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Dubai: Wonder of the World in Crisis

Authors 
Harald Bodenschatz

Hotel Atlantis in Dubai<br>&copy; Harald BodenschatzThe turbo pace of urban design in Dubai has slackened since autumn 2008. Real estate business is grinding to a halt. Foreign construction workers and experts are losing their jobs. The flaws of the social and economic Über-Orient are being exposed through the crisis.

After years of continuing reports from Dubai on architectural records being broken and new wonders of the world being built, the Western news media now rushes to announce the failure of a hypertrophic urban vision. The New York Times sees Dubai’s economy “in free fall” (02.12.2009), the Guardian speaks of a crisis of the “shrine to unbridled capitalism” (02.13.2009) and the Independent looks behind “the dark side of Dubai”  (04.02.2009).

Die europäische Großstadt: Version 3.0

Authors 
Harald Bodenschatz

Veröffentlicht auf den Seiten der Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung.

Alle sprechen von der Renaissance der Stadt, mal euphorisch, mal skeptisch, und meinen damit die (mittel-)europäische Großstadt, vor allem deren Zentrum. Die "Renaissance der Stadt" zeigt sich zuallererst an der Rückkehr besser verdienender Bürgerinnen und Bürger, manchmal Urbaniten genannt, in die Innenstädte - als Touristen, Bewohner, Werktätige und Kunden, aber auch an der Verbreitung fußgängerfreundlicher, attraktiv gestalteter öffentlicher Räume, die zu Erlebnisräumen und Bühnen der Selbstdarstellung dieser Urbaniten werden. Neue oder erneuerte Museen, große Ausstellungen, Musikevents, aber auch unzählige Ereignisse der Pop Culture ziehen erwartungsfrohe Menschen in die Innenstädte.