To Withdraw like a Monk and Live like a Prince: Learning from Saadiyat Island

Lecture at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, August 21, 2014, by Rachel Keeton

INTI researcher Rachel Keeton presented a lecture on the New Town Saadiyat Island. Saadiyat Island is a “dreamscape” created by Tourism Development & Investment Company just half a kilometer from downtown Abu Dhabi. It is an amalgam of luxury residential areas, 5-star resorts and golf courses crowned by a Cultural District containing a hallucinatory collection of museums designed by five Pritzker Prize winners. Based on research for the book Rising in the East: Contemporary New Towns in Asia, this lecture has –according to the audience- quite an outspoken view on the consequences of private urban development.