Étiqueté : fragmentation

Photos 1 & 2 : Murs fermant l’accès à la place Tahrîr. Clichés R. Stadnicki, 2012

Post-Revolutionary Cairo: Blocking the City, Un-Blocking the Urban Planning?

Original text in French : http://ifpo.hypotheses.org/4419. Translation: Teo Firpo. Almost two years after the January 25th revolution, Cairo lives a paradoxical moment. Cairo is the main stage of the protests, whereby the political and social changes underway in Egypt find their repercussions on the urban scale. Between 2011 and 2012, the city experienced a material and institutional blockage that opposed its urban management to its daily...

Photos 1 & 2 : Murs fermant l’accès à la place Tahrîr. Clichés R. Stadnicki, 2012

Le Caire après la révolution : blocages de la ville et déblocage de l’urbanisme

Près de deux ans après la révolution du 25 janvier, Le Caire, principal théâtre des protestations, vit un moment paradoxal qui peut être compris comme une répercussion à l’échelle urbaine des changements politiques et sociaux en cours en Égypte. Alors que l’agglomération a connu, en 2011 et 2012, une série de blocages matériels et institutionnels contrariant sa gestion et sa pratique au quotidien, elle fait aujourd’hui...

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...