Sunday, August 07, 2011

And anyone can go to Dubai

In the Financial Times, Christopher Caldwell muses on the latest World's Tallest Tower project in Jeddah:

A well-designed building in Jeddah could enhance the visits of the millions of pilgrims who pass through it each year on their way to Mecca. On the other hand, a badly designed building could make a pilgrimage to Mecca feel more like a shopping weekend in Dubai.

Above, the garish Big Ben imitation overlooking the central courtyard in Mecca.  The complex includes a massive mall, hotels, and luxury apartments.

Photo: Salah Malkawi for the New York Times.

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