Secrets of An Arab City

Taken from Part 12 of the QTV series Secrets of an Arab City. How can we find our own solutions to our cities’ problems? Featuring ‘renegade gardener’ Ron Finley.
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Secrets of An Arab City

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This is a twelve part TV series we at mediadante.com made for Qatar Television.
We have chosen some clips in order to show you a little bit of what we learned along the way.

The timings on QTV are Saturday 8pm (Doha time), Sunday midnight (tonight)…


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This is a twelve part TV series we at mediadante.com made for Qatar Television.
We have chosen some clips in order to show you a little bit of what we learned along the way.

The timings on QTV are Saturday 8pm (Doha time), Sunday midnight (tonight) and Wednesday 5.30am (for the U.S. audience).

We have had an amazing and challenging six month journey around the world - to 38 cities in total - to discover the best of the old and new ways to build and run a modern city. There is no one simple answer and each city has its own problems...all of them though have one thing in common, a rapidly growing population and diminishing resources.

It has been such a privilege getting to know this vast subject through the eyes of city planner and urbanite Bassam Al Mannai. This is an English translation to the intro of his programme.

By 2050 one third of the world’s population will live in cities.With limited water resources the Arab world faces one of the biggest challenges; the UN says the urban population is set to double here in the next forty years.
Cities are exploding, but with little thought to urban planning or liveability, it is all about coping with the now rather than preparing for the crowded future.

In this series my team of researchers and I aim to find out how to perfect the Anatomy of an Arab City. The knowledge is already out there; it just needs to be rediscovered, redirected and embraced by planners worldwide today.

In this groundbreaking series we will travel the world to show you the extraordinary lessons we can learn from the way cities were planned and built by our forefathers.

We will uncover where the failure to plan and build properly has lead to a breakdown in the way society lives.

And we’ll be meeting designers, architects and artists who are reinventing the space we live in to meet the needs of our very modern age.

And it all starts and finishes right here in my home city, Doha.

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