The Middle East was the cradle of civilization, once lush and verdant lands ravaged by over-farming, over-population, and ensuing desertification. Modern cities like Dubai in the UAE seek to prolong their existence via their last resource, oil, building vast and bizarre structures in the water and on land in hopes of bringing in business people like tourists to a theme park. It may work. If it doesn’t, this is what it will look like.
Two Danish artists/photographers Haubitz and Zoche traveled the Sinai peninsula in 2007 seeking future echoes of ruin, grand visions of hotels and resorts lying bare-boned and uncompleted in the wind-swept desert. In 2008 they held an exhibition of their works. I learnt of their images from the building blog. You can find more about the exhibition here (finished), and about them at their site here.
Deck of Cards Hotel
Temple of Artemis
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RUINS / HAIKYO
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