Harvard University Graduate School of Design was the leader of this research project, which took place in 2011-2015, entitled Gulf Sustainable Urbanism (GSU). Scholars from Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq and Iran (in geographic order) contributed to the research. This holistic, multi-year, cross-disciplinary, cross-border study was sponsored by Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation, Qatar.
The focus of this first part of the research is the past of urbanism in the coastal region, aiming to propose a future sustainable urbanization, both environmentally and socio- economically. A study of urbanization patterns of the past was conducted for eight coastal cities and two associated hinterland cities in eight countries surrounding the Gulf. Urban and regional histories were summarized to understand the complex relationships that generated long-lasting urban forms and efficient building designs.
Pollalis, S.N. & N. Ardalan, (2019). Gulf Sustainable Urbanism: The Past (1st ed., Vol. 2). Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press. ISBN 9789927118968
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