Senior Project II CULTURAL RETREAT CENTER – FOR ALTERNATIVE MEDICINETheme: Environmentally Sustainable TourismEnvironmentally Sustainable Tourism development comes as the combination of what the terms of tourism andsustainable environment mean. Since everything is toward the sustainable environment and this term becamethe new ear that adds the future perspectives for any development, for that reason the project theme will havethis term in order to apply what sustainable environment means and provide. This will emphasize the projectimportance whether for time now or for future, also applying the sustainable aspects will guarantee innovativeideas and comprehensive results.On other hand, tourism has many impacts and considerations in terms of economy, social life and environment.From these piles it can be seen the importance of what tourism mean for any country which makes it one of thepriorities for any future development. That will lead to the idea of making projects that will sustain andpreserve the present and the future environment.Sustainable or eco-tourism means a sustainable development that meets the needs for present people withoutcompromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs through environment and society.
Senior Project II CULTURAL RETREAT CENTER – FOR ALTERNATIVE MEDICINECultural Retreat Center“Alternative medicine is any healing practice "that does not fall within the realm of conventional medicine“. It isbased on historical or cultural traditions, rather than on scientific evidence.Cultural Retreat Center takes the diversity in meditation from several cultures all over the world into one singleplace, such as, Chinese & Indian Medicine.Qatar and the GCC countries has also a wide range of Alternative methods for meditation that was practicedlong time ago and should be preserved, brought back to present and taught for the future generations.CRC combines all of these opportunities of practicing and learn about Alternative medicine in a uniqueatmosphere.The Project Name “NATURA” derived from the Latin origin of the word “Nature”Types of Cultural Alternative MedicineTraditional Chinese Medicine:An ancient type of medicine, practiced in China, which includes chiropractic, naturopathic, homeopathic, andChinese therapies such as acupuncture, massage, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).In excess of 5,000 Chinese herb have been categorized and classified according to the various properties whichthey contain.
Senior Project II CULTURAL RETREAT CENTER – FOR ALTERNATIVE MEDICINEIndian Alternative Medicine “Ayurveda”stresses the use of plant-based medicines and treatments. Hundreds of plant-based medicines are employed,including cardamom and cinnamon. Some animal products may also be used, for example milk, bones, andgallstones. In addition, fats are used both for consumption and for external use.
Senior Project II CULTURAL RETREAT CENTER – FOR ALTERNATIVE MEDICINESpace ProgrammingA truly successful project is one where project goals are identified early on and where the interdependencies ofall building systems are coordinated concurrently from the planning and programming phase. Programmingphase will start from defining architects goals and objectives to be achieved in the project as well as to meetpeoples needs and wants and then searching for strategies that would be implemented to reach these goals.Moreover a determination of activities that would take place in the spaces is going to be discussed briefly in thefollowing page.
Senior Project II CULTURAL RETREAT CENTER – FOR ALTERNATIVE MEDICINEGoals, Objectives & Activities Goal Functional: Validating the use of Alternative medicine among different people in Qatar and outside Qatar through establishing a corporation of Treatment & Education. Environmental: enhance the use of natural resources in meditation; healthier & economical. Socially: Create a special area for all doctors and employees to improve their quality of life and enhance their sociability Educational: increase Social: Meditational: improve people awareness of the quality of health create a complete Ojectives the importance of served area for care in Qatar through Alternative medicine the diversity in residence and other the encourage them facilities that helps to retreating methods. toward the in this field. improve their lives. Retreat Center: Education Center: Asian Medicine Courses teaching One type of residents; Activities Practice: ( Chinese, different types of units of different Japanese & Indian Alternative Medicine. areas Medicine) Research Facilities for All possible facilities Folk Medicine: (Qatari advanced Alternative and services for & GCC Folk Medicine). Medicine Education. employees to enhance their quality of life Global Methods of Practice areas for and sociability. Alternative Medicine. Alternative Medicine (Mexican Medicine) practicing Doctors.
Senior Project II CULTURAL RETREAT CENTER – FOR ALTERNATIVE MEDICINESite location.The project falls under the theme of Environmentally Sustainable Tourism, in the area between Al-Wakrah &Mesaieed. To the east side of the shore line is the future economic zone, while to the south is the New DohaPort.The initial master plan was developed into the following form and the land was divided into four parts; each ofwhich is specified for one type of project.
Senior Project II CULTURAL RETREAT CENTER – FOR ALTERNATIVE MEDICINESite Analysis and InterpretationThe site was analyzed according to several parameters as follows:
Senior Project II CULTURAL RETREAT CENTER – FOR ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE Site InterpretationThe site was interpreted according to the climatic issues and neighborhood context of the adjacent projects ina way that creates a relationship between the functions.The site is subjected to a sea-shore and a lagoon and it has to take the maximum advantage of both.