The Kuwait Urbanization

In her work Kuwait Transformed, Farah Al-Nakib writes that, “In 1960 the government hired Palestinian-American architect Saba George Shiber in the Ministry of Public Works (to be planning adviser and official architect). He was shocked by what he saw. He believed that Kuwait was an unfortunate victim of modern planning, and he described the impact of oil on its urban and social landscapes as ‘meteoric, radical, ruthless.’” She continues that Shiber, “felt foreign “experts” had led Kuwait down the wrong path of urban development, he lamented the destruction of the organically formed pre-oil town and its replacement with abstract planning and architectural influences that had no place, precedent, or purpose. His main contribution was the development of a new central business district in the heart of the city… only half of his plan was ever implemented.” In 1964, Shiber published The Kuwait Urbanization, which the following images come from.

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