Qatar favours modernity over tradition in design, conference told


Qatar is becoming a laboratory for architectural experiments at the expense of traditional design a conference in the country has been told.

The event at Hamad Bin Khalifa University Student Centre in Education City titled ‘Can sustainable experimental architecture with respect for cultural heritage exist?’ aimed at assessing Doha’s current transformation.

Architects and sustainability experts discussed how best to keep Qatar’s culture, traditions and values alive when planning major architectural projects.

They agreed that identifying a cohesive, balanced approach to urban planning is of prime importance when keeping up with the changing face of global architectural trends.

Dr Yasser Mahgoub, of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering, Qatar University, said: “Qatar is becoming a ‘laboratory’ for architectural experiments that lack theoretical scientific guidance.

“New projects are replacing invaluable traditional environments at a rapid pace. The process can be slowed down by increasing awareness and facilitating public participation in urban and architectural decision making.

“Architecture is the mirror of society. Architectural identity should not be imposed on people and buildings.”