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Charting the Potential of Landscape Urbanism in Dubai


  • Julian Bolleter


Landscape Urbanism has been, to date, a theory emerging primarily from the Western world. This paper counters the Western focus by exploring the potential of Landscape Urbanism theory in Dubai. In a previous article published by the author, landscape architecture in Dubai has been identified as diverging from the tenets of the various charters of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), having apparently scant regard for pressing ecological, social and cultural design issues. Landscape Urbanism in this paper is discussed with respect to its ability to bolster the practice of landscape architecture in Dubai in relation to these issues. The paper argues that a number of key facets of Landscape Urbanism appear difficult to reconcile with the ecological, social and cultural conditions of Dubai. Further to this, it tends to lack the tools by which landscape urbanists in Dubai could link theory with practice.

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  • Julian Bolleter, 2015. "Charting the Potential of Landscape Urbanism in Dubai," Landscape Research, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(5), pages 621-642, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:clarxx:v:40:y:2015:i:5:p:621-642
    DOI: 10.1080/01426397.2014.967189

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