In the years leading up to Abu Dhabi’s transition of power in 1966, Sheikh Shakhbut’s reluctance towards development resulted in opposing voices among Abu Dhabians, the British government, and the ruling family.  On the other hand, Shakhbut’s youngest brother Sheikh …

Abu Dhabi as a HUMANISTIC CITY Part 3 – Sheikh Zayed & Al Ain – A Prologue to Abu Dhabi’s Development Read more »

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 »

Initially invited by ARABICON to contribute in the city planning of Abu Dhabi, John Elliott arrived in Abu Dhabi in 1967 and was the architect behind the ARABICON Plan.  Having worked on town planning in Sweden in previous years, he …

INTERVIEW: The Houses that John Built (2010) 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 »

Hong Kong, “Green Wedges” as surveillance and segregation The Israeli is not the first group of people embracing the idea of using greenery to constrain expansion. In fact, Hong Kong had similar ideas as early as in the 1950s. Hong …

Greenery as political means – Hong Kong, Volgagrad and Jerusalem Read more »

The area with the most severe attack was the central district, most of the pre-revolutionary structures were damaged(Bell, 1999), education institutes and housing were shattered into pieces, making 10 thousands citizens become homeless(Raab, 2017), as it was the most vulnerable …

Tashkent Earthquake 1966: Redevelopment with soviet ideology/Developing the city center as the politically important state Read more »