Urban sustainability in the Arabian Gulf: air conditioning and its alternatives

Winter, Tim 2016, Urban sustainability in the Arabian Gulf: air conditioning and its alternatives, Urban studies, vol. 53, no. 15, pp. 3264-3278, doi: 10.1177/0042098015608782.

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Title Urban sustainability in the Arabian Gulf: air conditioning and its alternatives
Author(s) Winter, TimORCID iD for Winter, Tim orcid.org/0000-0002-5825-6012
Journal name Urban studies
Volume number 53
Issue number 15
Start page 3264
End page 3278
Total pages 15
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-11
ISSN 0042-0980
Keyword(s) air conditioning
urban sustainability
Summary This paper examines shifting approaches to urban sustainability in the Arabian Gulf by focusing on the issue of air conditioning and thermal comfort. It considers the recent foregrounding of tradition and heritage within the arena of mega-project development in Qatar, using the Msheireb Downtown Doha Project as an example of a wider regional trend around urban sustainability. Through its focus on air conditioning, the paper draws on Appadurai’s recent critique of design singularity to examine built environment sustainability in relation to the indoor comfort norms and practices, for both bodies and objects, which are now well established across the Gulf region.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0042098015608782
Field of Research 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
200206 Globalisation and Culture
1205 Urban And Regional Planning
1402 Applied Economics
1604 Human Geography
Socio Economic Objective 879899 Environmentally Sustainable Construction not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Urban Studies Journal
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