Raffaello Furlan

Raffaello Furlan
Qatar University · Department of Architecture and Urban Planning

MArch [IUAV-Italy], PhD in Architecture [Griffith University-Australia]

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In the past decade, Doha has witnessed fast-urban growth, an increased population rate, and an over-reliance on the automobile as the main mode of urban transportation. These factors caused social and environmental problems related to (1) the loss of a compact urban pattern, (2) an increased level of air pollution (3) high traffic congestions and (...
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Over the last two decades, transit-oriented development (TOD) has been widely implemented as an integrated strategy to enhance urban livability. Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar, has faced urban challenges such as excessive reliance on private vehicles, absence of a well-established public transportation system, and issues with integration o...
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In the past two decades, Doha, the capital city of the State of Qatar, has undergone a rapid urban transformation. In 2013 and 2014, the State of Qatar, respectively, initiated the construction of Doha Metro and launched the Qatar National Development Framework (QNDF), an action plan for managing sustainable urban development at national level. Nam...
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The International Monetary Fund estimates that the Indian economy contributes over 8% to the global gross domestic product (GDP), making India the fifth largest economy in the world. However, the formal and informal sectors do not contribute equally to the national GDP, with over 80% of this total originating from the informal sector. Street vendin...
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Socio-cultural factors are amongst the most prominent forces that reshape the development of housing in Qatar, namely when considering its vernacular architectural history. The research study uses space syntax analysis supported by other simulation and visualization techniques to examine the extent to which socio-cultural patterns influence the spa...
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Most people regard green spaces as a necessity to enhance the physical health and psychological well-being of residents in promoting the general health and welfare of citizens and the environment (Röbbel, 2016). In the Modern Era, the availability of green spaces has become an integral component of urban planning for sustaining the quality of life...
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Emergent communities have integrated land use and transportation plan based on transit-oriented developments (TODs) and light rail transit with the sole purpose to enliven and redevelop the constructed environment. Doha has undergone some major transformation in urban growth context due to surge in the economy instigated by oil and gas production....
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In a rapidly developing nation such as Qatar, the prime aspect of growth is directed toward delivering social, economic, and environmental coherence in its neighborhood development. Qatar's current fast economic growth and the physical transformation of its built environment compromises social and environmental aspects. However, if applied suitably...
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Accessibility indicates the ease of reaching many destinations from many origins in the urban network at various scales of space. It plays an important role in determining the location of public facilities to maximize usability for a large population or limit use to a smaller community. The absence of urban green spaces is a notable consequence of...
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Over the past decade, transit-oriented development (TOD) has been advocated as an applicable urban regeneration planning model to promote the sustainability of cities along with city dwellers’ standards of urban living. On a regional scale, under the directives of the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV-2030), the Qatar National Development Framework (...
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In a rapidly developing nation such as Qatar, the prime aspect of growth is directed toward delivering social, economic, and environmental coherence in its neighborhood development. Qatar's current fast economic growth and the physical transformation of its built environment compromises social and environmental aspects. However, if applied suitably...
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Italian migrants, as well as diverse migrant groups, brought with them cultural practices and a way of life, which are nowadays part of the multicultural Australian built environment and society. This research study focuses on the external yards of domestic dwellings built in the late 1980s and early 1990s in Brisbane by the Italian migrants. Namel...
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Most people regard green spaces as a necessity to enhance the physical health and psychological well-being of residents in promoting the general health and welfare of citizens and the environment (Röbbel, 2016). In the Modern Era, the availability of green spaces has become an integral component of urban planning for sustaining the quality of life...
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Cities all over the world are currently facing many challenges and obstacles related to economy, society, and environment. These were the results of rapid economic developments, urban and population growth, and the accompanying increased needs and changing lifestyles. Several decades ago, Manama, the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain, experienced s...
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This research study aims at tracing the human-behavior relationship between current migrant-residents and the built fabric of Najada zone in Doha. It provides a useful insight into the urban reality of migrant communities in a selected neighborhood and suggests that foreseen plans for urban adaptation and revitalization should be considered in alig...
