The Middle East is well-known for its historic gardens that have developed over more than two millenniums. The role of urban landscape projects in Middle Eastern cities has grown in prominence, with a gradual shift in emphasis from gardens for the private sphere to an increasingly public function. The contemporary landscape projects, either designed as public plazas or public parks, have played a significant role in transferring the modern Middle Eastern cities to a new era and also in transforming to a newly shaped social culture in which the public has a voice. This book considers what ties these projects to their historical context, and what regional and local elements and concepts have been used in their design.
1. Urban landscape: public space and environment in cities of the contemporary Middle East (MOHAMMAD GHARIPOUR), 2. Between garden and geography: landscape as an emergent concept in the wider Middle East (JAMES L. WESCOAT JR.), 3. In pursuit of a European city: competing landscapes of Eskis¸ehir’s riverfront (KIVANÇ KILINÇ AND DUYGU KAÇAR), 4. Inventing the seashore: the Tel Aviv-Jaffa promenade (ELISSA ROSENBERG), 5. Sculpted landscape: the unbuilt public square of Islamabad (FARHAN KARIM), 6. Paradise reconsidered: the early design history of Pardisan Park in Tehran (KATHLEEN JOHN-ALDER), 7. Aspiring masonry: design thinking and experimental vernacularism in Ferdowsi Garden (HOOMAN KOL), 8. Cairo’s urban parks: space, place, and meaning (AKEL ISMAIL KAHERA), 9. Beyond greening: approaches to the contemporary landscape in the United Arab Emirates (KEVIN MITCHELL), 10. Contemporary landscape as urbanism: emergent ecologies of the Doha Corniche (ANNA GRICHTING), 11. The sovereign global city: Omani post-traditional landscape urbanism (HALA F. NASSAR AND ROBERT HEWITT), 12. Epilogue: urban landscapes and future sustainable urban qualities in Middle Eastern cities (ASHRAF M. SALAMA)