Modernism in Qatar: Survival through reuse

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This chapter considers that an emphasis on pre-oil traditional architectural styles in the preservation efforts of Qatar has happened at the expense of a specific exclusion in this assemblage that corresponds to a broad ‘modernist’ period. Heritage preservation forms part of the 2030 Qatar National Vision, a government framework for economic, cultural, and social development drafted in 2008. Emerging heritage preservation languages in Qatar can, therefore, be observed and documented in both institutional/formal and non-institutional/informal ways. But the informal way in which heritage languages are preserved in urban development not intended to carry forward a heritage preservation agenda is difficult to capture. Confronted with such a complex built environment and landscape of expertise, the challenge of encountering modernism and putting it into dialogue with other heritage languages is magnified by heritage preservation policy documents produced so far in Qatar that fail to address the marginalization of early and late modernist aesthetics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUrban Modernity in the Contemporary Gulf
Subtitle of host publicationObsolescence and Opportunities
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781000455533
ISBN (Print)9780367741921
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)
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