Middle East

March 19, 2010, 11am PDT
The Quartet on the Middle East (the United Nations, the US, the EU and Russia) have issued a statement denouncing the Israeli settlement plan, but Palestinian groups are disappointed that it contains no enforcement provisions.
Al Jazeera English
February 24, 2010, 1pm PST
Seemingly simple, the Jordanian city of Amman has finally managed to build walkable sidewalks.
The New York Times
February 17, 2010, 10am PST
With its ambitious and extravagant plans, Dubai has fallen hard amid the economic bust. Nearby Qatar, on the other hand, is poised to weather the economic storm a little better.
Time
February 1, 2010, 11am PST
The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is the first building to be completed in this ambitious, carbon-neutral city in Abu Dhabi. Thomas Lane of Building takes a tour.
Building
January 26, 2010, 1pm PST
In a region where public participation is often excluded from the planning process, urban planners are hosting a charrette in Abu Dhabi.
Al Bawaba
January 26, 2010, 5am PST
The city of Baghdad is looking to revitalize its Sadr City slum through a $10 billion, 10-year redevelopment plan.
Reuters
January 21, 2010, 12pm PST
While Dubai's fantastical Burj Khalifa is mostly empty and development has ground to a halt, Abu Dhabi continues to develop - and smartly, says Philip Langdon.
New Urban News
Feature
January 21, 2010, 5am PST
The world's tallest building is now open in Dubai. Christopher Corbett takes you up to the 124th floor.
Christopher Corbett
January 16, 2010, 11am PST
Basra and Mosul are Iraq's second- and third-largest cities. In this post, Iraqi journalists talk about the two cities, their evolving public realms and the security issues they face.
The New York Times
January 12, 2010, 11am PST
New video game-like programs are enabling the U.S. military to train for deployment in the middle east. One program is modeled off the urban planning computer game SimCity.
The Atlantic
January 11, 2010, 12pm PST
All the architectural wonders of Dubai don't overshadow the city-state's poor urban planning, according to <em>Chicago Tribune</em> architecture critic Blair Kamin.
Chicago Tribune
January 7, 2010, 5am PST
The Burj Khalifa has opened in Dubai. Now, locals say, the development of the city's public life must begin.
The National
January 4, 2010, 12pm PST
Burj Dubai (now renamed as the Burj Khalifa), the world's tallest building, opened today in Dubai. But with the recent credit crunch and economic recession, the extravagant monument to boom times sits mostly empty.
Los Angeles Times
December 22, 2009, 6am PST
For more than 1,000 U.S. civilians being sent to Afghanistan to aid the nation's political and economic recovery, training starts in a small Indiana city where the Army and National Guard have built a mock Afghan city complex.
The New York Times
December 21, 2009, 7am PST
In this video, a seemingly spontaneous celebration of Hanukkah erupts in a normally sedate Jerusalem public space as masses of people demonstrate their dancing skills to the initial bewilderment, then delight of onlookers.
YouTube
December 7, 2009, 11am PST
Huffington Post has put together a slide show highlighting the over-the-top architecture of Dubai.
Huffington Post
December 3, 2009, 2pm PST
Istanbul, a unique "hinge city" at which East and West intersect, has seen its population possibly quadruple in the last 30 years. This video offers an exploration of its uninhibited potential.
Monocle
Feature
December 3, 2009, 5am PST

The booming desert city of Dubai had ridden high in recent years, but the downturn in the economy has stalled the ambitiously expanding city.

Christopher Corbett
December 2, 2009, 7am PST
Economist Ed Glaeser explains what went wrong in Dubai World.
The New York Times
November 30, 2009, 12pm PST
After years of spectacular growth and even more spectacular architecture, the city state of Dubai is facing crushing debts and has requested a 6-month "standstill" on its repayments.
Huffington Post