Examining attributes of urban open spaces in Doha

Salama, Ashraf, and Azzali, Simona (2015) Examining attributes of urban open spaces in Doha. Urban Design and Planning, 168 (DP2). pp. 75-87.

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Abstract

With intensive emerging and transforming urban spaces and centres, the city of Doha is experiencing continual rapid growth. However, minor attention has been paid to important growth aspects. This paper examines functional, social and perceptual attributes of three urban open spaces in the city by developing and implementing a walking tour assessment procedure composed of checklists and a scoring system. Results reveal important outcomes including the absence of landscape features and a dearth of green spaces or appropriate outdoor furniture, the absence of adequate shaded areas and shading devices and parasols and a lack of children's facilities or a specially designated area for children among other missing elements. These represent shortcomings that impede the maximum efficient and effective utilisation of such spaces. The paper suggests that opportunities to concretise and fulfil people's needs in open spaces should be underscored by urban planners, architects and policy-makers in a multicultural rapidly growing city.

Item ID: 54623
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1755-0807
Keywords: public health; social impact; sustainability
Funders: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
Projects and Grants: QNRF/NPRP 09-1083-6-023
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2019 23:26
FoR Codes: 12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120508 Urban Design @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies @ 50%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8701 Construction Planning > 870105 Urban Planning @ 100%
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