There is, however, a problem: the good intentions McEwan's column irradiates with almost blinding intensity conceal a series of assumptions that struggle to stand up under closer scrutiny. — domus
A few days ago in an essay published by klat magazine Mitch McEwen, reflecting on the Bab al Bahrain Open Ideas Competition, contended that Urban Design Serves as Tool of Repression in Bahrain. Joseph Grima provided an immediate response via Twitter suggesting that Mitch's article was a "Well-written, well-intentioned but simplistic and self-righteous critique of Bab El Bahrain competition". Today Mr. Grima took the opportunity to publish a more in depth response in an op-ed for domus, in which he concluded "There is value in this debate around the moral duties of the architectural profession in a globalised 21st century, so long as we recognise that the issue is a complex one: we won't find the answers in silver bullets or blacklists, but in dialogue and gradual reform".