Two seaside towns, both striving to use expensive infusions of shipped-in culture to regenerate their image. Margate is building the £50-million Turner Contemporary gallery. Abu Dhabi is building a £27-billion ‘culture island’. I wonder if they’ll be importing cultural bloggers too? And Korea is building a new ‘city of books’ and fine publishing, surrounded not by sea but a new urban wetland, and encouragingly rooted in local tradition.