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On the first page of this site I wrote that there are likely to be continual changes as these notes are added to and the pages develop over time. Looking at other sites I’ve found I have a problem discovering what has changed since my last visit so, in an attempt to track what I’ve changed myself, I’ll make a determined attempt to keep this up to date by using this page to record each change.

However, although each reference will take you to the actual comment, when there is more than one change on a single page you will be taken only to that page and will then have to look down for the amendment or addition.

The latest additions and amendments to any of the pages will be marked by a pale blue background – as in this paragraph. I hope this will be sufficient to mark changes and be relatively easily seen.

Date


Reference

Description

2023.11.30 Public housing An illustration and note on early public housing have been added.
2023.11.22 Islamic urban design 03 An illustrated note on the Qatar Foundation Headquarters building has been added.
2023.11.20 Arabic / Islamic geometry 01 An excercise to construct a geometry pattern based on twelve and six point geometry has been added.
2023.11.16 Traditional boats of the Gulf
Public housing
Ministry of Information photographs of a traditional boat being maintained and a public house have been added.
2023.11.15 Old Qatar 01 An aerial photo of the centre of Doha in 1947 has been added.
2023.11.13 Infrastructure development A paragraph has been added noting the interrelationship of the elements of development.
2023.11.09 Arabic / Islamic urban design 03 The note on the Qatar National Development Exhibition has been partly re-written and a photograph added.
2023.11.07 Geography
Arabic / Islamic urban design 02
Two images – of a marine oil rig and the old Post Office – have been replaced and commentary amended.
2023.11.04 Society 04
Society 06
Two Ministry of Information photographs have been added – one of a pearling boat and the other of young girls in a classroom.
2023.11.03 Old photographs of Qatar 02 A photograph of the centre of Doha’s old suq has been replaced by a more accurate image and commentary.
2023.11.02 Gulf architecture 02 An aerial image of the fort at al-Zubara in 1972 has been added with brief commentary.
2023.11.01 Population The population statistics for the month of October 2023 have been added.
2023.10.31 Gulf architecture 02 An aerial image of Umm Salal Muhammad in 1972 has been added with brief commentary.
2023.10.30 References A book on the development of Doha has been added to the references page.
2023.10.29 References A book has been added to the references page.
2023.10.26 Arabic / Islamic urban design 03 A black and white aerial image of the Qatar National Museum in 1974, has been added with brief commentary.
2023.10.23 Planning in Qatar 01 A photograph from around 2020 has been added illustrating development north and west of the Hotel and Conference Centre.
2023.10.09 Gulf architecture 05 A description of a recently fabricated naqsh screen has been posted.
2023.10.01 Population The population statistics for the month of September 2023 have been added showing the total to have risen above three million again.
2023.09.30 Greeting cards An illustration of the some additional greeting cards has been added.
2023.09.27 Greeting cards An illustration of the completed winter greeting cards has been added.
2023.09.10 Greeting cards A selection of designs for the end of 2023 have been added prior to a smaller number being selected for sending.
2023.09.04 Population The population statistics for the month of August 2023 have been added showing a significant increase for both male and female numbers.
2023.08.31 Arabic / Islamic urban design 04
Planning in Qatar 01
A photograph of William L. Pereira’s autograph on the foot of a block of five Dirham Qatari stamps has been added together with a photograph of a block of fifty Dirham stamps of the Diwan al-Amiri and autographs of designers involved.
2023.08.28 Arabic / Islamic urban design 04
Planning in Qatar 02
Notes and a number of illustrations have been added relating to the development of landscaping of the Diwan al-Amiri, together with an image within the central atrium of the Diwan.
2023.08.26 Planning in Qatar 01
Planning in Qatar 02
Illustrations of the Hotel and Conference Centre have been added and associated commentary revised, and an image replaced illustrating an office in the Diwan al-Amiri.
2023.08.25 Planning in Qatar 01 Two images and a graphic relating to the initial plans for the NDOD have been added.
2023.08.16 Arabic / Islamic geometry 01 An illustration has been added and small revisions made to the beginning of the first note.
