Architecture and city-building in the Gulf region has a continuous, partly fabled history stretching back more than 7,000 years. In 2011, Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation, commissioned Harvard University to undertake a multi-year research study to establish a holistic framework by which to document, analyze and decipher the principles of urban sustainability among selected case-study cities in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Iran and Iraq.
The study framework was based upon three research topics: (1) Environment/Public Health, (2) Social/Cultural/Economic, and (3) Urban Form/Architecture. These research topics are to be studied at four ‘scales’: region, city, neighborhood and dwelling unit.
The Harvard Gulf Sustainable Urbanism Book has now been published. It is an impressive two-volume edition of 900 pages, sized 11”x17″, with nearly 1,000 illustrations and analytical diagrams with high-quality graphics. To honor the publication of this seminal book, Harvard University and Msheireb Properties will host a program of Virtual Panels, beginning with an initial introductory event on Wednesday 7th October, 2020.
Access the book volumes at the following links:
This launch included two virtual online ‘super-panels’ composed of leading experts, who will present the salient lessons gleaned from the past that can be relevant today, either directly or through careful interpretation.
Watch the recorded sessions at the GSU website.
Online Session on Wednesday October 7
Virtual Launch Gulf Sustainable Urbanism Book
Launching of the virtual version
The scope of the research
Significance of the research for the region
Online Session on Wednesday October 14
The historic environment, culture and economy of the region
The development of urbanism and public health of the region
Online Session on Wednesday October 21
The traditional neighbourhoods and architecture of the region
The study of the past informs a future sustainable urbanism in the Gulf