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Archis 2007 #2

Safety or Security

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Thousands of refugees seeking safety, and others seeking prosperity attempting to reach the so-called developed world is a ubiquitous fact of our globalizing world. If you want to get rid of them, design ways to police them. If you want to help first, that is altogether a different task. More than 35,000 African immigrants reached […]

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Archis 2007 #2

The Dubai Experiment

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1. Accelerated Urbanism New building developments in Dubai, especially high-rises, are linked to the global network of trends, forces, finance and trading rather than being related to their locality and community. As such they are alienated from their geographic and physical location. Therefore a dose of self-stylization is necessary, like a surreal machine that reproduces […]

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Archis 2007 #2

Last Chance?

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We live in an era of completions, not new beginnings.  The world is running out of places where it can start over. Sand and sea along the Gulf, like an untainted canvas, provide the ultimate tabula rasa on which new identities can be inscribed: palms, world maps, cultural capitals, financial centers, sport cities… Yet, much […]

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Archis 2005 #2, Archis 2007 #2

An Awakening in Dubai

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You have been considered dead for years, leading a vegetative life, dependent on a life support system. Like a somnambulist you murmur words that make no sense and gaze at things that are not there. Not responding to any stimuli, doctors do not know how to resuscitate you. They take you outside, to see if […]

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