Blogger casts critical eye over downtown Dubai

So the Burj Khalifa is finished—what now for Dubai?

### http://www.architectsmagazine.com January 06, 2010 8:43 PM
Architect: Beyond Buildings blog
Instant Metropolis
By Aaron Betsky
Phoenix meets Hong Kong, Instant Urbanism, Go Go Architecture—none of it quite describes Dubai. The Burj Khalifa (see my previous post) is only the exclamation point to the tectonic uplift of real estate development that has created not just one, but several human-made mountain ranges rising out of the flat desert next to the Gulf. Flying out last night, it all spread out below me.

Dubai is an act of self-conscious citymaking, a will to metropolitan status. Build it and they will come—and they have.

What are lacking are many of the amenities that make cities work, from public open space to mass transportation, from cultural facilities to sports stadia. Dubai is building some of them…
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-Aaron Betsky is the director of the Cincinnati Art Museum, and in 2008 he was director of the 11th Venice International Architecture Biennale. Trained as an architect at Yale, he has published more than a dozen books on art, architecture, and design and teaches and lectures about design around the world. Aaron worked for Frank O. Gehry and Associates and Hodgetts & Fung Design Associates as a designer, taught for many years at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and between 1995 and 2001 was curator of architecture and design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. From 2001 to 2006 he was director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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