Since the discovery of oil in 1946, city planning in Kuwait has led to suburbanization, socio-spatial segregation, privatization, and functional zoning. Inhabitants have been deprived of their right to the city: a right to centrality, a vibrant urban life, and to shape and use city spaces for their needs and desires. Since 2005, various youth-led groups—political protestors, entrepreneurs, architects, civil society actors—have been pushing for a restoration of such rights to the city, and are slowly changing Kuwait’s planning paradigm for the first time in over sixty years.
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
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