This is the first book ever to examine the architecture and urbanism of the Persian Gulf as a complete entity, dealing equally with conditions on the eastern Iranian shoreline as in Arabic countries on the western side. By inviting a range of architects and scholars to write about historical and contemporary influences on 14 cities along both Gulf coastlines, the book traces the changes in architecture and human settlement in relation to environmental factors and particularity of place. It provides an innovative contribution to the study of architecture and globalisation through a detailed investigation of this particular region, investigating how buildings and cities are being shaped as a result. A set of thematic essays at the end offer important insights into issues of globalisation, urbanism and environmental design, drawing from the experience of the Persian Gulf. The outcome is a unique record of the Gulf in the early-21st century at a point when global capitalism is making major inroads and yet questions of architectural design, climate change, ecological sustainability, cultural identity and so-called 'Facebook Democracy' are likewise shaking up the Middle Eastern region. The book thus offers a fresh reading of the architecture and urbanism of a fascinating and often contradictory region, while also showing how globalisation can be analysed in a more engaged and integrated manner.

chapter 1|20 pages


ByMurray Fraser

part |2 pages

Part I Western Coastline of Persian Gulf

chapter 2|14 pages

British Architects in the Gulf, 1950–1980

ByTanis Hinchcliffe

chapter 3|20 pages

Kuwait City, Kuwait

ByGwyn Lloyd Jones

chapter 4|28 pages

Dammam, Saudi Arabia Mashary Al-Naim

chapter 5|28 pages

Manama, Bahrain

ByAli A. Alraouf

chapter 6|24 pages

Doha, Qatar

ByRobert Adam

chapter 7|26 pages

Abu Dhabi, UAE

ByOlivia Duncan, Sonny Tomic

chapter 8|26 pages

Dubai, UAE

ByKevin Mitchell

chapter 9|24 pages

Shopping Malls in Dubai

ByNicholas Jewell

chapter 10|14 pages

Sharjah, UAE

ByHassan Radoine

part |2 pages

Part II Eastern Coastline of Persian Gulf

chapter 11|30 pages

Abadan and Khorramshahr, Iran

ByNasser Golzari

chapter 12|30 pages

Bushehr, Iran

BySemra Aydinli, Avsar Karababa

chapter 13|22 pages

Kangan and Banak, Iran

ByReza Shafaei

chapter 14|24 pages

Kish Island, Iran

ByTim Makower

chapter 15|16 pages

Bandar Abbas, Iran

ByWidari Bahrin

part |2 pages

Part III Contemporary Design Approaches

chapter 16|26 pages

Sustainable Identity: New Paradigms for the Persian Gulf

ByNader Ardalan

chapter 17|12 pages

Reflections on a Wind-Catcher: Climate and Cultural Identity

BySusannah Hagan

chapter 18|24 pages

Doha Renaissance: Msheireb Reborn

ByTim Makower

chapter 19|22 pages

The Scale of Globalisation

ByMurray Fraser