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Analyzing walkability in the vicinity of three metro stations in Doha, Qatar

Hadeel T. Salaheldin (Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar)
Mark David Major (Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar)
Ahmad Mohammed Ahmad (Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar)
Heba O. Tannous (Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Engineering, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar)

Open House International

ISSN: 0168-2601

Article publication date: 13 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Many factors contribute to public rail transit use in an urban network. However, a dysfunctional relationship between the built environment and the transport system significantly deters such use. Architects, urban designers, town planners and policymakers must understand the factors that promote or deter pedestrian use of the urban environment.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper investigates four connectivity and walkability factors for three different metro stations in Doha, Qatar: Al Aziziyah, Hamad Hospital and West Bay. The analysis includes pedestrian sheds, block sizes, ground-level land uses and connectedness in the urban spatial network based on catchment contour maps using space syntax.

Findings

The results indicate the three metro stations and neighborhoods are representative of diverse type of neighborhoods in Doha: relatively compact but expansive for the Hamad Hospital Station area, metrically and topologically restrictive due to the poor planning and the peninsular location of the reclaimed land in the West Bay area, and expansive, shallow and reliant on attraction for the Al Waab transportation corridor associated with Al Aziziyah Station.

Research limitations/implications

Time factors and temporary closure/capacity reductions due to the global pandemic restricted planned efforts to collect more pedestrian use data based on passive observations and preference choices using surveys during the study. Nonetheless, adapting the investigation to the circumstances produced significant findings.

Social implications

The analysis can help us develop better guidelines and diagnostic tools to calibrate design and planning strategies promoting more walkable, healthy and sustainable neighborhoods.

Originality/value

The study is original due to examining stations of the new Doha Metro for the first time. However, it relies on well-established representational techniques in urban morphology and space syntax research.

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Citation

Salaheldin, H.T., Major, M.D., Ahmad, A.M. and Tannous, H.O. (2022), "Analyzing walkability in the vicinity of three metro stations in Doha, Qatar", Open House International, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/OHI-08-2022-0207

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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