2023.08.12 Introduction A number of comments and illustrations have been added on the page looking at the battles of Bullecourt.
2023.08.09 Gulf architecture 02 A photograph of the fortified structure at Umm Salal Muhammad has been added together with commentary relating to it and the adjacent Barzan towers.
2023.08.06 Islamic urban design 02 A photograph of the original model of the Ministry of Finance extension has been added together with commentary.
2023.08.05 Gulf architecture 02 A note has been expanded with the addition of illustrations of mid-twentieth century residential design.
2023.08.02 Population The population statistics for the month of July 2023 have been added showing an increase in the male population but only a small increase in the female population.
2023.07.29 Design studies A design study for an ’eid mubarak card has been posted.
2023.07.21 Design studies Studies for a number of designs for ’eid have been posted.
2023.07.18 Graphic design
Corporate image and logos
The brief note on graphics has been revised and an illustration of a failed attempt to create a graphic design posted.
2023.07.14 Geography
An illustration of a dust storm in Qatar has been added and some amendments made to the notes within the page.
2023.07.10 Environmental control
A brief note on the prevailing wind in Qatar has been added.
2023.07.06 Arabic / Islamic geometry 02 An illustration of a pattern in six fold geometry has been added and the note amended.
2023.07.04 Environmental control
Population
A note on the screening of glazing on the al-Bahr towers in Abu Dhabi has been posted; and the population statistics for the month of June 2023 have been added, showing a significant decrease in their numbers, particularly females.
2023.06.26 Arabic / Islamic geometry 03 An illustration of a pine cone’s spiral structure has been added.
2023.06.19 Islamic urban design 01 An illustrated note on the leaning majlis at al-Shahaniyah has been posted.
2023.06.16 Gulf architecture 01 Photographs of a larger majlis have been posted.
2023.06.15 Gulf architecture 01 An illustration of an informal external majlis has been posted.
2023.06.14 Gulf architecture 01
Arabic / Islamic geometry 04
An illustration of an incised pattern over the head of an entrance door has been added, with analysis.
2023.06.13 Society 04 An illustration of expatriates living around an old courtyard has been added, with commentary.
2023.06.11 Design studies Alternative designs for the greeting ’eid milaad sa’id have been added.
2023.06.10 Design studies Designs for ’eid al-adha and ’eid milaad sa’id greetings have been added.
2023.06.04 Gulf architecture 05 A note on the setting out of an old piece of naqsh panelling has been posted.
2023.06.01 Population The population statistics for the month of May 2023 have been added, showing the population to be over three million again.
2023.05.30 Arabic / Islamic geometry 03 Illustrations of a flower having sixteen petals and a dandelion seed head with accompanying notes have been added.
2023.05.25 References A reference to a paper on the façades of the al-Bahr towers in Abu Dhabi has been added.
2023.05.21 Environmental control A note on the design of the new British Embassy in the New District of Doha has been posted.
2023.05.15 Gulf architecture 05
References
An old example of naqsh from Wakra has been added, with commentary, together with a reference.
2023.05.13 Population The animated illustration of the differences between the populations of 2010 and 2020 has been revised to include 1989 and 1999.
2023.05.12 Population An animated illustration of the differences between the populations of 2010 and 2020 has been added.
2023.05.10 Population The population statistics for the month of April 2023 have been added, showing a dip below a total of three million.
2023.05.06 Arabic / Islamic urban design 05 An illustrated list of the Qatar stadia has been added.
2023.05.05 Gulf architecture 03 A brief note on a detail of the structure of the old Political Agency has been added.
2023.05.03 Old Qatar 02 Two photographs from old Wakra have been added with commentary.
2023.05.02 Gulf architecture 07 A note has been posted relating to a manara at Wakra.
2023.05.01 Gulf architecture 07 An illustrated note has been posted of the top of an old manara at al-Khor.
2023.04.30 Gulf architecture 07 An illustrated note recording the manara of an old masjid at al-Khor has been posted.
2023.04.29 Old Qatar 02 An illustrated note showing something of the foreshore at al-Khor in the 1970s has been added.
2023.04.28 Old Qatar 02 An illustrated note showing something of the foreshore at Wakra in the 1950s has been added.
2023.04.25 Gulf architecture 02 A note on the development of the British Embassy and Residence in the 1960s has been posted.
