Urban intensity in Doha

This month’s edition of The Architectural Review explores the theme of Intensity, and highlights Msheireb Downtown Doha as an example of how a growing international city can responsibly plan high density urban development.

Critic Jay Merrick writes that the project is ‘an important attempt to generate an architectural, cultural and commercial alternative to the generically internationalised placemaking that so often produces questionable, if not culturally toxic expressions of timeless placemaking.’

The city centre regeneration involves the creation of an urban quarter of more than 100 buildings in the heart of Doha. Allies and Morrison’s role has been to be the sitewide architectural voice within the masterplan team, crafting a new vernacular language which bridges tradition with modernity – as well as design architect for a number of individual buildings.

Msheireb’s masterplan team comprises Arup, Aecom and Allies and Morrison; and its design architects are Allies and Morrison, Adjaye Associates, Eric Parry Architects, Gensler, HOK, John McAslan + Partners, Mangera Yvars, Mosessian Architecture and Squire + Partners.

Photograph by Fatma Al Sehlawi