Auteur : Mona Khechen

One of Kabul’s “life-style” gated-townships amid its overall context of poverty and informality. © Mona Khechen, 2011.

Architecture and War: From Baghdad to Kabul

During “City Debates 2012” at the American University of Beirut, Caecilia Pieri spoke of Baghdad’s recent transformations. Her images showed a city of multiple realities. Although seriously affected by the prolonged violence that has torn Iraq apart, central Baghdad, according to Pieri, was until 2010 characterized by vernacular monochrome brick construction. Now unchecked new construction is changing its architectural landscape. Also, behind concrete barriers and closed-off...