KEO International Consultants is honored to assist a team of distinguished professors from Harvard University on a nonprofit research project called the ‘Gulf Encyclopedia of Urbanism’
for Msheireb, a subsidiary of the Qatar Foundation. Following is an excerpt from the Gulf Times (18th May 2011, Doha), announcing the launch of the program:
“Msheireb Properties (formerly Dohaland) has entered into an agreement with the Harvard University Graduate School of Design to launch a research project for a study focusing on sustainable urbanism in the Gulf region. The holistic, cross-disciplinary, trans-national study, described as the first of its kind in the region, will culminate in creating a ‘Gulf Encyclopedia for Sustainable Urbanism’ (GESU) and pave the way to establishing a regional base research facility in Qatar. Expected to be completed in three phases (Past, Present, and Future), the GESU project will draw on the region’s environment (both land and sea), its urbanism and architecture, and its society, culture and economics. The project, to be funded by Msheireb Properties, a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation, will also involve researchers from the countries that border the Gulf.”
Presently the researchers are exploring historical urban development and architecture in Arabian Gulf cities (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Dammam, Basra, Bushehr, Bandar Lengeh, Muscat, Kuwait City & Al Manama). This involves anthropological fact-finding, historic research and interviews with local experts, historians, academicians, etc. KEO’s role is to help facilitate the team’s research efforts here in the UAE, to help with exploring the socio-cultural aspects of the region and collect anthropological information (how the people lived, use of houses, men, women, families, education, etc) and also to facilitate interviews with Emiratis (Abu Dhabi), Bahrainis (Al Manama), and Omanis (Muscat) and other long time residents of these cities, who have lived through this era of cultural change.
If you or someone you know is part of a local network of experts and historians in these cities and would like to connect with a prestigious research team from Harvard University, please email me at the following address frankjciampa(at)post(dot)Harvard(dot)edu