The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition, and Distress

The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition, and Distress


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479897254
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 965,525
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Harvey Molotch is
Professor of Sociology at New York University. His books include the classic, Urban Fortunes (with John Logan) and more recently, Against Security: How We Go
Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger

Davide Ponzini is
Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the Department of Architecture and
Urban Studies at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He is the author (with Pier Carlo
Palermo) of Place-making and Urban
, and (with photographer Michele Nastasi), Starchitecture: Scenes, Actors, and Spectacles in
Contemporary Cities

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Introduction: Learning from Gulf Cities Harvey Molotch Davide Ponzini 1

Section I The Gulf as Transnational

1 Giving the Transnational a History: Gulf Cities across Time and Space Alex Boodrookas Arang Keshavarzian 35

2 Problematizing a Regional Context: Representation in Arab and Gulf Cities Amale Andraos 58

3 Mobilities of Urban Spectacle: Plans, Projects, and Investments in the Gulf and Beyond Davide Ponzini 79

Section II Assembling Hybrid Cities

4 A Gulf of Images: Photography and the Circulation of Spectacular Architecture Michele Nastasi 99

5 Planning for the Hybrid Gulf City Laura Lieto 130

6 Planning from Within: NYU Abu Dhabi Hilary Ballon 147

Section III Urban Test Beds for Export

7 Gateway: Revisiting Dubai as a Port City Mina Akhavan 175

8 Exporting the Spaceship: The Connected Isolation of Masdar City Gökçe Günel 194

9 "Two Days to Shape the Future": A Saudi Arabian Node in the Transnational Circulation of Ideas about New Cities Sarah Moser 213

Section IV Audacity, Work-Arounds, and Spatial Segmentation

10 Real Estate Speculation and Transnational Development in Dubai Yasser Elsheshtawy 235

11 Consuming Abu Dhabi Harvey Molotch 256

12 A Quest for Significance: Gulf Oil Monarchies' International Strategies and Their Urban Dimensions Steffen Hertog 276

Conclusion: From Gulf Cities Onward Harvey Molotch Davide Ponzini 300

Acknowledgments 321

About the Contributors 323

Index 327

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