The United Arab Emirates have undergone a profound globalization process in recent decades. Boris Brorman Jensen critically reviews the architectural development in Dubai and Abu Dhabi based on the following questions: What significance has the absence of public insight had on the architectural production in the two Emirates? What institutional role does architecture play in the all-inclusive private and political one-dimensional room? Most construction is produced by international architects, who are educated on schools that holds traditions tracing back to the emancipation project. What ideas do these practicing guest architects bring with them, and what ideals are they trying to represent? Does a local individuality exist, or has the presumption of a local character become a ‘Genius Logo’? Is architecture totally subjected to a global marketing spirit? Is there any benefit at all in having architecture rooted in a local context, where the ability to express oneself freely in pictures, speech or text does not exist?
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