"Underpinnings for an Arid Urbanism" by Chris Reed
"Disappearing Mangroves" by Scott Bishop
in Invention / Transformation: Strategies for the Qattara / Jimi Oases in Al Ain
Edited by Jorge Silvetti and Felipe Correa
Published 2010 by Harvard Graduate School of Design
340 pages
Invention / Transformation: Strategies for the Qattara / Jimi Oases in Al Ain, 2010
The work presented in this publication documents a one year investigation - through design studios at the Harvard University GSD - of the Qattara / Jimi Oases in Al Ain (United Arab Emirates). This research initiative, sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), explores the time-honored tradition of the oases as facilitators of settlement in the region, and examines their inherent potential to act as new forms of collective space for present day Al Ain.