UAE and Gulf: Architecture and Urbanism Now, AD publication, London

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AD (Architectural Design) John Wiley & Sons, London
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UAE and the Gulf: Architecture and Urbanism Now
Issue edited by Kevin Mitchell and George Katodrytis

At the end of the 20th century, Dubai attracted international media attention as the world sought to make sense of the city’s extraordinary growth. Exuberant projects such as the Burj Arab, the Burj Khalifa and the Palm Islands attracted investment in dreams to transform the region. While the global financial crisis kept dreams from becoming reality, this issue of AD seeks to present a view of architecture and urbanism in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other states in the wider Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at a time when greater economic stability promises new beginnings. The issue presents examples of architecture that transcends preoccupation with fabricating images, and traces the process of making contemporary Gulf cities, from material tectonics to large-scale masterplans. By presenting the architecture of UAE and the Gulf within the context of broader regional developments and global trends, it highlights how projects in the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have contributed to unprecedented urban growth, while emphasising the continuing environmental challenges of building in the region. In addition to highlighting various sustainable initiatives intended to counteract these challenges, the issue also explores how computational design and new technologies are being innovatively employed to mitigate the impact of arid climates.

Museums, Education, Urban and Architectural Typologies, The High Rise, Urban Plans, Sustainable Initiatives, Emerging Practices

Sarina Wakefield, Mona El Mousfi, Sharmeen Syed, Ameena Ahmadi, Terri Boake, Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Steven Velegrinis, Rami Samahy, Kelly Hutzell, Adam Himes, Varkki Pallathucheril, Todd Reisz, Malcolm Smith, Robert Cooke, Jeffrey Willis, Kevin Mitchell, George Katodrytis

above: AD cover

above: Collage by Manar done in George’s class

above: Gerber Architekten’s King Fahad, National Library, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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