Common Vision John Elliott was a British architect.  He studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London (commonly known as the AA), the Central School of Art, as well as the Institute of Technology in Helsinki, Finland.  After …

Abu Dhabi as a HUMANISTIC CITY Part 2 – Common Vision: John Elliott’s Scandinavian Values and Sheikh Zayed’s Islamic Faith Read more »

Abdulrahman Makhlouf is an important role in the history of Abu Dhabi’s urban planning.  Born in Egypt, he arrived in Abu Dhabi in November 1968, when he immediately began making drawings and sketches of both the existing fabric and development …

INTERVIEW: Plans the Earth Swallows: An Interview with Abdulrahman Makhlouf (2013) Read more »

The Long-Anticipated Change In the summer of 1963, a royal wedding took place in Buraimi, and hundreds of guests from neighbouring states attended.  Despite the intense heat, dancing continued day and night.  Camel and horse races occupied the guests who …

Abu Dhabi as an INSTANT CITY Part 2 – Torn Between Bedouin Lifestyle and Modernity Read more »

This is a scene captured in the video titled “Abu Dhabi Aerial, 1960’s” by Huntley Film Archives.  This clip documents Abu Dhabi views in the 1960’s, when the city mostly consisted of sand dunes, mud brick houses and traditional souks.  …

Contrasting Images of Bedouin Primitiveness and a Modern Lifestyle (Part 2) Read more »

“The baby camel lay only a few feet away from the chocolate brown Mercedes in the marketplace of Abu Dhabi, choking and writhing and rolling its eyes.” (Emerson, 1968) This is the opening sentence in Gloria Emerson’s news article “A …

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The Old Inner City Wall is no longer there to guard Beijing's inner city.

  Old Inner City Wall of Beijing was demolished by the mid-1960s as the Communist Party was desperate to dismantle the old Beijing and bring in new elements. 50 years ago Beijing was the world’s well preserved ancient city and …

Beijing 1960s / Old Inner City Wall Read more »