The Superlative City
Dubai and the Urban Condition in the Early Twenty-First Century
By (author) Ahmed Kanna
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Superlative City by Ahmed Kanna
Book 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 economic practices have blanketed the urbanscape with enormous enclaved developments attracting a global elite, while the economy 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 economic 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780977122431
(241mm x 191mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Harvard Graduate School of Design
Publisher: Harvard Graduate School of Design
Publish Date: 2-Aug-2013
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ahmed Kanna
Dubai, the City as Corporation, Hardback (June 2011)» View all books by Ahmed Kanna
The politics of space and culture in Dubai in the first decade of the twenty-first century.
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Author Biography - Ahmed Kanna
Ahmed Kanna is a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies at the University of Iowa.
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