Dubai City of Dreams –
A Short Critical History of an Urban Heterotopia
Date(s) - 09/10/2014
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
3F, East Town Building
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Over the last twenty years, Dubai has developed from a regional city into the international hub of the Arabian Gulf, with revenues streaming in from tourism, real estate and financial services. Against this economic and societal backdrop, the city has become known for its skyscrapers, luxury hotels and even man-made islands. This lecture will cover the urban history and the economic development of Dubai, through a critical-philosophical approach which refers to the notion of
heterotopia as formulated by Michel Foucault. Heterotopia refers to spaces that are physical representations or approximations of a utopia, or a ‘parallel space’ that contains undesirable bodies to make a real utopian space possible.
Cristiano Luchetti received his Master of Architecture from Pennsylvania State University and has more than 15 years of experience in the design of large-scale residential, commercial and hospitality developments in Europe, China, India, the Middle East and South East Asia. He is currently Assistant Professor at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, where he teaches architectural design and drawing.
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