Linda Tischler Does Dubai, Zaha Doesn’t

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Fast Company writer Linda Tischler writes to tell us she’s now seen it all–she’s just returned from the International Design Forum in Dubai and if she can sum the Dubai experience up in one word, it’s “whoa.”

Tischler talks real estate including a pretty awesome description of Dubai’s unique urban fabric. And, as a woman after our own heart, she dishes on who made an appearance at the conference: Paola Antonelli, Marcel Wanders, Oliviero Toscani, Karim Rashid (DJing, per usual). And, more importantly, who didn’t:

International superstar architect Zaha Hadid, who actually managed to make it onto the final, printed program, was AWOL nonetheless. Her participation on these things has evidently become running joke–Zaha, the International No-Show–in design circles. At a dinner in New York during ICFF, Tony Chambers, editor of Wallpaper, estimated that she appears approximately twice for every 10 commitments she makes. If you’re planning on attending a conference because she’s scheduled to appear, buy trip insurance first.