New housing patterns and spatial fragmentation in Gulf cities

Wiedmann, Florian and Salama, Ashraf M. and Ibrahim, Hatem G. A. and Mirincheva, Velina (2019) New housing patterns and spatial fragmentation in Gulf cities. Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, 12 (4). pp. 393-411. ISSN 1754-9183 (

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In recent years, the rapid growth of Gulf cities has led to a transformation of local settlement structures. The key objective of this paper is to deliver an overview of new housing patterns and how they impact spatial fragmentation. To identify the spatial distribution of new housing typologies and to explore the recent transformation of urban fabrics, GIS analyses were carried out and Space Syntax models were developed in the case of Qatar’s capital, Doha. This is coupled with an analysis of the travel routes of 130 residents which were assessed to investigate key aspects related to fragmentation. The outcomes include both new insights into the understanding of urban development tendencies in Gulf cities and the introduction of a methodological approach to establish responsive strategies in fast-growing and car-dependent cities.