The man-made peninsula Palm Jumeirah on the coast of Dubai is a project of superlatives and an exemplary model for the gated communities and resorts that have developed worldwide in property bubbles. The development may be spectacular, but cannot conceal the fact that the former marketing success story is faced with serious problems. How can an isolated anti-urban exclave be opened up and integrated? Can issues concerning networking, the public sphere and affordable housing, as well as climate change adaptation, biodiversity and the supply of energy be resolved through targeted tactical interventions? The Charter of Dubai is a manifesto of critical urban transformation. It subversively encourages the conversion of isolated quarters into a socially and ecologically open urban space. The detailed catalogue of the individual measures, richly illustrated with clear sketches and references, make the Charter a handbook for urban transformation that takes account of the social and the ecological.
With a foreword by Philipp Misselwitz, an essay by Kees Christiaanse and an interview with the planners of the Palm Jumeirah.
The introduction to the book is available here.