Baku, Azerbaijan

New Baku

Azerbaijan’s quest for international recognition (Eurovision 2012, European Games 2015, Formula One 2016, Islamic Games 2017…) is forcing the transformation of Baku, its capital, in a collection of megaprojects that usually lack any cultural connection to this territory. Skyscrapers, artificial islands, extravagant buildings, luxury shops and hotels… Baku is following the Dubai model, and this is of course especially noticeable on the coastline. However, many differences between the historical, geographical and temporal context of these two scenarios suggest that this is not a proper model for Baku.

The objective of this research project is to analyze how the social, environmental, cultural, economic and political layers coexist in the framework described, and how they are affected by the ‘Dubaization’ process.

Year: 2013
Exhibitions: Mediterranean vs Caspian (ÜNS Theatre, Baku, Azerbaijan; April 2014)
Co-authors: Vicente Plaza, Emma Gabaldà
Related design: The Voyage of Geminin


Interviews compilation:
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 Exploring the coastline:

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Context:

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Modelization:

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Mapping:

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Street view:

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Measuring work progress:

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Publication:

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