A holistic approach towards a more livable public realm- a case study of Doha

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Doha, the capital of the state of Qatar is seeing a substantial urban change since 2005 and proceeds to the current day. The city will host the FIFA World Cup 2022. Thusly, various critical ventures and infrastructure works are being attempted and will proceed until the event’s dispatch. Therefore, and because of fast urbanization, globalization and a linear urban planning process that constrained Architects and Urbanists to disregard the significance of decency of urban spaces. Designers were mostly concentrating on the image of structures and the effect on the city image, disposing of the incorporation of the structure with the ground level. In West Bay of Doha, structures meet the ground level with security doors and parking areas that debilitate the buildings' approach and its connection with the street. The dispersion of land utilizes confounds the accessibility for individuals. Inadequate parking spots and unreliable public transportation worsen the traffic and lessen the quantity of visitors to the area and destroys the vitality of the street. At the point when governments consider livability factors in the legislative framework and planning process of the city, the impact on human well-being becomes significant. Cities from around the globe that have done so, succeeded in having a 24-hour bustling public realm, for example, San Francisco, Vancouver, Beijing, and some more. This research investigates livability, focusing on the West Bay of Doha as a case study. The study explores the implementation of livability principles through both urban legislation and the urban planning process for city making in the existing literature. It analyzes a series of case studies from Europe, North America, Asia and the Gulf that are considered to be best practices and cover all aspects of the research problem. Then, a comparative analysis to the case studies proposes best solutions and strategies for a more livable urban spaces. The study develops and proposes an approach that includes a legislative framework adopting livability principals within an integrated urban planning process using form-based codes and 3d visualizations which will eventually contribute to the human well-being and overall sustainability and welfare of Qatar.
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7: Shaping Liveable Places
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Qatar University
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