Globalization has supported the exportation of exotic design and construction of many buildings including skyscrapers.
In the past two decades skyscrapers have proliferated across cities all over the world, particularly those in the Arabian
Peninsula. Because of their massive bulk and soaring height, these skyscrapers have dramatically altered the urban
landscape and city identity. This paper examines the role of skyscrapers in supporting place identity in the Arabian
Peninsula. Through case studies, the paper describes and evaluates skyscraper projects. While the “imported” iconic
skyscrapers with their flamboyant forms have been transformative in re-imaging cities and their skylines, many of these
have been transplanted to these cities with little consideration for local heritage and culture.
Keywords: Skyscrapers, Form-Giving, Culture, Place Identity.
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