Al Manakh 1

August 2007

After Singapore in the 1980s and China in the 1990s, the next large-scale urbanisation is going ahead at full steam. Al Manakh, a special publication by the periodical Volume, offers a detailed analysis of the history, culture and architecture of the following breeding-ground of modernisation: the coast of the Persian Gulf, and in particular of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras al Khaimah.

Al Manakh is the first book to go in depth into the unprecedented urbanisation of this region from various perspectives and to be published outside the region. Voices of architects, intellectuals and developers making The Gulf happen are represented in the numerous essays and interviews that accompany this richly illustrated study. Key figures such as, Rem Koolhaas, Ole Bouman, and Thomas Krens give their take on the current situation in The Gulf, along with their predictions for the future of this ultimate tabula rasa.


Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf, Bimal Mendis, Todd Reisz, Natalie Al Shami, Ole Bouman, Ursula Schulz- Dornburg, CRIT, Urban Think Tank, Bart Goldhoorn, Monica Nouwens, Ricardo Devesa, Bas Princen , Nader Ardalan, Emiliano Gandolfi, Jose Maria Torres Nada, Andreas Ruby, Roger Cremers, Mark us Miessen, Jiang Jun, Stefano Boeri


Volume#12: Al Manakh 1
496 pages
Binding: Soft-Cover
ISBN 978 90 77966 12 9
Price: € 19,50
Release: May 2007
Managing editor: Arjen Oosterman
Editors: Ole Bouman, Mitra Khoubrou, Rem Koolhaas
Design: Irma Boom Natasha Chandini, Sonja Haller
Publisher: Stichting Archis