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In the past few decades, cities and/or urban settlements have been experiencing growing population and environmental degradation. Environmental trends, such as biodiversity loss and global warming are increasing rapidly, as a result of the ecological footprints of cities. Gulf cities, for example, have been rapidly developed since the discovery of...
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Over the past two decades, a growing number of communities have pursued light rail transit (LRT) and Transit-Oriented Developments (TODs) as part of an integrated transportation and land use strategy to revitalize and/or regenerate the built environment of worldwide cities. In the past few decades, Doha, the capital city of the State of Qatar, has...
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Socio-cultural factors in the spatial form of Qatari houses seem affected by the forces of globalization during rapid urbanization of its capital, Doha, over the previous three decades whereby the construction of housing tends to reflect the requirements of a global market instead of local architectural identity. Comparative investigation of spatia...
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Purpose Urban theorists argue that in the post-Second World War period cities faced the increasing development of homogeneous and soullessness urban spaces. This led to the formulation of urban design’s theories for addressing issues of space and place, as a means of correction to the built environment of modern cities. The purpose of this paper is...
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This research paper investigates the spatial form of traditional and modern Qatari houses and embedded socio-cultural patterns which have influenced the development of housing in Qatar over the past decades. The methodology for the investigation of socio-cultural patterns embedded into traditional and modern houses is based on space syntax supporte...
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The urban fabric of Islamic cities has been shaped by the rules of Sharia, sociocultural and economic factors. After being founded in the 1760s by a Kuwaiti tribe known as Utub, Al Zubarah became a flourishing pearl fishing and trading settlement. Due to its abandonment in the early 1900s, remaining untouched since then and protected by a layer of...
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The Post-WWII period witnessed a large immigration flow of Italians towards Australia. This was facilitated by the assisted passage scheme funded by the Italian and Australian governments. Italian migrants, as well as diverse migrant groups, brought with them cultural practices and a way of life, which are nowadays part of the multicultural Austral...
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Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar, has faced enormous economic growth and rapid urban transformation over the last few decades. More recently, this has been accentuated by the construction of major urban public transit systems in the State and a desire to implement the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) model in new developments and/or urban...
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In the past two decades, sustainability has been a significant concern when planning cities. As a consequence of development occurring in cities, its essence to people is discounted. An example of this is Doha, Qatar's capital, which has undergone massive urban developments because of the post-WWII discovery and production of oil and gas. Doha's ur...
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This research study explores the Arabian Gulf region’s practice of city planning and design in response to the active forces of globalization. The focused scope of analysis is justified by the commonalities that unite the Arabian Gulf region, among them is the active response to globalization and the rapid urbanization process. Following the covera...
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Over the past two decades, gulf cities have been rapidly growing, mainly after the discovery of oil. Large-scale urban projects have been constructed as a result of globalization, which has affected the built environment and the urban fabric of gulf cities. Doha, the capital city of the State of Qatar, has been substantially influenced by globaliza...
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The 2022 FIFA World Cup is a vital event which will take place in Doha — capital city of the State of Qatar — and shape its present and future urban growth. The capital city is rapidly preparing for the success of this mega-event within a very short time frame. Therefore, there is a profound challenge in planning for the World Cup while also taking...
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Doha, the capital city of the State of Qatar, has undergone rapid economic growth and urbanization over the past 20 years. In contrast with developed countries, where sustainable development has been implemented on a neighborhood scale, sustainable planning research has still been concentrated at the national level and less on the neighborhood leve...
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The Post-WWII period witnessed a large immigration flow of Italians towards Australia. This was facilitated by the assisted passage scheme funded by the Italian and Australian governments. Italian migrants, as well as diverse migrant groups, brought with them cultural practices and a way of life, which are nowadays part of the multicultural Austral...
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In the State of Qatar, the intense and rapid urban development based on hosting upcoming mega events, as envisioned by Qatar‟s National Vision (QNV- 2030), have raised concern about community stability as it faces modernization in both physical and social aspects. A declining sense of community amid has been associated with interactions within urba...
