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- DescriptionIn the last few years, the Persian Gulf city of Dubai has exploded from the Arabian sands onto the world stage. Oil wealth, land rent, and so-called informal ecomic practices have blanketed the urbanscape with ermous enclaved developments attracting a global elite, while the ecomy runs on a huge army of migrant workers from the labour-exporting countries of the Indian Ocean and Eurasian regions. The speed and aesthetic brashness with which the city has developed have left both scholarly and journalistic observers baffled and reaching for facile stereotypes with which to capture its city's identity and significance to the history of urban planning, architecture, social theory, and capitalism.In The Superlative City , contributors from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and colleagues from the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and Denmark offer the most serious analyses of the city to appear to date. Remarkable aspects of Dubai, such as the size and theming of real estate projects and the speed of urbanization, are situated in their local and global architectural, political, and ecomic contexts. Planning tactics and strategies are explained. The visually arresting aspects of architecture are critiqued but also placed within a holistic view of the city that takes in the less sensational elements, such as worker camps and informal urban spaces.
- Author BiographyAhmed Kanna is a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies at the University of Iowa.
- Author(s)Ahmed Kanna
- PublisherHarvard Graduate School of Design
- Date of Publication02/08/2013
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Series TitleAga Khan Program of the Graduate School of Design
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard Graduate School of Design
- Content Note50 colour photographs
- Weight666 g
- Width191 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine10 mm
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