Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dubai urban development: down but not out

Very interesting article in the LA Times about urban development Dubai-style. How while certainly hard hit by the global turndown, Dubai will very likely pull out and continue its development path. And -- most interesting -- how the Dubai model of urban development is being exported to other cities around the world, to Shanghai, yes, but also to Los Angeles.

"Dubai -- its neighborhoods unburdened by history, its developers unconstrained by zoning codes, preservation battles or community activism -- {is} an unusually pure, unfiltered example of what new cities look like in the age of globalization."