The role of mega-events in urban planning. Examples from the Gulf Region

Azzali, Simona (2016) The role of mega-events in urban planning. Examples from the Gulf Region. In: [Presented at the Qatar University Annual Research Forum]. From: QUARF 16: Qatar University Annual Research Forum, 3 May 2016, Doha, Qatar.

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Hosting mega-­events can 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 benefitting 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 benefitting 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: 54640
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
Keywords: Doha, urban planning, sustainable legacies, mega events
Funders: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
Projects and Grants: QNRF GSRA1-1-1119-13007
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 02:49
FoR Codes: 12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120508 Urban Design @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160514 Urban Policy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8701 Construction Planning > 870105 Urban Planning @ 100%
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