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Portland State of Mind: Middle East Studies Center Lecture Series: Gulf Cities: From Pearls to FIFA: A Narrative of Doha’s Budding Architecture & Urbanism
Monday, October 8, 2012 - 7:00pm
Portland State of Mind: Middle East Studies Center Lecture Series: Gulf Cities: From Pearls to FIFA: A Narrative of Doha’s Budding Architecture & Urbanism

Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294, 1825 SW Broadway

Critical observation of Gulf cities’ development in the last decade reveals a number of architectural and urban paradigms. Through an elaborate attempt to construct a new contemporary identity within a knowledge-based approach to urban development, Doha emerges as a new architectural and urban utopia. A critical reading of this model suggests a number of architectural and urban challenges. This presentation will trace the change from resource and industrial economies to a creative and knowledge-based economy, a transformation which has been seen as inevitable change for Gulf cities in a rapidly approaching post-carbon world.

Ali A. Alraouf is an architect, urban designer, writer and educator interested in teaching and research within the domain of theory, criticism and creativity in architecture and urbanism. He has held teaching positions at Cairo University, the University of California Berkeley, Modern Sciences and Arts University and the University of Bahrain. His current research interests include contemporary architectural education, children’s architecture and urbanism, knowledge and creative cities, holistic sustainable development, public spaces and urban diversity, and contemporary Gulf cities architecture and urbanism. Alraouf is currently teaching urban design and planning theories at Qatar University.

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The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.

pdx.edu/middle-east-studies | middleeaststudiescenter@pdx.edu | 503-725-4074

Co-sponsored by the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government

Created in 2000 to take advantage of the synergy of uniting several interdisciplinary units, today the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University is a vibrant, high energy institution with unparalleled opportunities for students and faculty. Located in an award-winning new $40 million building, the Hatfield School offers students the latest in technological capabilities and exposure to a wide variety of courses spanning political science, public administration, and criminal justice.

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