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you&me architecture scoops Old Doha prize

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The founders of East London’s you&me architecture have won the hotly contested Old Doha Prize

Iris Papadatou and Alicja Borkowska were awarded £15,000 to develop their winning proposal for transforming an historic area of the Qatari capital.

Their plans were honed in a week-long design residency in Doha last month, during which they teamed up with local practices to explore regeneration ideas.

The competition was organised by the British Council in association with bodies including RIBA, the Doha Architecture Centre and Msheireb Properties.  

Papadatou and Borkowska reimagined the neighbourhoods of Al Asmakh and Al Najada as places for learning.

They proposed placing various education programmes onto the site to attract growth and regeneration. 

The pair said they drew inspiration from the Qatari vernacular, using courtyards as madrasa or social places of learning.

Phase one of their proposal included joining the site to the city’s heritage trail as well as building temporary housing for blue collar workers currently living in poor conditions. 

Their designs were developed in collaboration with Qatari architects Fatima Fawzzy and Alaa Larri.  

All five shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the Museum of Islamic Arts later this month.

Qatar is gearing up to host the 2022 World Cup and has been highlighted as a boom market for UK architects.

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