2023.04.23 Old Qatar 01 A note on the old British Political Agency building in Doha has been developed with images.
2023.04.22 Environmental control
Islamic urban design 03
A note on the control of solar gain on buildings has been amended and supplemented on two pages.
2023.04.17 Islamic urban design 03 A correction has been to accreditations.
2023.04.12 Design studies A study for an ’eid card has been added.
2023.04.05 Links to other sites
Arabic / Islamic geometry 02
References
A number of links to external sites of Professor B. Lynn Bodner have been removed as those sites no longer exist, though her papers remain in References.
2023.04.03 Population The population statistics for the month of March 2023 have been added showing three million to have been exceeded for the second time.
2023.04.02 Islamic urban design 05
Islamic urban design 03
A photograph of a tram in Musheirib has been added with a brief note, as well as an image of a medallion commemorating the opening of the Hotel and Conference Centre in 1982.
2023.04.01 Arabic / Islamic geometry 03 The illustration of a roundel within the Cosmati pavement of Westminster Abbey has been added to the notes on the pavement, and the notes revised.
2023.03.31 Islamic urban design 02 A photograph of part of a building’s façade has been posted, with commentary.
2023.03.30 Islamic urban design 02 A photograph of part of the Katara Cultural Village development has been posted, with commentary.
2023.03.29 Arabic / Islamic geometry 02 An illustration of girih tiles has been added and the accompanying note expanded.
2023.03.28 Planning in Qatar 01 An aerial image and a view across West Bay of the New District of Doha have been added.
2023.03.27 Islamic urban design 03 A photograph has been added to the note on the State Grand Mosque.
2023.03.26 Islamic urban design 01 A brief note has been written on the public masjid at Hamad International Airport.
2023.03.25 Arabic / Islamic geometry 02 A note on quasi-crystalline tiling has been slightly revised.
2023.03.23 Arabic / Islamic geometry 02 A note on the discovery of a single polykite aperiodic monotile has been added.
2023.03.21 Arabic / Islamic geometry 02 An illustrated definition of the Golden Section has been posted.
2023.03.16 Arabic / Islamic geometry 02 A mistake has been corrected on one of the pages looking at Arabic geometry.
2023.03.13 Gulf architecture 01
References
A brief illustrated note has been added to show how development is moving north of Doha, and a reference added on the oral traditions of the al-Na’im in Qatar.
2023.03.09 Arabic / Islamic geometry 02 An illustrated note has been added showing the setting out of a drawing made over fifty years ago.
2023.03.06 Arabic / Islamic geometry 02 A note has been added relating to the use of seventy-two point geometry in setting out the design of stadium roof.
2023.03.04 Arabic / Islamic geometry 02 A note has been added relating to the use of forty-eight point geometry in setting out the design of stadium roof.
2023.03.01 Population The population statistics for the month of February 2023 have been added.
2023.02.27 Arabic / Islamic geometry 02 A note has been posted looking at a false five-pointed geometric pattern.
2023.02.19 Boat types An image showing the prows and sterns of traditional craft in Oman has been added.
2023.02.18 The Babaud and Masson families
The Age of Enlightenment
Amendments have been made to paragraphs relating to William Windham and William Wickham.
2023.02.17 Arabic / Islamic geometry 02 A note on the meaning of the number forty has been amended.
2023.02.16 The Babaud and Masson families Two references to the Marquis de Maillebois have been revised.
2023.02.15 The Babaud and Masson families

Jean Dominique Cassini
An image of Mme de Cassini has been added together with commentary relating to French inheritance laws.
Two children have been added to those of Jean-Dominique Cassini – Cassini IV – together with their dates where known.
2023.02.12 The Babaud and Masson families A note has been expanded relating to Louis-Henri, Prince de Condé in 1830, and coding relating to copyright statements brought up to date.
2023.02.01 Population The population statistics for the month of January 2023 have been added.
2023.01.16 The Babaud and Masson families A note relating to the visits of Mme de Cassini to London has been revised.
2023.01.12 Arabic / Islamic geometry 02 The construction of a six-fold pattern has been added.
2023.01.04 The Babaud and Masson families A note has been added on Mme de Cassini and her time in London in 1797.
2023.01.02 Population The population statistics for the month of December 2022 have been added, and corrections made to the percentages shown for the year 2022.

 

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