Education at heart of Old Doha Prize winning entry

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A competition to design a heritage based regeneration plan for Doha has been won by UK- based you&me architecture.

Iris Papadatou and Alicja Borkowska were awarded £15,000 to develop their winning proposal for transforming an historic area of the Qatari capital.

Their plans were honed in a week-long design residency in Doha during which they teamed up with local practices to explore regeneration ideas Their designs were developed in collaboration with Qatari architects Fatima Fawzzy and Alaa Larri.

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The Old Doha Prize competition was organised by the British Council in association with bodies including RIBA, the Doha Architecture Centre and Msheireb Properties.

Papadatou and Borkowska reimagined the neighbourhoods of Al Asmakh and Al Najada as places for learning with various education programmes at the site to attract growth and regeneration.

The pair said they drew inspiration from the Qatari traditions, using courtyards as places of learning and one submission included carving the buildings in wood to create a 3d image of the area and its streets.

Phase one of their proposal included joining the site to the city’s heritage trail as well as building temporary housing for blue collar workers currently living in poor conditions.

Their designs were developed in collaboration with Qatari architects Fatima Fawzzy and Alaa Larri.

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