Middle East

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
November 30, 2009, 10am PST
New plans have been released by Gensler that show a proposed expansion of the holy city of Mecca.
The Architect's Journal
November 30, 2009, 5am PST
Last week, officials in Qatar inked a deal with Germany's Deutsche Bahn to develop local and high-speed rail links at an estimated cost of $25 billion.
the transport politic
November 22, 2009, 11am PST
An architect, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer and four civil engineers from Iraq have taken over the base planning for the U.S Army's Basrah base, a small city with electrical, sewage and water systems as well as ongoing construction.
Red Bull Release
November 18, 2009, 12pm PST
Sarah Lazare and Clare Bayard visit Israeli-controlled Hebron and find the city marred by barbed wire, barriers and homes and shops sealed with concrete and metal.
Dialogues Against Militarism
November 18, 2009, 6am PST
With its rich history and wealth of artifacts, palaces, and natural beauty, some wonder if tourism could help Iraq to recover.
BBC News Magazine
November 12, 2009, 9am PST
A former Beirut resident returns to the Lebanese city to find a vibrant and emerging tourist destination, but with many of the quirks of a developing country.
The Guardian