Msheireb Downtown Doha

Xeriscape gardening – landscaping that reduces the need for irrigation – can substitute for water-intensive green spaces

In November 2020, the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) worked with The BMJ to publish a report that stated that urban centers in arid environments need to be more sustainable, more in harmony with the environment, and more livable. This photo exhibition uses images, primarily taken across the Qatar Foundation premisses in Doha, to highlight the report’s recommendations. Photographs by Mahmoud El Achi



Healing Garden, Sidra Medicine

Modern societies spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, so the design of buildings has major implications for health and wellbeing

Retractable shades, Barahat Msheireb

Shading reduces land surface temperature by intercepting solar radiation, and significantly improves human thermal comfort

Oxygen Park, Education City

Urban form affects physical activity, and well-designed compact cities promote outdoor physical activities and social interactions, reducing possible exposure to infection risk indoors

Shaded tram stop, Msheireb Downtown Doha

Public transport can be a healthy mode of transport, but it needs to be weather resilient. Transport hubs should be sheltered and accessible

Wind turbines, Education City

Climate-sensitive design seeks to maximize the advantage of local conditions and mitigate the drawbacks, while minimizing the use of non-renewable resources to improve sustainability

Photovoltaic cells above, Msheireb Downtown Doha

Electricity should be decarbonized and generated from solar energy

Cycle path, Msheireb Downtown Doha

Prioritizing pedestrians and cyclists, while restricting vehicle access encourages physical activity and reduces pollution

Multaqa, Education City

Xeriscape gardening – landscaping that reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation – can substitute for water-intensive green spaces

Qatar Foundation Headquarters’ interior

Climate-sensitive buildings are designed for indoor thermal comfort, fresh air, and well-controlled daylight and solar heating

Blue road surface, Abdullah Bin Jassim Street

Use of suitable colored materials in public spaces and on walking and cycle paths prevents surface heating and reduces heat emissions

Narrow streets, Msheireb Downtown Doha

Narrow streets and courtyards provide shade in the day