Katrina is a contemporary arts editor/writer and TCK based in the Middle East with a special fondness for abject art, gourmet cheese and asking too many questions.
Eight Books on the Growth of Middle Eastern Super Cities
These eight books outline the continuous battle between political and economic growth, historical preservation, contentious social concerns, and homegrown cultural evolution, primarily in the Gulf States.
From Another View: Deepak Unnikrishnan’s "Temporary People"
Deepak Unnikrishnan's collection of 28 short stories, "Temporary People" is rife with residency, race, class, gender, isolation and identity; issues that resonate with any culture.
In Her Footsteps: A Review of Lauren Elkin's "Flâneuse, Women Walk the City"
Poetic, thoughtful, intelligent and to the point, Lauren Elkin's "Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London" speaks to a specific set of privileged, educated, and largely Westernized women
New Apartment Architecture: Is Space a Luxury, or a Right?
With cities growing at a dizzying pace, the need for architectural housing projects is greater than ever. "Building Community: New Apartment Architecture" presents projects that take into account sustainable city living and new ways to shape and share space
Probing the Depths of What Makes Us Human with Design: The Invention of Desire
Katrina Kufer reviews Jessica Helfand's book "Design: The Invention of Desire" that shows us how designed objects make us feel, as well as how and why they motivate our behavior.
The United Arab Emirates, A Place For Memories?
“Imagine if Dubai were buried in sand and discovered after hundreds of years – what would people think!” remarked one writer well versed in the region, glancing at the buildings lining Sheikh Zayed Road.