World's Coolest Design Destinations
Courtesy of Aga Khan Award for Architecture/Ziyad Shawkat
Souk Waqif, in Doha, Qatar
Souk Waqif is the one great public space that remains in Doha, Qatar, a city that is reinventing itself at lightning speed. In the souk, locals congregate to dine, smoke shishas, meander through a maze of alleys, and shop. The 2008 restoration by designer Mohamed Al Abdullah replaced all structures that seemed at odds with tradition, revitalizing the historic spot.