Both thrilling and frightening, massive urban growth is one of the global features of our time. City+ explores striking developments in regions at the forefront of this growth, the regions where global capital has most recently taken hold and it’s reverberations are most dramatic and visible. Reflected in the structures and transformations are the opportunities, challenges and social shifts globalisation can bring. City+ probes at the narratives therein.
Having worked as a photographer since 2000 I have been lucky to have photographed in these regions - the Middle East, India and China - many times. This series of photographs began in 2014.
In Doha and Dubai brand new skylines have shot up in the last few decades. Their epic planning has produced readymade arenas for global finance and cultural showcasing. A new streamlined urbanisation to immediately put themselves on the map.
Cairo is a striking contrast; The uncoordinated sprawl of homes and bulky neighbourhoods fitted in and around the city, stand in sharp relief to the pre-designed separated affluent districts such as Cairo Festival City.
Marassi on the Egyptian north coast, is a vast pre-designed urban complex. 120 km east of Alexandria and being built over decades, it is a resource hungry inversion of desert and harsh coastline into residential, leisure and commercial facilities.
Already huge cities in India and China are being reconfigured for consumerism, corporate culture and mass migration.
Daria Island construction, Dubai
Landscaping and infrastructure, Cairo Festival City
Landscaping & villas, Cairo Festival City
West Bay skyline on reclaimed land, Doha
Construction & excavation for Doha metro
Hotel, Musheireb Downtown District regeneration, Doha