Sustainable urban qualities in the emerging city of Doha

Florian Wiedmann, Ashraf M. Salama, Velina Mirincheva

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Various urban qualities are required for sustainable urban development, which is a particular challenge in the case of emerging cities such as Qatar's capital, Doha. Therefore, this paper seeks to introduce a framework concerning how to investigate urban qualities and their production in space in order to clarify the challenges and limitations of planning for sustainability. The paper is based on analyses and evaluations of GIS data as well as a series of interviews with 10 planning experts at the Ministry of Municipalities and Urban Planning and a series of questionnaires received from 350 inhabitants. After introducing the basic framework as a model, the three dimensions of sustainability - ecological efficiency, economic growth and social equity - are analysed in relation to the urban qualities needed for producing them. In conclusion the general challenges in establishing sustainable urban development mechanisms in Doha are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-84
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Urbanism
Issue number1
Early online date10 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


  • Doha
  • emerging city
  • sustainability
  • urban planning
  • urban quality
  • urbanism


Investigating the Qualities of the Urban Environment in Emerging Regional Metropolises

Salama, A. & Thierstein, A.


Project: Projects from Previous Employment


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 PortalEnvironment and sustainability - natural world and built environment, Professional practice, training and standards, Quality of life and safety

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