From Land-Use to People-Use Spatial Planning: Towards Re-mixing Emerging Cities of the Gulf Region

Cities of the Gulf region have experienced rapid social, economic, environmental, technological and cultural changes since the middle of the 20th century. The rapid increase of population due to influx of migrant workers to the region in search for work opportunities and better living conditions escalated the rate of change. This rapid urbanization impacted the morphology of Gulf cities and resulted a disconnected environments. Doha and Kuwait are exemplary cities of the Gulf region that experienced this phenomenon. Efforts should be made to re-mix their disconnected environments by introducing urban initiatives that encourage mixed use and urban revitalization. It is suggested that ways to re-mix and re-combine the elements urban environments should be investigated in order to achieve a more sustainable future.


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