Sheik Soud Al Thani
Head of Sustainability
9:00 AM Regional keynote: Connecting to the ecosystem – Qatar’s low-density smart and sustainable neighborhoods
Much research to date has postulated that a city needs to be ‘compact’ to be sustainable, and the supporting evidence has largely focused on energy efficiency especially obtained from public transportation efficiencies. However, recently, a counter proposal has emerged stressing the importance of liveability and that low-density cities may be preferable in this respect. Doha is a low-density city and in this study we examine how smart and sustainable neighborhoods can create a low-density city by configuring liveable communities that are both desirable and energy efficient.