[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]
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)
Read a review of Bahrain’s award-winning exhibition in Venice at the Huffington Post.
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.
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.
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 …
Read the rest here.
Qatar’s proposed Al-Shamal Stadium.