To date, much research has postulated that a city needs to be “compact” to be sustainable, and the supporting evidence has largely focused on energy efficiency especially obtained from public transportation efficiencies. However, recently, a counter proposal has emerged, stressing the importance of livability and that low density cities may be preferable in this respect. Doha is a low-density city. In this study, we examine how sustainable neighborhoods can create a low-density city by configuring to achieve livable communities that are both desirable and energy efficient. The findings of the literature review are examined with the aim of exploring the possibility of Doha becoming a fully sustainable city, and thus design concepts can be proposed.


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