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Al Manakh is the collaborative initiative to monitor, reveal and forecast new urban developments unfolding in the Gulf region. This analysis focuses on how the Gulf’s recent pace has not only shaped its own urban centers but also releases significant effects beyond its borders...
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Al Manakh: the Sequel

October 29 2010
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A guide: 00:00: Mark Wigley (Dean, GSAPP Columbia University) provides brief description of the book; 3:10: Todd Reisz (editor, Al Manakh 2) on the making of Al Manakh 2; 29:00: Rem Koolhaas on OMA’s work in the Middle East and North Africa.

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The Civil Society Movement in the Arab Gulf States

October 20 2010
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by Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi
At first glance it seems as though the six Gulf Cooperation Council monarchies have no civil society movements to speak of, but scratching the surface unveils a complex layer of organisations… [read more]

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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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