Deen Sharp

About Deen Sharp

Deen Sharp is a codirector of Terreform, an urban research studio and advocacy group, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also coeditor of Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings (UR, 2016). Sharp’s work explores themes at the intersection of urbanization, social power, and political economy in the Middle East.

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The World The Gulf Has Built

The viewing platform of the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world, provides an exceptional view. On a clear day, you can see Dubai’s towers clustered along its highways and the scattering of urban megaprojects giving way to suburban sprawl. But clear days are increasingly rare on the Arabian Peninsula, due to rising levels of pollution—a significant product of this area’s fossil-fueled urbanization and contribution to climate change over the past 60 years.