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In the Life of Cities...: Parallel Narratives of the Urban

"the Egyptian youth [people] shaped their revolution on the 25th of January and validated the designation of the square as Tahrir square 57 years after a bunch of rebellious officers gave it the name...

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The Insurgent Barricade

نقلا عن أخبار الشروق   ظهرت صور خرائط "جوجل إرث"تحويل منطقة وسط البلد إلى ثكنات عسكرية وتجمعات أمنية عسكرية بعد .إقامة أكثر من 7 حوائط خراسانية و 6 حواجز حديدية وأسلاك شائكة التي تغلق بدورها المسارات...

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Lessons from the past!!!

Can Egypt be like Spain in 1936, after the constitution is made and the elections was held and the second republic was born many citizens were not supporting the Republic (Democracy)!Leftists...

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الممنوع

When I saw the above clip I've recalled an urban intervention that tackled the same issue:Barriers are everywhere around Cairo directing people where and how to behave; containing people as if they...

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Resilient rules

In my Masters thesis I explore the influence of the socio-cultural rules, based upon Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), on the complexity of the traditional built environment. According to Hakim, this...

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a view on n0rmAlizAti0n

On the occasion of the Egyptian mufti's visit to Jerusalem, I recall what Edward Said wrote in an article titled (Barenboim and the Wagner Taboo): "In the Arab context, the campaign against...

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The Unspoken AlliAnce

Movie clip from award-winning documentary film Occupation 101The illegal occupation of Palestine and the subjugation of a people is no different to how the South African apartheid regime treated black...

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الهوة

رسم توضيحى لمستويات السلطة وإتخاذ القرار واحد من أهم أهداف الثورة المصرية فى 25 يناير 2011 هو رفع مستوى معيشة الماطن المصرى فى كل مناحى الحياة. لذلك كان من الضرورى إحداث تغييرات جذرية فى النظام الحاكم...

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TeRRiT0rialiTy reductive p0lArizAtions

While I was reading in Edward Said's Orientalism, I passed by what he calls "territoriality reductive polarizations" refering to the relation between the east and west. He goes on saying:"My idea in...

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Dust تراب

"Gian Maria Tosatti's intervention at Casa Bossi accentuates the remains of this abandoned building, transforming it into an inner space of memory, and turning visitors into witnesses.Tosatti is an...

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Is the crAft g0nE?

The digital revolution of the last decade has unleashed creativity and talent in an unprecedented way, with unlimited opportunities. But does democratized culture mean better art or is true talent...

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The Evolutionary Landscapes

I've recently came by a book called In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscapes of Religion by Scott Atran. What's interesting about this book is the choice of the metaphor for thinking about the...

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Is informality to be the new paradigm?

In the clip above, Dr. Heba Raouf tackles, intensely, several issues related to the 25th Jan Egyptian Revolution. In this post, I'll try to reflect upon some of them briefly while drawing some...

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The statute of the City حدث في البرازيل

During the process of consolidation of the Constitution of 1988, a multi-sectoral movement of national scope fought to include in the constitutional text instruments that established the social...

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the struggle goes on

"What both the Greek and Egyptian elections show is that while elections matter and should not be ignored by socialists, they are only one aspect of the class struggle and not the decisive one. In the...

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BRT to save Cairo?

What is the best way improve transportation to get people and goods moving in Cairo?Nick Hamilton poses this question wondering if is it the best strategy to schedule only 18.6% of a total fund of 17...

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Balconies: an object of occupation

The opening scene of Kamal Aljafari’s film Port of Memory (2009) starts "with a long tracking shot of a grand, decaying house at twilight. The camera lingers on the skin of this structure that bears...

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From Change Control to Adaptation

Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) are non-linear, self-organizing systems that have the ability to adapt to changing conditions through changing the rules that organize the random autonomous interactions...

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Democracy Suspended

Yasar Adanali's presentation on democratic & urban transformation in the Middle East and Turkey at the Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design Conference, Stuttgart, Germany (December 2011)

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The Informal siege: on Peripherisation in Cairo

A diagram showing the peripheral urbanization around the central region of greater CairoThe source of the base map is David Sim’s book Understanding Cairo: A City out of Controlعملية التحضر في مدن دول...

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