How do foreign architects seek inspiration in a culture that is for the most part private?

The New York Time's Nicolai Ouroussoff has interviewed four architects (Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Norman Foster, and I.M. Pei), collecting insight on the pros and cons of construction projects in the Gulf; as well as where architects go to seek inspiration in a culture that is for the most part private, a landscape that is more or less barren, and an urban history that is predominantly oral. In this post, we look at some of the more and less obvious factors that govern architectural and  construction trends in the Arabian Gulf.

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