Razing the Emirates



For many of us, the parched desert expanse of Dubai represents the most extremely fantastical site for experimentation. Herein lies the future of architecture, the future of urbanism, the future of the future. In hopes of tracking the evolution of this brave new word of design, Bidoun asked some of the world’s leading architects—all under the age of twelve—to propose projects for these pages. In the belief that the midget dreamers of today will build a bigger, better tomorrow, they had no parameters within which they had to work, no limitations to speak of.


IT’S A HOTEL AND OFFICE. BLUE IS THE LAKE AND THE ORANGE CIRCLE LOWERS AND GOES UP AND DOWN TO GIVE YOU SHADE. THERE ARE WILLOW TREES BECAUSE THEY GIVE YOU SHADE TOO.
— BADER BAROUDY, 6 YEARS OLD


THIS IS AN ISLAND FOR ROBOTS WHERE THEY LIVE AND RELAX AFTER WORK.
— MAXIM PODGORE, 4 YEARS OLD


PEOPLE AND ANIMALS COME TO THE ZOO TO WATCH THE ANIMALS AND THE WATER SHOW. THE WHISKERS ARE THE VIEWING BALCONIES AND THE TIGER’S STRIPES ARE WINDOWS. YOU STOP THE ANIMALS EATING THE PEOPLE INSIDE WITH GLASS WALLS. IT’S GOING TO BE BUILT IN SHARJAH AND THE RESTAURANT IN THE NOSE.
— KATYA MIRA SHETH, 11 YEARS OLD


CHOCOLATE MAKERS USE THE FACTORY TO MAKE CHOCOLATE AND THEY GIVE IT TO ME.
—WILLIAM HEINTZ, 3 AND 3/4 YEARS OLD


THIS IS A HOUSE OF FISH, SHARKS, DOLPHINS AND OCTOPUSES AND PEOPLE RUN AROUND INSIDE THE OCTOPUS PARK. THE DESIGN IS AN OCTOPUS ON TOP OF A SHELL.
— SABEENA ANJALI SHETH, 8 YEARS OLD


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