Volume 23: Al Manakh Cont'd
Editor: Todd Reisz AMO, Archis Foundation, Pink Tank, NAi, 2010
"From informal summer gatherings of Arabia's jeunesse dorée, to the deepest recesses of Riyadh's royal palaces, to the teetering international accountants' empires that are restructuring Dubai World's debt, to Doha's brisk internationalism, to the sanctums of China's think tanks, a new Arab world is being plotted and planned. The entire Gulf is teeming with initiatives - from the most public to the most private - to change and reinvent seemingly immutable rules, regimes, edicts, and assumptions, culminating, perhaps, in the stated intention of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman to work more closely together in the Gulf Cooperation Council... As we witness the very moment when the proven hollowness and corruption of our own system gives us pause, there is every reason to take such integration very seriously. But the Gulf states have a past, and they will have a future. The contours of that future are readable even now amidst the signs of disarray. Al Manakh: Gulf Continued is a mosaic of over 140 articles, mostly written 'from the ground', that document the Gulf's moment where a superfast train speeding through the impassive sands of the desert is more than wishful thinking."
—Introduction by Rem Koolhaas