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Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street, with its unique mix of land use and geographical location, has become one of the most densely populated streets in Doha City, the capital of Qatar. Over the past few years, many establishments and transitional developments, such as various services, commercial malls, and the like, have altered Al Mirqab Al Jadeed's urban...
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In the Post-WWII period, while industrial production in Italy had diminished and millions of people were unemployed, Australia was facing the opposite problem of shortage of labour, due to a rapid agricultural and industrial development. By virtue of the immigration policy adopted by the Australian government in the 1950s, assistance with the cost...
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For the past several decades, the car has been the most popular method for travelling within cities, small towns and rural areas. This has caused increasing traffic congestion, which in turn has become a drain on the economy of cities due to lost productivity. Additionally, the impact of climate change, the consequent need of reducing greenhouse ga...
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Since the 1970s the State of Qatar has witnessed a radical transformation from fishing and pearling to an oil based economy. The nation is also developing a multifaceted economy. This vision has encouraged Qatar to implement a rapid improvement of: (a) its national infrastructure (roadways and public transit systems) and (b) Doha’s built environmen...
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During the second half of the 20 th century Qatar has beheld its first urbanization period, which was caused by the increase of oil's production. At present, national development strategies have led to an extensive urban transformation process. The rapid urban growth of Qatar presents a challenge to policy makers and planners for involving environm...
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This study investigates the domestic dwellings built in Brisbane by twenty first-generation migrants, natives of the Veneto region in Italy, who migrated to Australia in the post WWII period and built their houses in the 1980s and 1990s in Brisbane. The purpose of this research study is to explore whether notions of culture were present in the home...
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The Sheraton Park was opened to the public in the late 2015; it features five main water components, which portrays different themes pertaining to five senses. It also features green belts at the street frontage and planting, outdoor fitness and playground area, a miniature fan zone with a massive led screen, pyramids (first aid points) and 4 parki...
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Open green spaces are considered as an integral part of university campuses worldwide and the related studies reveal the significant impact of the green spaces on the quality of life in the campuses. Thus, scholars have also stressed the need of revitalization of outdoor green spaces in the Qatar university campus. This research investigates whethe...
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This research study discusses the role of public art in influencing urban environments in Qatar, namely within Katara Cultural Village. It will explore how this approach can increase local communities' environmental awareness as an indirect input to enhance the environment to which it attracts both local and international visitors. In addition, it...
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In recent years, public art has been featured as a trend in urban environments in GCC. During its period of development, the State of Qatar worked on large megaprojects designed to attract global investments and tourists. Also, the current process of globalization has greatly contributed to increasing competition between cities and promoting the de...
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Urban planners seek to create a sense of community by effectively interfacing urban form and community development. In Qatar, community change has become a matter of public concern amid intense development activities. The recent exposure to modernization-related urban growth in Qatar, in preparation for temporary mega events and in pursuit of the n...
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Doha, the capital city of the State of Qatar, has went through a fast growth in its economy and transformation of its built environment. Currently, major urban public transit systems are under construction. This paper looks at Souq Waqif station and its surrounding neighbourhood as one of the new transit hubs of Qatar. The district is located in th...
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The State of Qatar is presently facing the development of major transport infrastructure, to be finalized (A) by 2022 for the planned FIFA World Cup and (B) by 2030, as envisioned by the comprehensive national development planning strategy, also named Qatar National Vision (QNV-2030). The under-development metro system foresees the construction of...
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Qatar is making large investments for the development of the urban fabric and public transport systems of Doha (i.e. the Msheireb downtown Doha, the Doha metro, and the Lusail light rail transit). It has also already been publicly announced that the population has undergone markedly faster growth over the past few years. According to data from the...
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The literature reveals that culture, as a way of life, is a factor determining the house's spatial form, which, in turn, can contribute to the construction and/or enhancement of social capital. Scholars also stress that in the past the study of the relationship between houses' spatial form and social capital has focused on physical spatial environm...
