Kuwaiti Regionalism

How can an architect respond to the loss of cultural identity in Kuwait? This is a job for the Smithsons!

Excerpt from article published by LOBBY Magazine, The Bartlett School of Architecture:

The discovery of oil in Kuwait around 1940 was almost immediately accompanied by a loss of cultural identity. For instance, a traditional Arabian port—that was originally used for pearl diving and selling local goods—was now put to the service of a prospering city. Architects raced to win big, lucrative contracts, while the rushed masterplans of the inexperienced government were at best haphazardly developed, as they were competing with other oil-rich countries in the region (like Dubai) to develop Western-style buildings and spaces. In this mad race, both the architects and the government overlooked the preservation of local cultural identity…

Read the full illustrated article here.

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