Posts Tagged ‘abu dhabi’

Museums and the Creation of National Identity

Over the weekend, the great Nicolai Ouroussoff wrote about the proliferation of grand museums designed by brand-name architects in two small, oil-rich countries in the Middle East. It's all part of a conscious effort to remake themselves in the modern era:
To a critic traveling through the region, the speed at which museums are being [...]

The Insidiousness of Model Cities

Nicolai Ouroussoff had a mind-boggling piece in Saturday's Times about Masdar, the beginnings of a one-mile-square burg on a sandy expanse outside Abu Dhabi. In concept, the plan is breath-takingly ambitious: To create a self-contained, carbon-neutral city of 45,000 people, making use of intense sun and desert breezes to supply their electricity (all funded [...]