Building cities from scratch in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

What we build.
April 24 2008 6:54 AM

If You Build It

Two visions of the ideal city rise in the Persian Gulf.

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Witold Rybczynski is Slate's architecture critic His latest book is The Biography of a Building: How Robert Sainsbury and Norman Foster Built a Great Museum. Visit his Web site. Follow him on Twitter.