“[Dubai is] a collection of mutually competing theme parks where there exists a monotony of the exceptional,”

says Reinier de Graaf, of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture. So what does that say about the OMA-designed Death Star out-spectacle the other “exceptional” buildings of the Dubai skyline or is it just another generic thread in the tapestry of the Middle-Eastern Metropolis? Will this be a never-ending game of one-upmanship, or will there be some sort of reaction against this new high-tech architecture? A return to The Average. [Arts Journal]