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Heritage and renewal in Doha

Melhuish, C and Campkin, B and Ross, R (Eds). (2014) Heritage and renewal in Doha. [Pamphlet]. Urban Pamphleteer: Vol.4. UCL Urban Laboratory: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This issue aims to open up a comparative discussion about the role of heritage in urban renewal in Doha — a city in the throes of rapid and substantial transformation as it re-positions itself in a global network of cosmopolitan urban centres. As such, it presents a rich opportunity for examining the ways in which discourses around physical and cultural heritage are shaping approaches to urban planning, environmental and social sustainability, and architectural preservation and renewal around the world. Our contributors represent different voices and interests within this debate, across the fields of professional, academic and artistic practice in Doha and London, as well as everyday lived experience of Doha. They explore the meanings and manifestations of Qatari heritage and identity at the local, urban and international scale; the roles played by different actors and stakeholders in their formation; and the tools — technical, aesthetic and conceptual — which bring them into being. To ground the discussion of heritage and the value systems through which it is produced we investigate current plans for reconstruction of the central historic area of Doha, notably the neighbourhood of Al-Asmakh. Our authors and artists have created a platform for reflection and dialogue on the way that heritage is conceptualised and materialised in this context. The case of Al-Asmakh is also a microcosm for us to reflect on questions of community and belonging in cosmopolitan global cities, and the place for ordinary homes and livelihoods in those settings. These are challenges that increasingly demand our attention if cities are to be preserved as sites of thriving, diverse patterns of living.

Type: Book
Title: Heritage and renewal in Doha
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab/research/urban-pamph...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2014. All content remains the property of Urban Pamphleteer’s authors, editors and image producers. In some cases, existing copyright holders have granted single use permissions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Built Environment Faculty Office
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1472349
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