The role of ‘Lavish construction schemes’ in ‘Late-late-late’ developing societies: The case of the arab gulf states
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© Steffen Wippel, Katrin Bromber, Christian Steiner and Birgit Krawietz 2014. The case of Saadiyat cultural district in Abu Dhabi is different because it is built ex nihilo on an inhabited island and it invites us to deepen the definition of a cultural district. A cultural district can be understood as a part of a city with a high concentration of cultural places and activities. The term cultural area seems more adequate and preferable than cultural centre, which refers to an institution or building devoted to culture and arts. Umm al Nar Island, beside the gateway to Abu Dhabi Island at its south-eastern side, shows evidence of human settlement five millennia ago and has given its name to an archaeological period. The idea of interaction between various actors in a local community on a local territory is at the core of the district concept. In a cultural district, the synergy between actors is based on culture and culture-driven activities in place of light industry.
Hvidt, Martin, "The role of ‘Lavish construction schemes’ in ‘Late-late-late’ developing societies: The case of the arab gulf states" (2016). Scopus Indexed Books. 47.