Keynote Speaker - Gulf Forum for Architecture Presentation outlining the use of new technology in the design, development, and production of contemporary architecture. The presentation made analogy to science fiction and the image of the “alien” and then used this metaphor to illustrate the issues of globalization of architecture and the marginalization of local and vernacular architectural styles. Showing that “new” and digitally produced architecture can be “alien” in their context has both positive and negative advantages, the presentation focused on showing that digital tools and advanced construction technology do not need to imply a complete loss of regional culture, but rather can be used to enhance local traditions and culture.