Regarding his decision to design a five-star hotel in Dubai (2 June,, Brad Pitt said: “It will underpin not only my values for environment-friendly architecture, but also embrace my career in entertainment.”

Honestly, if this was the case then he wouldn’t be thinking about creating a building in a landscape that cannot sustainably support the population living within it. Does Dubai really actually need another hotel and resort? Perhaps Pitt should think about his and his wife’s adopted children and the less fortunate lives that their relatives might live, and think about providing sustainable development for local people rather than rich westerners full of self importance.

D Vinnels