Harvard University was commissioned by Msheireb Properties and QF to undertake a multi-year research study to establish a holistic framework documenting, analysing and deciphering the principles of urban sustainability of selected case study cities in the region.
The GSU book is the result of more than nine years of research
The launch of the book will bring together experts and professors from Qatar and the wider region, in addition to professors from Harvard University and guests. A unique blended in-person and virtual event will be hosted by Msheireb Properties and held simultaneously at Msheireb Museums and on a dedicated on-line virtual platform.
Speakers in the session will be Ibrahim Jaidah, Group CEO & chief architect Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB); Dr Rogaia Abusharaf, Professor of Anthropology at Georgetown University in Qatar; Dr. Andreas Georgoulias, Harvard University; and Reza Pourvaziry, First Global Advocate of UN-Habitat.
The launch event will be followed by on-line panel discussions on October 14 and 21 (with two sessions each day) to discuss different topics related to ‘the historic environment, culture, and economy of the Gulf region’, ‘the development of urbanism, and public health of the Gulf region’, ‘the traditional neighbourhoods and architecture of the Gulf region’, and a special session titled 'The study of the past informs future sustainable urbanism in the Gulf.'
Engineer Ali al-Kuwari, acting CEO, Msheireb Properties, said: "We are proud to launch this important book that provides a comprehensive and in-depth study on sustainable urbanism in the Gulf region and its impact on other aspects of life. Sustainability, which is a core value of Msheireb Properties, has a huge impact on our present and future. This value is clearly reflected in our flagship development project, Msheireb Downtown Doha, which is an exemplary model of modern sustainable cities. We thank Harvard University for the great effort to conduct this study, which is the main reference for Qatar and the whole Gulf region".
Those who want to watch the live launching event and the following panel discussion, can register on https://www.gsubooklaunch.com/.
Msheireb Properties and QF sponsorship and funding of the book reflects their effort in supporting sustainable urbanism and preserving the environment through funding field researches, building strong relationships with scientific and research institutions such as Harvard University, and supporting the studies that have a direct benefit on Qatar and the region.
The GSU book is a reference for academic institutions, universities, libraries, and researchers in sustainability and urban planning. This ground-breaking body of research knowledge holds the potential to be transformed into useful guidance for making holistic, sustainable decisions for the future urbanism of the Gulf region.
The Gulf Sustainable Urbanism book is available in an electronic version and a special print edition of 900 pages, size 11" x17" in two volumes with nearly 1,000 illustrations/analytical diagrams in high-quality graphics.
The GSU book results from more than nine years of research; it started in 2011, with the first phase completed in 2020. The study covers three periods: past, present, and the future. Harvard University has completed the first phase, "The Past," and released the first part of the book, which covered eight countries and 10 cities bordering the coastal zone of the Gulf: Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Iran, and Iraq.