192 pages | 30 B/W Illus.
Desert Paradises: Surveying the Landscapes of Dubai’s Urban Model explores how designed landscapes can play a vital role in constructing a city’s global image and legitimizing its socio-political hierarchy. Using the case study of Dubai, Bolleter explores how Dubai’s rulers employ a paradisiacal image of greening the desert, in part, as a tool for political legitimization.
Bolleter also evaluates the designed landscapes of Dubai against the principles of the United Nations and the International Federation of Landscape Architects and argues that what is happening in Dubai represents a significant discrepancy between theory and practice.
This book offers a new perspective on landscape design that has until now been unexplored. It would be beneficial to academics and students of landscape architecture, urban design and urban planning – particularly those with an interest in Dubai or the many cities in the region that are experiencing Dubai-ification.
"Desert Paradises is a superb analysis of the development of urban landscape in Persian Gulf
with a focus on Dubai. This fascinating and historically informed account sheds new light on
nuances of landscape urbanism and the complex politics behind it. Providing an original and
impactful contribution to landscape design, history and practice, Bolleter handles both breadth and
depth of the development of landscape in Dubai with balance and solid supportive arguments.
This indispensable study would be an inspiring reading for experts from various fields, including
but not limited to, geographers, urban planners, designers, architects, and historians of
contemporary Middle East."
Mohamad Gharipour, Morgan State University, USA
1. Introduction 2. Dubai briefing 3. Paradisiacal landscapes 4. Urban and desert landscapes 5. Challenges in practice 6. The potential of Landscape Urbanism in Dubai 7: Conclusion
The series is explicitly designed for the publication of scholarly works in landscape and closely related disciplines, and is aimed at academic libraries across the world. Building on Routledge’s history of academic rigor and cutting edge research, the series will contribute to the rapidly expanding literature in all areas of landscape.
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