Sunday, November 28

Reflecting the past and keeping pace with the future.. A Qatari project to transform old neighborhoods into integrated modern cities

Reflecting the traditions and culture of the past and meeting the needs of today and achieving the vision of tomorrow.. Specifications included in a research presentation to transform the old Furjan (residential neighborhoods) into modern Furjan and developed and integrated cities, on the sidelines of the 57th Conference of the International Association of City and Region Planners (ISOCARP) currently being held in Doha.

The presentation presented by Qatari engineer Ibrahim Al-Jaida aims to create an integrated modern Furjan that blends modernity and traditions derived from ancient customs and culture, and has a modern and sophisticated character that is reflected in the facilities and infrastructure.

The show constitutes a shining model that embraces the spirit of innovation that the State of Qatar seeks to achieve, in order to achieve a higher goal of upgrading the lifestyle and ensuring the continued development of Qatari heritage and culture to keep pace with the growth witnessed by the country.

Modern Al Furjan showcases the unique blend of everyday life, between living in a sophisticated home with patios and complete privacy, while being able to commute to shops and work in a modern urban facility.

Al-Jaida explained – in the research presentation at the conference – that he has been studying and researching for 10 to 15 years in order to benefit from past experiences in designing modern furjans or residential cities that preserve identity and culture and adapt to development and modernity.

The conference witnessed a large international presence of senior architects and planners (Al Jazeera)

The 57th conference of the International Association of City and Territory Planners includes 5 sub-themes related to contemporary urban planning such as sustainability, inclusion, empowerment, well-being, healthy and smart cities, development, resilience, adaptability, exclusivity and urban connectivity, as well as its main theme entitled “Open Planning: New Times, Better Places and Stronger Communities”. .

He believes that the ancient cities were greatly affected by expansions and developments over time, until they became completely different, and lost much of their splendor and landmarks that distinguished them over the years.

Al-Jaidah tells Al-Jazeera Net that the aim of this research presentation is to take the beautiful elements that were present in the old Al Furjan, especially in terms of social, privacy, proximity or the ability to walk to school and shops, and place them in modern, integrated and developed cities.

He stresses that, with this experience, he tried to portray a modern city in which children can play in privacy, and move without fear of cars, especially since modern cities have become cities for cars and not just for pedestrians.

The international conference aims to discuss many planning issues for cities and regions, present global experiences from all continents of the world, review research and technical working papers, as well as study urban centers and their compatibility with sustainable development.

Al-Jaida hopes that the modern Al-Farij will see the light as soon as possible, and that it will be a philosophy of life that is followed in the State of Qatar and the Gulf region, especially as it will collect the beautiful elements in Al-Furjan and the old neighborhoods and place them in a modern integrated city.

Modern Al Furjan reflects the identity and culture of the past and achieves the vision of tomorrowAl Jaidah: Modern Al Furjan reflects the identity and culture of the past and achieves the vision of tomorrow (Al Jazeera)

He stresses that Qatari traditions have been taken into account in the modern Fereej, where courtyards still exist, building systems, columns, and privacy as well, to the extent that this Fereej, which combines everything that is beautiful in the past, is comparable to the latest cities.

The environmental aspect was also taken into consideration, especially with regard to the quality of local trees that have proven successful in our communities and environment over hundreds of years, instead of placing trees from outside that require a lot of water and are not suitable for the Qatari environment.

The conference has the participation of more than 500 individuals, architects, planners and experts, who represent major international institutions and organizations, and seek to improve cities and planning practices by creating a global and active network of practitioners through the exchange of experiences, training, education and research, promoting the planning profession, public awareness and understanding of major planning issues. at the global level.

The good stresses the need to take advantage of old buildings in modern citiesJaidah stresses the need to take advantage of old buildings in modern cities (Al-Jazeera)

Al-Jaidah believes that this research presentation is an important opportunity for all planners and architects from around the world to see all the pioneering experiences of Qatar, and learn about its beautiful characteristics, and how to develop these characteristics in its new cities instead of relying on planners coming from either the West or the East, who put designs that are not theirs. Relationship with our culture and our environment.

He believes that the modern Al-Furjan experience can be implemented immediately and anywhere, especially since Al-Furjan and Al-Harat have existed since ancient times in various countries of the world from east to west, and that the experiment is based on planning that serves humans.

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