What is urbanism? Why do we critique? What is Kuwait City?
Before we begin deconstructing and analyzing Kuwait City we have to be able to clearly define the basic nomenclature involved. Our goal in re:kuwait is to broaden the discussion beyond the esoteric echo-chamber of architects and urban designers. As such, it is necessary to begin by understanding the basic concepts of urbanism.
Urbanism is the study of cities. It is the integration of the geographic, economic, political, social and cultural parameters that generate our built environment. It is understanding why cities are the way they are; and imagining how they could be. It is the study of how people live in cities and how the built environment responds to or generates changes in urban function.
A critique is the process of understanding, analyzing and passing judgment on something. There is no shame in offering a critique or accepting one, yet in our conservative Arab culture it is often seen as a personal attack. To be be critiqued is not an admission of weakness, but an opportunity to explore multiple viewpoints through collective analysis. We have to shed this useless armor and expose our ideas to criticism and interpretation.
We begin this process without preconceptions. We will use all the tools at our disposal to analyze and critique the urbanism of Kuwait City. Our goal is to understand how the urban evolution of the City has come about as well as propose solutions to the serious problems that have developed. We begin this process by asking the simplest and most fundamental question; What is Kuwait City?