Foundations of Urbanity


Case Study

Australian Melbourne vs. Emirati Dubai
An Abstract for a PhD Thesis

Adil M. A. Abdelseed

The Epistemic Foundations and Analysis of Urbanity among Cultural, Environmental and Administrative Diversities at the Dawn of the 3rd Millennia

The Epistemic Quest

Since the late years of the 20th century, repeated stories about the marvels of Dubai had hit the media, challenging city managers worldwide to explain its ambitious fast track urban model, which had gone greater momentum till the famous financial turbulences of 2008. The envious neighbors, the skeptic underdeveloped colleagues, and the culturally diverse managers; the story of Dubai became an urban enigma rather than experimental model. The authoritarian-core government system had monopolized the quest further more by interference in the free press in favor of advocating the business model and transactions.

One of the successful episodes of Dubai is the sizable change from knowledge based economy into service one, which had swiftly launched various hospitality and entertainment landmarks topped by winning to host world Expo 2020. However, sighting Dubai to another urban icon will allow to discover not only the true merit of the success, but also the true reasons within the imperfections. Melbourne, with its worldly leadership and debates is great equilibrium to balance the outspoken advocacies and glamorous media

As humane experience is ever evolving and growing, while Dubai by all vocabularies is an urban turning point, which equally include worth analysis achievements and pitfalls, the research would hopefully enable many developed and developing communities to replica or to avoid.

The Challenges

Despite how urban communities would be similar in terms of basic survival needs and functional demands; they would differ in the responses from governing authorities; based on magnitude of common will and funding resources. The physical constraints (or opportunities) may repeated at many cities, yet the associated technologies and urban model would vary creating characteristics and personalities of each. However, the advances of telecommunications, social media and mass monopoly had allowed for common challenges that city managers worldwide confront routinely and most often.

Yet, the citizens are mostly unhappy, unsatisfied and unsure about their urban communities and the efficiency of their future growth and sustainability. This essay will address the epistemic foundations of urban planning and solutions to meet both concerns and hopes of the citizens:

  • Outlook for motivations to citizenship
  • Historical conclusions of urban necessities
  • Lessons learned since WWII
  • Emerged theories and solutions of urbanism
  • Outlook of failed cities

The Case Study

Both of Melbourne and Dubai were launched at the same time, a few years to the dawn of 18th Century, by group of migrants who had chosen a naturally protected creek or bay to hide their settlement from intruders or attackers. Melbourne and Dubai were vibrant at a point of time, which had created the seeds of their evolutions as megacities. Melbourne and Dubai were gifted with capable management and stable course of administration succession that had enabled the continuation of their urban excellence and distinctions. Both cities became a magnet for local and international migrations, which had equally brought more energies, moneys and opportunities for business and livelihood.

The following are the principle concerns for study, analysis and results

  • Geographies, Resources and Economics
  • Demographics, Migrations and Indigenous Patterns
  • Sustainability framework and applications
  • Arrivals, Transit and Wellbeing
  • Safety, Security and Pollution Control
  • Strategies, Futuristics and Sustainability

Statistical Analysis

The research will require various empirical investigations that would try unorthodox approaches to collect comparable data and exercise to reach useful findings. There will be extensive use of online questionnaire and feedback from citizens, managers and intellectuals in both cities, in addition to seek expert advices and judgments in the sophisticated matters. The surveys are usually confronted with serious responses due to time constraints, bored interests and non-incentivized enthusiasm. The researches is familiar with this phenomenon, and had created tools to enable tracking, encouraging and follow up.

The following table summarizes the planned surveys and their target audiences

Citizens Surveys City Managers Surveys

Expert Surveys

The Basic Urban Dreams Planning Challenges Urban Accessibility
Housing Phenomenon Efficiency of Generation Technology Impact
Planning Participation Political Conveniences Roadmap of Urban Planners
Reach out for Services & Amenities Funds & Capitalizations Urban Design Challenges
Urban Happiness Succession Challenges Administration & Management
Smart City-ness Urban Migration Reversing Migration

Typical scientific and statistical analysis tools and graphics will be used through outsourced professional parties to arrive at quantified consensus and factual grassroots.

Findings & Recommendations

This research anticipates and expects to arrive at interesting modeling of neo-urbanism; whereas many orthodox and settled convections are subject for serious shake-up and reshape by the typical modernization evolutions, and by the rebellious informative intellectuality:

  • Governance of Urbanity
  • Wild Evolution of Urbanism
  • The Quest of Citizenship
  • The Urban Roadmap