International Design Forum: Dezeen Heads to the Sandy Beaches of Dubai


We can’t think of any rational reason why you wouldn’t, but if you weren’t able to make it out to the International Design Forum starting yesterday in Dubai, Dezeen has you covered. They’re live blogging as many events, lectures, etc. as they can on their own site, as well as handling all the coverage on the IDF’s very own site too. Some really interesting things therein, like the report that Rem Koolhaas is releasing, “Al Manakh,” a book about the region, sort of a summary of all that’s going down in that hot bed of architecture and development. Here’s a bit about it:

Al Manakh offers a detailed analysis of the history, culture and architecture of The Gulf region including Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah and discusses the implications of the rapid development of these territories for the rest of the world.

This is the first time that the unprecedented urban condition of this region has been comprehensively documented from diverse viewpoints and communicated to outside the region. Voices of architects, intellectuals and developers making The Gulf happen are represented in the numerous essays and interviews that accompany this richly illustrated study. Key figures such as, Rem Koolhaas, Ole Bouman, and Thomas Krens give their take on the current situation in The Gulf, along with their predictions for the future of this ‘ultimate tabula rasa.’