Touch down at Hamad International Airport (HIA), Doha, one is greeted with a designed landscape with geometrical patterns of shrubbery of different colours and heights in an arrangement which has become synonymous with international airports. This landscape sits on one side is reflected in the gloss of futuristic architecture and from the air seems to sit incongruously in a desert expanse.
We had just cruised over the desert sands and blue water and this splash of green was welcoming but rather startling as we were after all in the midst of a desert. The Landscape Architect is questioning how is this green being maintained and further…. why green? What is the landscape for the dry climes?