Due to current tendencies to replace deteriorating areas within central districts, many Gulf cities are facing the potential loss of very distinctive neighbourhoods, which have however not been recognised as important factors for a local urban identity. Instead, migrant networks and practices are often seen as less important in developing place-making strategies due to their limited economic impact. Thus, historic parts of Gulf cities are mainly explored for their potential role as touristic and commercial centres instead of integrating various measures to connect public spaces and to enable an overall local economic development. Subsequently, major developments have been launched to entirely replace old building stock and to reconfigure urban fabrics. The Souq Waqif or the Msheireb projects in Doha are only two examples of a tendency to commercialise spaces rather than to preserve spatial and economic ties between existing communities. This paper focuses on two specific districts, known as Al Asmakh in Doha and Al Muraba’a in Al Ain, in order to illustrate both the general characteristics of dynamics between traditional public spaces and low-income migrant communities, which have to be acknowledged for any attempt to integrate spatial and social diversity.
The outcomes reveal stimulating dynamics between migrant communities and their environments. It also postulates that city residents have the capacity to recover swiftly from difficulties and resilience in spite of an impeding spatial context. The paper concludes with projections of how contemporary transformation processes in Gulf cities will benefit from social inclusion. Such a transformation should stem from the recognition that migrant communities need to have access to develop their own settings that relate to their routine spatial practices while securing the economic basis of those communities.
|Number of pages||2|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Sep 2017|
|Event||Transcending Boundaries: Global Flows and Spatial Justice:: UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference - Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom|
Duration: 11 Sep 2017 → 13 Sep 2017
|Conference||Transcending Boundaries: Global Flows and Spatial Justice:|
|Period||11/09/17 → 13/09/17|
- socio-spatial practice
- migrant communities
- male labours
- historic centres
- Gulf cities
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