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Today, the role of modern architecture seems to begin and end with a statement of intent, in this case a terrifyingly literal imposition of science fiction values into the real world. Increasingly, whenever renders are used to whip up a social, cultural or political idyll, detail is subsumed beneath a rosy glow of reflected sunlight on shimmering water and glassy facades, more an indication of advanced rendering techniques than architectural innovation.
Although the arcitechture in Dubai is amazing (one of my favourites being the Dubai skyscraper with rotating floors), I can't help thinking of the contrast with the workers livesThat is, of course, if they get past the airport police, who are paid by the arrest and throw people into jail for having suspicious-looking dirt on their shoes. Or Asian features.
It'd take a dictatorship to raze a whole city and build everything from scratch, and while that would be pretty, I think the cost in liberty would be a bit too high for me.
Uh... Like Napoleon and (half of) Paris? It burned first, I suppose. Worked for him, though. As much as anything in his crazy crazy life did. In other words, it has been done. And could happen again; I wouldn't put it past some type to, uh, 'arrange' for a fire/flood/such disaster that would require the razing and rebuild of a major city. Just a thought.