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Urban Studies Resources
Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme
The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme became operational in 1992 to show best practice to governments and decision makers and to highlight historic sites could become assets and economic trampolines and not burdens on scare resources. The Programme implements conservation, urban regeneration and park projects in historically significant sites of the Islamic world. It does so over long time-frames, by raising local standards and coupling monument and public open space conservation with environmental and community development, thus engaging in sustainable urban redevelopment projects, which offer a platform for new socio-economic uses tied to education, health, leisure facilities, and amenities and services that have significant educational importance for practitioners and decision-makers.
Conflict Urbanism Aleppo
Since 2012, the people of Aleppo — one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world — have been exposed to catastrophic violence. Many thousands have been injured, died, or fled. Our project focuses on their city and what has been done to it and what might happen to it in the future.
Crafts of Syria
Many of the monuments and archaeological sites have been looted, with some deliberately destroyed during the conflict. The crafts are another significant component of the rich cultural heritage of Syria, and this site is intended to preserve information on aspects of traditional manufacturing practices of urban and rural areas. It is hoped that this will be a resource for students and researchers working on the material cultures and socio-economic life of Syria and the surrounding regions of the Middle East.
DOHA - Doha Online Historical Atlas
The Origins of Doha is a UCL Qatar research project, supported by the Qatar National Research Fund and aims to explore the foundation and historic growth of Doha, its transformation to a modern city, and the lives and experiences of its people, through a combination of archaeological investigation, historical research and oral testimony.
This interactive web resource presents some of the project's research, tracing of the changing physical extent and urban configuration of Al Bidda and Doha through time, using historic maps, photographs, historic building recording and the excavation of archaeological deposits.
Istanbul Urban Database
Istanbul Urban Database is an accessible, interactive mapping platform for historians, architects, city planners and other researchers to examine and contribute to the collective memory of Istanbul. This project is a sustainable platform that blends a wide range of historical data, and is the most comprehensive online archive of Istanbul’s urban history.
The platform presents a series of historical maps, aerial imagery, historical photos, geographical features like historical transportation routes, as well as many points of interest such as the historical beaches of Istanbul. Users can selectively examine historical maps or superimpose multiple maps with adjustable transparency values, and overlay georeferenced features to the base maps. The project also provides a tool for side-by-side comparison of two maps from different times, allowing users to examine in detail the changes took place over time.
Landscapes and monuments: Iran to Spain
The latest items in the archive date from 2007. The main regions covered are Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iran and Yemen, and less extensively Spain, Italy, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt. The strengths of the collection, reflecting Fowden's research and teaching interests at different periods, are: - the relationship between settlement and landscape; - fortification, and the evolution of the urban tissue, especially in the late Roman period; - religious architecture, especially the conversion of holy places, monasticism, and the emergence of Islam; - art and epigraphy preserved in architectural or archaeological contexts; - traditional domestic architecture.
Within each site, the photographs are arranged in a sequence designed to convey some sense of a physical visit, sometimes starting and/or ending with more general shots of the surrounding landscape and of the routes that traverse it. Photographs taken on site are occasionally supplemented by items from museums or print publications designed to make the collection more suitable for teaching purposes.
Portal 9 = al-Bawwābah al-tasiʻah.
As a journal of stories and critical writing about urbanism and the city,
Portal 9 blends creative writing, photography, and personal essays with academic scholarship, perceptive journalism, and cultural critiques. Published by Solidere Management Services, the Lebanese Company for the Development and Reconstruction of the Beirut Central District, Portal 9 is issued in Beirut and published twice yearly in English and Arabic editions. Each issue focuses on a unique theme. The journal addresses the need for a conscientious debate about architecture, planning, culture, and society in urban contexts across the Middle East and the rest of the world.