Category: Abu Dhabi

A shining city on a desert hill? Part 2, the messy reality

21 October, 2010 (15:07) | Abu Dhabi, Architecture, Cities, Design, Innovations, Urbanization |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]    By: David A. Smith    Yesterday, while working through a supercilious New York Times profile by architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff of the rising new Abu Dhabi desert city of Masdar, which after several years of envisioning is now rising from the desert:   Y’all gonna have a football stadium […]

A shining city on a desert hill? Part 1, the clean vision

20 October, 2010 (13:34) | Abu Dhabi, Architecture, Cities, Design, Innovations, Urbanization |

By: David A. Smith   Because infrastructure is an enormous fixed and largely non-recoverable cost, changes to an established city tend to be incremental, hence patchwork, so if we are going to build truly visionary twenty-first century cities that use generation-skipping technology, they may well arise as complete new visions.    NYT: Does that look […]