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“Temple of Hubris:” New Burj Dubai Desert Skyscraper, Newest Monument to Wall Street Greed?
by Paul B Farrell, JD, PhD
| Discuss | | 2/27/2010

Years ago I was a radar-computer tech in the Marine Corps. After that, I studied architecture, worked in construction and development. Later with Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investment Banking Group, advising Mitsubishi Int’l, Tishman Realty, Burlington Northern, the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development. etc. Today my eyes naturally lock on fascinating news like LATimes architectural critic Christopher Hawthorne’s review of the opening of the new 2,600 feet high, 160 stories Burj Dubai skyscraper, now the new tallest building in the world. The headline, “Temple to Hubris,” is a grabber: Another dark reminder of Wall Street’s catastrophic meltdown. Sitting on the other side of the planet, this giant monument to oil wealth is also a physical symbol of what’s left of the soul of the Wall Street that has been advising American and Gulf investors. Hawthorne hit the nail on the head: (More)