Yasser Elsheshtawy presents the second lecture in the series Learning From… the Middle East.Whether presented as a playground for the super-rich, a land of unabashed consumerism, or an exemplary case study for capitalist exploitation – such portrayals ultimately suggest a one-sided dimension of the city of Dubai. The talk will examine the spaces of the everyday, the quotidian and the mundane. In these sites one can find a myriad of interactions among the city’s migrant workers, and assert their legitimacy vis-à-vis the city.
The Learning from… series takes its title from Learning From Las Vegas (1972), Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour’s influential publication, which analysed the commercial strips and architectural symbolism of Las Vegas in order to understand urban sprawl. In this spirit, the series brings together experts to explore specific urban conditions and their relevance to the future development of cities.