Revitalising Old Doha as place for learning

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You&me architecture win top prize for Qatar project which will see heritage led regeneration

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

Iris Papadatou and Alicja Borkowska were awarded $25,000 to develop their winning proposal for transforming two neighbourhoods of the Qatari capital which will then form the basis for a regeneration masterplan.

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Their plans were honed in a week-long design residency in Doha during which they teamed up with local practices to explore regeneration ideas and designs.

“The ambition is to create a walkable, sustainable and ethical place, which projects the valuable architectural heritage and memory of the existing fabric,” said Borkowska.

The brief for the competition – The Old Doha Prize – stated:  “How would you regenerate Doha’s old city centre – learning from and referencing the historic street pattern and built form, whilst investigating appropriate elements of contemporary Qatari design – to create a vibrant and economically sustainable piece of city designed on a human scale?” 

Papadatou and Borkowska said the neighbourhoods of Al Asmakh and Al Najada in Old Doha were reimagined as places for learning using a wooden carving to illustrate the way streets and buildings would be laid out. Papadatou said: “Varying education programmes are injected into the site, acting as attractors and catalysts for growth and regeneration on a local as well as a global scale.”

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