Testing Ideas in Dubai

Dubai is increasingly attracting architects and planners as a blank slate, and it's becoming a vibrant testing ground for ideas new and extreme.
September 30, 2008, 2pm PDT | Nate Berg
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"The emirate has made its mark on the world stage by creating some of the globe's most iconic buildings. Indeed, one-of-a-kind architecture is a key element of the Dubai "brand," which has attracted architects from around the world, including Canada, to ply their craft, writ large."

"In this wealthy emirate, innovative ideas about function and design are front and centre. Money is no object and even such staid organizations as banks and insurance companies are housed in stunning, eye-catching structures that lend colour and flair to the fast-growing Dubai skyline."

"Over-the-top themed resorts and tourist attractions have grabbed the headlines but there is also a growing demand for commercial space – and that is providing work for an army of consultants, architects and engineers."

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Published on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 in The Globe and Mail
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