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This paper aims at interrogating a number of assumptions that pertain to the dialectic relation between the urban center(s) and the peripheries of Doha as perceived and experienced by different groups. It offers a brief analytical, trans-disciplinary conceptualization of urban centers and peripheries and how they have been viewed in the literature by geographers, sociologists, and architects and urban designers (Boyer, 1996; Corniere, 1967; Law, 1988; Lynch and Appleyard, 1990; Prokop, 1967; Scranato, 2006; Silver 2006; Sim, 1982). An investigation of a number of key urban spaces is undertaken through the identification of key urban nodes that are believed to represent centers, peripheries, or emerging centers. Such spaces are identified based on parameters that include density, commercial activity, and public accessibility. The methodology adopted is multilayered and involves analytical description of these spaces in both typological and socio-cultural terms. Based on the notion that urban spaces can be perceived and experienced differently by different cultural groups (Foucault, 1967; Gosztonyi, 1976; Latour, 2005; Lefebvre, 1991; Smith 2005; Stroper, 2008), the methodology is expanded further to establish and implement two photographic based survey tools. In essence, the objective is to investigate the way in which the identified key urban spaces are perceived and experienced by different groups.
Results of implementing the survey tools corroborate the assumption that urban spaces in the city center and on the peripheries are perceived and experienced differently by different community groups based on their cultural backgrounds and socio-economic classes. They mean different things to different communities and thus used and utilized differently. The juxtaposition of the results with the understanding of urban centers and peripheries delineates their dynamic nature, invigorating the assumption that urban spaces in the center are not necessarily standing as unique entities. Conclusions, however, indicate that urban spaces on the peripheries are emerging to compete with those in the center. Implications on how future urban spaces in the city are recognized and used are established.
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2011|
|Event||Peripheries 2011, AHRA: International Conference of Architectural Humanities Research Association - Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom|
Duration: 27 Oct 2011 → 29 Oct 2011
|Conference||Peripheries 2011, AHRA: International Conference of Architectural Humanities Research Association|
|Period||27/10/11 → 29/10/11|
- urban center
- urban periphery
- multicultural society
- perceived space
- experienced space
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Architectural and urban research for an enhanced decision-making on urban dynamics of emerging cities
Ashraf Salama (Participant), Alain Thierstein (Participant) & Florian Wiedmann (Participant)
Impact: Impact - for External Portal › Environment and sustainability - natural world and built environment, Professional practice, training and standards, Quality of life and safety
- 1 Participation in conference
Ashraf Salama (Member of programme committee)27 Oct 2011 → 29 Oct 2011
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference