Gulf cities have followed similar paths of urbanization and architecture shaped by state planning and commercial development. While local differences exist, all reflect the demands of government and business, with little attention paid to civic requirements and public spaces.
Recent events across the globe, from the Occupy movements to the 2011 Arab uprisings, have brought the role of cities in political life to the forefront. However, with few exceptions, Gulf cities are known more as glittering global consumer capitals than places of civic engagement or political struggle.
With a dynamic younger generation rising in the Gulf, what is the public’s role, especially youth, in the remaking of their cities?
The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington (AGSIW) is hosting an interdisciplinary discussion on 17 June 2015 at 12:00pm entitled "Gulf Youth and the City" that will draw on architecture, sociology, anthropology, and geography to study contemporary changes in Gulf cities, the youth’s interaction with physical space, and the causes and consequences of these trends. Speakers include Farah al-Nakib (American University of Kuwait and Jadaliyya co-editor) and Diane Singerman (American University, Washington). Kristin Smith Diwan (AGISW) will moderate the discussion.
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