The Funambulist

Still from The Law in these Parts by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (2012) I recently watched Israeli director Ra’anan Alexandrowicz‘s fim, The Law in these Parts (merci Philippe) that unfolds the legal mechanisms...

Former American Embassy of Karachi by Richard Neutra & Robert Alexander It happens rather often that architecture offices have to hold on their documents and drawings for a while as the...

Aarhus-based architect James Martin was kind enough to share with me the small book he created (with the help of my friends Ben Clement and Sebastian de la Cour) around, what...

The space beyond the walls: Defensive “a-legal” sanctuaries (originally written for the Wheelwright Prize – failed) Considered purely in the abstract, the law appears to be a tool which makes strict...

The recent manhunt of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston was probably quite shocking to many non-Americans — and probably some Americans too — for the anachronism it constituted. The latter was caused...

Israeli settlement of Rimmonim on the road from Ramallah to Jericho I am not quite sure to know the reasons that made me take so much time to write this article,...

Original Scheme of Fleur Agema’s Prison project as she imagined it in 1999 Few days ago, Daniel Fernandez Pascual posted a very interesting project on his fantastic Deconcrete. Entittled Closed Architecture,...

The panopticon in its totality / assembled photographs by Léopold Lambert Last week, I had the opportunity to visit the former Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The building is particular as...

I apologize to those of my readers who would reasonably see this article as a form of self-promotion, this will be the first and only post about this book. Following the...

Do not let the fancy renderings of the winning entry for the new American Embassy in London mislead you, what you see is nothing else than the contemporaneous version of the...

Israeli Settlement of Kokhav Ya’akov / New Palestinian Housing Complex (both near Ramallah) /// Photographs by Léopold Lambert I wrote many times about the numerous Israeli settlements in the West Bank...

IDF Soldiers in front of a ‘flock’ of militarized Bulldozers Caterpillar D9 I apologize to those of my readers who would like to come back to a bigger diversity of articles...

Map of the Gaza Strip (Dec 2011) /// United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs in Occupied Palestinian Territory I think that many of us are infuriated in front...

Mule Creek State Prison (Ione, California) (Note the “No Warning Shot is Required Sign”) The overcrowded Californian prisons give us an idea of the current architectural carceral paradigm. Far from the...

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Shipping containers fortifying the Lahore Press Club in preparation for protests against the anti-Islamic film Innocence of Muslims madeby convicted felon Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Photographer unknown. First of all, I would...

As I wrote in a previous post, I was lucky enough to be included in LOG 25 Reclaim Resi[lience]stance, edited by Cynthia Davidson and curated by François Roche. My essay consisted...

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...

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