Bahrain is now at a point from which it can never recede. But how can architecture address this politically -- and inarguably urban -- predicament, if architecture can neither help resolve it nor leave it alone?
There is no city that has generated such a complex and multifaceted public campaign for itself. Real-time Doha, however, cannot compete with the city's media frenzy. That's a reality one confronts as soon as the sliding doors open at the airport (the gigantic new one is not yet open).
Deira is often referred to as "Old Dubai," a generalization that only describes a stop on the Dubai visitor's course. To see a gold souk, a fish market. To take an abra ride for no reason other than to take an abra ride.
If any country has learned from the last several decades what architecture can do, Bahrain, as most other Gulf countries, could tell the story of how just a few decades of development can transform a country's shape and its people.
In stark contrast to the US' coast-to-coast approach, Qatar proposes that every match of the 2022 World Cup will be played within an hour's drive from any other. This would be an advantage for both the players and the fans.
For a few sweltering weeks of a Dubai summer, 'Dubai Idol' each year pares down the number of men who have a chance at breaking from the crowd with which they are always associated, if for just a few evenings.