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Soul-Searching at Dubai’s Cityscape: Review 2010

October 19 2010
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[Big-name archiecture firms] had provided the symbols that represented modernization, luxury, success, assurance, and “world-class standards.” They were “needed.” But this year’s event made it clear that architecture isn’t ready to provide that symbolism anymore… [read more at Huffington Post]

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2009 Review of Cityscape Dubai (from the pages of Al Manakh 2)

October 19 2010
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Cityscape Dubai should have been the ultimate moment for schadenfreude, the big word that has entered the Dubai popular vocabulary with a few pronunciations. (link to 2010 review to follow shortly)

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Bahrain in Venice: A Review

September 29 2010
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Read a review of Bahrain’s award-winning exhibition in Venice at the Huffington Post.

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Mabrouk! Bahrain wins the Golden Lion at 2010 Venice Biennale

September 3 2010
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With a surprising contemplation on the state of the country’s coastline, Bahrain wins highest honors for its first participation in the Venice architecture biennale. We’ll be posting a review of the exhibition shortly at Huffington Post.

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ABU DUBAI: A Forward Tale of Two Cities That Could Only Be One

August 8 2010
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by Mishaal Al Gergawi
It was already evident that the two cities were heading in a direction that neither of them had envisaged or openly admitted…. Abu Dubai: a city never founded yet had to be.

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Qatar’s bid for World Cup 2022: To Build a Nation or a Region?

August 2 2010
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If Qatar is simply out to buy another piece of the nation-builder’s toolkit, then by all means it should host alone. But if it is looking for a platform to convey the intangible qualities of trust, collaboration, culture, international diplomacy …

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Qatar's proposed Al-Shamal Stadium.
Qatar’s proposed Al-Shamal Stadium.

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