The city of Doha is growing rapidly with emerging urban nodes and centers, housing development. Little attention however
has been paid to several growth aspects including the understanding of urban space diversity and the resulting
inhabitants’ spatial experience, their attitudes toward emerging urbanized spaces. Utilizing a perceptual approach in
the form of an attitude survey, this paper explores urban spaces in the city of Doha as perceived and experienced by
different groups. An investigation of a number of key urban spaces is undertaken through the identification of key urban
nodes that are identified based on parameters that include density, commercial activity, and public accessibility. Spaces
are examined from the perspective of Doha’s inhabitants using 490 responses to a survey questionnaire. The results
delineate that urban spaces lack key conditions amenable to creating urban diversity. Nevertheless, they corroborate
the postulation that urban spaces are perceived and experienced differently by different groups based on their gender,
age, and cultural background. The paper concludes with suggestions toward a more inclusive approach to the design
of the city’s urban spaces.
Keywords : Urban diversity, perceptual approach, centers, peripheries, Doha.
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