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Reviving Third Places – A Case Study of An Education City Cultural Heritage Site

3 March 2024

1:30 pm

Two-day, in-person workshop co-led by Nihal Mohamed Al Saleh, Ethan Kent, and Nur Alah Abdelzayed Valdeolmillos. Following the first-day field trip, participants will share their observations and research with a Placemaking Plenary Session on Monday, March 4.

  • March 3, 2024, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM AND March 4, 09:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Location: Room 255, VCUarts Qatar & Education City Heritage Site
  • Upon Registration Only

This is an off-site workshop. Transportation to the workshop location from VCUarts Qatar and back will be provided and is part of the experience. 

Reviving Third Places – A Case Study Of An Education City Cultural Heritage Site

The focus of the workshop will be on analyzing one of Education City’s recently redeveloped cultural heritage sites. We will observe the wider spatial and social dynamics of Education City  and, from the gathered information and as an evaluation of the current site, propose design interventions that can improve the space for its current users, as well as make it more attractive for Education City residents, users and visitors.

The primary goal of this Placemaking exercise is to – through small design interventions – contribute to the repurposing of this site, focusing on the critical role that “third places” can play in strengthening the sense of communities.

Through a Placemaking exercise, the participants will learn how to map and evaluate a place based on sociability, accessibility, uses, and levels of comfort. This will help the participants to articulate their own observations about how a place is operating on a day-to-day basis – and consequently, how we can enhance the place to better address the needs of its users.

While such workshop outcomes are highly conceptual, they can inform the decision-making processes and steer the enhancement of spaces in new directions.

The workshop is related to Reviving Third Places – Plenary Session, March 4, 2024, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM.


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