The intermittently interesting, occasionally dull blog of not very well known SF writer Alastair Reynolds
Nice pic, somewhat reminiscent of Blade Runner. Dubai is a very "sci-fi" kind of city, with the artificial islands and ridiculously tall sky scrapers...would love to visit one day.
Combine Citadel on the right there...
Very Chris Foss-like.
It's great to see that cultural identity imprinted in architecture lives on even through Western modernization.
Traditional cultural styles and motifs are usurped as thematic elements in corporate architecture as an marketing technique. Very Disneyesque and also a very ancient strategy for garnering support for large projects at the pleasure of those who dangle the purse strings. It is inspired by a cynical desire to attract the egos of the consumers of the space. What was once a beautiful expression of local inventions of technological and design solutions to environmental constraints and human requirements has been lost in amalgamation and echo, or so it seems to me. The expressions of modern architecture as a fanfare to global man seem to me to be more artful and interesting despite their gimmickry and pandering to inselcurities.