Learning from... Saadiyat

Lecture, in English, Paul-Desmarais Theatre, 21 August 2014 , 6pm

“Saadiyat Island is a “dreamscape” created by Tourism Development & Investment Company just half a kilometer from downtown Abu Dhabi. It is an amalgam of luxury residential areas, 5-star resorts and golf courses crowned by a Cultural District containing a hallucinatory collection of museums designed by five Pritzker Prize winners.

Is this the future of private development?

Rachel Keeton is author of Rising in the East: Contemporary New Towns in Asia and project leader of the “New Towns: Africa program” at the International New Town Institute. Private developers, she says, are building more like Saadiyat, where the “chaotic and compromised” city championed by Rem Koolhaas has met its match.

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”

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