Learning from... Saadiyat

Talk, 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.

This lecture is part of the Learning from… series.


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