Education City Qatar, Doha

140-153_design-overseas-qatar-education-city-1-copyUnder the Desert Sun

Story by Anton Adianto | Photo by Yona Schley (Legorreta + Legorreta)

All deserts are almost always identical with heat, aridity and extreme weather conditions. In her book “Dreams of the Compass Rose,” famed Russian-born American writer Vera Nazarian comments on the dreadful condition of this barren landscape. One of the quotes from the book reads, “In the desert, the only God is a well.” Yet Qatar, a country located on the Arab Peninsula, refuses to succumb to the harsh climate of the land. Aided by the government’s directives, the country strives to maximize its development, including constructing a spectacular education project that spans a sprawling 14 sqkm. Built in 2000, the mega project is called Education City.

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This article was published in the Indonesia Design magazine (58th Edition) in 2014.

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