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Qatar has witnessed a rapid development in urbanism within the last few decades especially after the oil discovery. Modern style projects have been imported to the country in-order to reflect aluxurious image. The Fareej (traditional Gulf) neighbourhood has almost disappeared and a modern lifestyle has replaced it. The Pearl Island in Qatar was one...
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Scholars and researchers, who investigate the extent to which spatial form and livability are mutually interconnected, stress that the built environment provides the space for the enhancement of social interactions, which in turn have a deep impact on the level of livability of cities. Namely, in relation to this relationship, to which extent the b...
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Accordingly to Wagner, “Dwellings stand as the concrete expressions of a complex interaction among cultural skills and norms, climatic conditions and the potentialities of natural materials”. This study, beginning with an enquiry into the way trans-national houses are the physical expression of interacting cultural factors, provides a theoretical f...
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This paper explores the phenomenon of post WWII Italian migration (from the Veneto region) to the State of
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Historically, most Italians have been Roman Catholics. Also, the majority of Italian immigrants who migrated to Australia have remained Catholics. In Brisbane, in which a large number of Italian migrants migrated in post WWII period, immigrants were actively involved in activities performed around Catholic Parishes. Concurrently, driven by the need...
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The 1940s discovery of oil in Qatar caused a change from fishing and pearling based to a multifaceted economy. Through past few decades Qatar has experienced a rapid growth, which has radically influenced the country's physical, economic, cultural and demographical status. In addition, Qatar has planned to invest large funds over the next five year...
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Architectural education is an increasingly complex endeavor, with the development of knowledge and building of skills aimed at global and local conditions in a state of constant flux. With architecture holding professional status in many international jurisdictions there is tremendous pressure to ensure that graduates are duly equipped with robust...
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Neighborhoods are designed to contribute towards establishing and maintaining community bonds. Gated communities, a recognizable form of housing developments in the Gulf Region, have an impact on neighborhoods and cities' livability-namely on the quality of life of residents. In the city of Doha, gated communities are widely diffused and considered...
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Since the 1940s discovery of oil, the State of Qatar has experienced a rapid growth, which radically influenced the country's physical, economic, cultural and demographical status. Qatar became an independent state in 1977, after the end of the British rule. This paved the way for education: within the same year, the national academic institution,...
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Cities provide places for people to live, work, learn and socialize. As urban environments, cities nowadays are typically characterized by urban sprawl in which open public spaces (1) are neglected and/or (2) social interactions are discouraged. In fact, the encouragement of social interactions among neighbors is a vital factor implementing livabil...
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The purpose of this article is to investigate the connection between cultural traditions and house form which, according to scholars, is in danger of being lost, and so contribute to the revival of critical interest in such a connection. This paper does not intend to focus on the exploration of the relation between culture as a way of life and the...
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The Souq Waqif is located in the heart of the old downtown of Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar. The Souq Waqif is one of the most important heritage sites in the country. Over the years this market became abounded until his highness Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifah al Thani and his wife, her highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, recognize...
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Scholars argue that there is a mutual relationship between built environment, social interactions (and/or social capital) and livability: the form of the built environment contributes to the construction of social capital and/or enhancement of livability. Therefore in order to enhance livability, the built environment should provide the arena encou...
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The Corniche is a public realm located in Doha. Its waterfront palm-fringed boulevard and twin carriageway extends in a horseshoe shape and runs 7 km along the Doha Bay and the city's sea-front. Doha Corniche is indisputably the most attractive part of Doha, studded with exciting green surroundings and remarkable modern architecture. The Corniche w...
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Previous studies on Italian migrants in Australia highlight that Italian migrants migrated to Australia in the 1950s'-1960s with the primary goal of permanently settling in Australia. Also, scholars pointed out that the form of the transnational houses they subsequently built in Australia were manifestations of both their wish to have their family...
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The literature reveals that despite the study of the relationship between human behavior, activities and built form has focused on physical spatial environments at any scale, ranging from built environment to built form, the investigation of micro-scale housing has been neglected in the past. Namely, regardless of the interest to this relationship,...