Dubai "a sprawling mess"? and "hell on Earth" according to British architects

Dubai's architecture was recently condemned by UK property developers and architects as "a sprawling mess", as part of a development row currently taking place in Liverpool.

Dubai's architecture was recently condemned by UK property developers and architects as "a sprawling mess", as part of a development row currently taking place in Liverpool.

Bill Maynard, director of Urban Splash's Liverpool office said: ""Dubai is a sprawling mess of hotchpotch architecture-we shouldn't compare ourselves to it. We should be comparing ourselves to Manhattan or Paris."

Maynard was speaking in response to comments made by Martin Wright, development director of Liverpool Vision. Wright had defended a Liverpool tower project in an interview with UK magazine Building Design, saying: "It [the tower] is not of the quality you'd find in Dubai, but what is proposed is not out of place in Liverpool."

Wright was slammed by Liverpool architect Patrick Lynch, who said, "It's a problem if Liverpool Vision's director of development doesn't realise Dubai is hell on Earth...the quality in Dubai is palpably not of a high standard."

Architect of the Burj Dubai, Adrian Smith, defended the architecture in the Emirate, saying: "Manhattan is a 20th Century city; Paris is an 18th and 19th Century city. Dubai will be a 21st Century city. One can't compare these and Liverpool should not be looking to any of these precedents for inspiration. They should be searching within themselves to find their unique paradigm."

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