Kingdom of Sand and Cement
Examining the traces of an ancient culture—the point of intersection between the built and the natural environment—"Kingdom of Sand and Cement" explores the challenges Saudi Arabia faces today as it rapidly transforms from a conservative and tribal desert culture to an influential world power. It is a society in the midst of an unprecedented change, having made the leap from mud buildings to skyscrapers in less than a century.
The clash of its traditional and modern values reveals a society precariously balancing at a crossroads of old and new. But while this drama plays itself out in the contemporary landscape, hidden within the narrative is a premonition that the rapid and often careless pace of change risks not only a loss of a sense of identity but also, lasting and damaging consequences to the environment.