The Funambulist

For the last seven days, a group of twenty Eritrean refugees have been trapped between the two fences materializing the border between Egypt and Israel as they were trying to enter...

The Palestinian Archipelago: Island of Al Walajah surrounded by reefs /// Metaphorical map by the author To mark the unfortunate anniversary of the Separation Barrier whose construction has been started ten...

Fred Wigg Tower in Leytonstone (East London) (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Yesterday, Judge Haddon-Cave of the Hight Court of England decided in favor of the British Minister of Defense that the installation...

One goal of this blog is to demonstrate how political -and sometimes military- strategy are embodied in design that do not always explicit them. That is not necessarily to say that...

District B13 Ultimatum, directed by Patrick Alessandrin (2009) After a photographic and an historical interpretation of what I called for this series’ purposes, Fortress Paris, this third part introduces its cinematographic...

Following the last article about Fortress Paris, I would like to introduce the book Paris sous Tension (Paris under tension) written and edited by Eric Hazan, director of one of my...

This article is the first one of a trio which will investigate the architectural elements that makes Paris, a contemporary fortress. The Boulevard Périphérique (highway ring) around it, marks its geographical...

Rikers Island in New York City Prison Map is a project developed by Josh Begley, a graduate student studying Interactive Telecommunications at New York University. Thanks a small script and geo-coordinates,...

This image is an excerpt from the short film The Road to Jerusalem created by artist Jeremy Hutchison. The movie shows him riding his bike in Ramallah in direction to Jerusalem....

The Palestinian Archipelago: Salfit (drawn by the author) I recently had the chance to write a short article for the Mexican magazine Arquine which was dedicating its last dossier to the...

Walled States, Waning Sovereignty is a recent very interesting book (2010) written by Professor Wendy Brown and published at the excellent Zone Books. As the book’s title implies, the author starts...

Extracted from The Insurgent Barricade (University of California Press, 2010.) Few weeks ago, I eventually finished the (long) paper I was referring to in an article about barricades in January (see...

Prison San Vittore – Milan (built in 1880) Pedro Hernández (La Periferia Domestica) was kind enough to send me a link towards a site of Manchester school of architecture that traced...

One should not restrain Gaza’s economy to the simple clandestinity, and by extension, one should certainly not assume that every inhabitant of Gaza is involved in the resistance against the Israeli...

New German Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia by FAR Frohn&Rojas (2009) For the second time, I find the architectural behavior of FAR (Frohn & Rojas) highly debatable. The first time was when...

Mangold Tom and Penycate John, The Tunnels of Cu Chi. New York: Random House, 1985 The Tunnels of Cu Chi is a book written by Tom Mangold & John Penycate in...

Abu Dis, Judith s., December 2003 The Israeli women of MachsomWatch who struggle against the colonial apparatuses of movement control in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, have monitored in photos...

Photograph by Yann Arthus-Bertrand I recently rediscovered a collection of documents that Martin Le Bourgeois and myself had collected and produced, almost four years ago, about a very interesting group of...

PLAYGROUND Harskamp/Reek by Jeroen Hofman (2011) Socks Studio just released an interesting article about the Potemkin village of Marnehuizen in the North of Netherlands, which was built inside the military base...

I recently wrote an article doing the inventory of resources one can find about this very special weaponized architecture that constitutes the barricade; that was before I read the book The...

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