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Background to the Foreground: Bahrain's Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale

Todd Reisz | Posted 12.01.2012 | Arts
Todd Reisz

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?

"Doha Is a Colosseum"

Todd Reisz | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Todd Reisz

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).

Making Sense of the City

Todd Reisz | Posted 08.27.2011 | Books
Todd Reisz

Just about every writer in this installment makes it clear: each city is unique. But that doesn't settle our craving to look for what makes a city a city.

Bahrain: A Roundabout Way to Signifying Nothing

Todd Reisz | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Todd Reisz

The roundabout, or traffic circle, represents the strides of modernization that the British presence unfurled in Bahrain. A symbol of unrest might be gone, but Bahrain is far from being stable again.

Deira Modern, Notes on Dubai

Todd Reisz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Todd Reisz

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.

Soul-Searching at Dubai's Cityscape (Slideshow)

Todd Reisz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Todd Reisz

First it was "booming Dubai," and then "sinking Dubai." Two years into one of its most cathartic states ever, where do things stand for Dubai?

Reclaim Bahrain

Todd Reisz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Todd Reisz

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.

Rank My City: The Singles Charts of the City-Building Business

Todd Reisz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Todd Reisz

It is often the cities not making the ranks that can be the most lively and exciting, even if their cafes still use white plastic chairs and the streets aren't pedestrianized.

Riyadh's Icon-Clad Perspectives

Todd Reisz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Todd Reisz

2010-08-19-Screenshot20100819at1.33.19PM.pngFor many observers, the Gulf region's unfailing fixation with the iconic represents the deflated essence of architecture.

Abu Dubai: A City Never Founded Yet Meant to Be

Todd Reisz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Todd Reisz

Abu Dhabi and Dubai, two Emirati cities separated by only 120 km of highway, seem to be simultaneously competing and yet prepared to help each other out.

Qatar's Bid for World Cup 2022: To Build a Nation or a Region?

Todd Reisz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Todd Reisz

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.

Two Idols, a Song and Some Money Transfers

Todd Reisz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Todd Reisz

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.

The Architect as a City Critic

Todd Reisz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Todd Reisz

[This article was written with Rory Hyde.] The architect, perhaps more than other professionals, is a mythical figure. He projects a marriage of exp...