Dubai. Part of the United Arab Emirates, perhaps ten years ago you might never have heard of it. Today that's unlikely since we are talking about the fastest growing city in the world.
When, in the past, we've mentioned Dubai on the program it has tended to be about the city's architectural curiosities. This after all is the city that has emerged out of a desert, has some of the world's biggest and most attention-grabbing buildings, and has even constructed a group of giant artificial islands off its coast to resemble a map of the world. Australia is there, but missing Tasmania!
In Dubai everything seems possible. A modern-day Las Vegas, its growth seems unstoppable. But as foreign workers and tourists continue to flood into Dubai -- 800 new residents arrive every day -- today we're taking time out to look at the realities that are fuelling this city's growth.
Part of the By Design Summer Series, this was first aired on May 31
30 December 2008
ABC Radio National’s By Design is a program about how we shape our world - a vibrant show about people and the things that surround us.
From the cities and buildings we live in to the cars we drive and clothes we wear, the program deals with architecture and material culture, the politics of the built environment and design - all through the prism of our daily lives.
It explains how, through the creative process, human ideas take on tangible form and designers reinvent the world to keep pace with its changing needs and desires, lifting the quality of our lives.
The program explores how design -- the way things look, feel and function -- reflects social change; what the decisions we make as consumers of architecture and everyday objects tell us about who we are.