Discussion of an alumni book and planning in the Middle East
Please join us for a discussion with Jack Dempsey about his late son Michael's diverse experiences as a planner and his book Castles in the Sand: A City Planner in Abu Dabi.
Michael was an alumni of the URP program. After graduating in 2003, he went on to work as a planner in Germany, Detroit, Iraq and eventually Abu Dhabi. His book is a fascinating account of the city building boom that took place in the United Arab Emirates from 2009 to 2011, through the lens of a Western planner.
Please find attached excerpts from Michael's book.