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The New Architecture of Qatar


The New Architecture of Qatar is an important and much-needed survey of contemporary architectural projects in Qatar, with all new photography. This book is the most comprehensive publication on the stunning new architecture of Qatar, highlighting more than fifty projects. A small, oil- and gas-rich gulf country wedged between the desert and the sea, Qatar has undergone a major transformation since the early 1980s. Fifty years ago Doha, the capital of Qatar, was a small town built on Gulf commerce, fishing and pearl diving. That began to change with the rise of the oil economy, and the urban growth that resulted. The process accelerated during the global economic boom, creating an entirely new skyline in the West Bay area of Doha, and has continued apace since. Qatar’s landscape is dotted with structures signed by some of the most famous architects in the world, from the Doha Tower by Jean Nouvel, to the Museum of Islamic Art by I. M. Pei, and Weill Cornell Medical College by Arata Isozaki. In Education City, just outside of Doha, buildings for American universities by the likes of Ricardo Legoretta, a world-class hospital by Cesar Pelli or buildings by Rem Koolhaas, neighbor Al Shaqab Academy, the most advanced horse facility in the world. The Emir of Qatar, his wife Sheikha Moza and his daughter Sheika Al Mayassa plan to make Qatar the cultural heart of the new Middle East.

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