There is something fascinating at the heart of Dubai. Time is its standard as it chases after a kind of satiety. The city’s two creeds must be read in a kind of superlative bidding war, the highest or the greatest, combined with an eccentric dimension. Simultaneously a futuristic city with innovative architecture, global shopping center (e.g. Dubai Mall and its giant aquarium), super-kitsch or stylishly-designed holiday resort, or intercontinental hub, Dubai is the ultimate stage.
Abu Dhabi balances on a knife edge, between being anchored in a centuries-old tradition and a future yet to be built, and the two are not always compatible. Sitting on oil wealth that has its limits, the attraction exercised by imported international standards, the desert as a backdrop; the capital of the United Arab Emirates is located on a chessboard comprised of contradictions and juxtapositions that are to varying degrees both radical and unique. Five stops in the city show the main outlines and question the city in transition.
The imperial or princely residences, such as the Hofburg and Albertina in the city center, the Belvedere Palace that lies further out, or Schönbrunn Palace on the city’s outskirts, are all representative of a political use of architecture. They have a dual function: to be an incarnation of the established order and to symbolize the cultural model of the dynastic and absolutist Europe of the 17th and 18th centuries. An elitist culture which is in complete opposition to popular culture.
Here are some of our favorite sites: a mix of contemporary architecture, Grands Cafés from the Belle Epoque, the Jugendstil spirit, and unusual places. Exploring Vienna for a weekend means diving head first into a Mitteleuropa culture. If Vienna is comprised of multiple facets that lie beneath the surface, the puzzle and the spirit of Central Europe are revealed.
MARRAKECH, 2018 Version française en seconde partie The international airport of Marrakech subjugates by its aesthetic dimension. Playing on sensitive antipodes like full and empty, or geometric, straight lines and curves, it is like a pure diamond between the blue of the sky and the red ocher of the earth. A gigantic sphere of glass…
ESSAOUIRA, 2018 Version française en seconde partie The former Mogador entrenched in its walls looks out to sea. There is still an 18th century fortress here that is classed as a UNESCO World Heriatge site. The site has been a prosperous trading post since antiquity, and a crossroads of sub-Saharan African land routes and sea…
MARRAKECH, 2018 Version française en 2ème partie Looking out on the foothills of the Atlas mountains, Marrakech is above all a fusion of the senses. It is fed by constant movement and a frenzy of immediacy. Havens of peace punctuate the urban space amidst the tumult and continuous hubbub. Follow us as we explore what…
Like the backbone of a whale, the Völklingen factory near Saarbrücken is the framework on which an economic and social history has been built. The drive for technological development, the organization of a capitalist system, the war effort, nationalisms, as well as its post-industrial use and development as a heritage site emerge concurrently and immediately….
Far removed from the traditional images and reviews of Alsace, we can provide you with a novel experience. Whether you are a wine lover or neophyte, we invite you to discover the region’s captivating landscape. Here is a getaway that’s out of the ordinary, and highly recommended for photographers!
Gleaming 17th century facades follow each other along circular canals. Bunches of cyclists chase each other relentlessly. Tourists dressed in their Sunday best stroll around, amazed but confused. Canal highways busy with all sorts of boats and prestigious museums decorated with long waiting lines. Large avenues with major brands, quirky side streets, fragments of ultra-modern urban planning, houseboats as a way of life, peripheral areas being redeveloped, pieces of street art scattered through the city.
Rotterdam is surrounded by large arterial roads that cross the city from one side to the other and wide canals that constantly greet the eye, and it opens onto an immense port that handles millions of containers from all over the world. However, Rotterdam also offers some very distinctive, unusual urban gems. If the port represents one end of the scale, the other is the mixture of an inspired, elegant skyline and redeveloped, renovated industrial buildings.
Détournant les yeux de la Vieille Europe, minée par les rivalités impérialistes et les crises économiques à répétition, les migrants rêvaient d’un monde meilleur qui ferait sauter les chaînes de leur misère et crèverait les yeux de leur identité sociale, économique, culturelle et politique asservie. L’autre côté du miroir ne serait pas toujours étincelant et érigerait parfois des mirages et des châteaux de cartes, sorte d’utopies à rebours.
Rotterdam et Amsterdam sont en mouvement et cherchent des pistes pour se réinventer. Rotterdam est la ville en devenir qui ne se laisse pas apprivoiser, comme un état d’urgence qui rend sa lisibilité aléatoire et fait penser à un rubik’s cube géant. Amsterdam subit son patrimoine et son héritage et doit les dépasser en quelques sortes. Amsterdam possède les atouts d’une beauté déjà ridée quand Rotterdam est vive et espiègle. Parcourir les deux villes de manière quasi simultanée est très stimulant par toutes les oppositions qu’elles mettent en scène.
Bourj Hammoud is a kind of coruscation, a quixotic conflation that superimposes strata of reality and emotions. It is a finite place that has no end, because its identity is composite, volatile and sometimes illusory.
Beyrouth possède une musique particulière et sensible. Tout à la fois ouverte, sectaire, cosmopolite, standardisée, partisane, dévote et bling-bling, la ville est en devenir et son futur peut se réinventer au-delà des frontières qui la cadenassent. La ville est aussi un entre-deux temporel ou autrement dit à un tournant de son histoire.
Lorsque l’on tente de se projeter en Asie du Sud-Est, on s’imagine le chaos d’un Extrême-Orient vu de l’Occident, l’atmosphère suffocante, les odeurs de street food envahissantes, une foule motorisée fourmillante, un tourisme déviant, un danger permanent.
As the early afternoon torpor settles, we turn on a coastal road. Our gaze plunges into striking ravines. The road seems to go down to the shore. At the end, under ever-present winds, we see a rocky coastline, steep, inhospitable, rugged. White foam strikes the shore. A church, looking like it was built yesterday, stands in this moon-like setting. It is so isolated that it must be a church for intergalactic pilgrims. Another road calls us.