban policy; urban planning
Funders: Qatar National Research Fund
Projects and Grants: GSRA grant # GSRA1-1-1119-13007
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2018 01:06
FoR Codes: 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330411 Urban design @ 25%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440714 Urban policy @ 50%
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330410 Urban analysis and development @ 25%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8701 Construction Planning > 870105 Urban Planning @ 100%
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