Dohaland’s public release of its plans and renderings was met this year with some applause. Departing from the usual icon-driven formula and perhaps learning a lesson from the successes of the nearby Souq Waqif’s reconstruction, Dohaland is trying to design urbanism, city life.
With Dohaland, however, comes the departure of one of Doha’s most active parts of town anchored on Mushaireb Road. Many participants on skyscrapercity.com cheer its clearance — mainly because it is “too dense.” It is dense but it is also alive. Demolition has already started. Small store owners are moving out. Some owners talk of new locations; others have nowhere to go — one pointed to the heavens when asked where he’d go. Some residents didn’t even seem to have a clue their residences were on the list for the wrecking ball. But change is coming, and Doha has found a confident stride this year — with construction costs down and the world ready to see what it can do.
Below are pictures of the neighborhoods making room for Dohaland.
Interior of 4-story walk-up residential building
A single man’s apartment.
Rooftop in Mushaireb.
Housing among ruins of Qatari columns.
A Nepali man making Pakistani sweets.
Sidewalk typing services.
Laundry in a residential courtyard.
Demolition even continues through the weekend.
Demolition makes way for temporary construction: Turner’s site office.