The Funambulist Nº10

Architecture & Colonialism

MARCH-APRIL 2017

The tenth issue of The Funambulist operates somehow in continuity with issue 9 Islands (January-February 2017), which offered the words of indigenous and anticolonial struggles from various islands of the world. Voices from Kanaky, Mayotte, Hawai’i, and Puerto Rico resonate therefore here with those from Libya, Kenya, Palestine, and Java, in the colonial situations they all describe. While the last issue was dedicated to the seminal work of Édouard Glissant, inscribed throughout the pages of this present one is the influence of another Martiniquais: Frantz Fanon.

The two editorial arguments of this issue are simple: colonialism is not an era, it is a system of military/police, legal, administrative, social, and cultural system of domination; and, architecture is not (only) an aesthetic vessel, it is an apparatus organizing and hierarchizing bodies in space.

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Part-time assistant: Noelle Geller

Contributors: Kelsen Caldwell, Mawena Yehouessi, Jess Myers, Fabien Sacriste, Mia Fuller, Mahy Mourad, Jawad Dukhgan, Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Samaneh Moafi, Ann Laura Stoler, Sophia Azeb, Bruno Fert, Adele Jarrar, Haneen Odetalla, Méria Faïdi, Stefan van Biljon, Kelechi Anabaraonye.
Contributing copyeditor: Maxwell Donnewald

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CONTENTS ///

The Funambulist Magazine 10 Architecture Colonialism

2 | GUEST COLUMNS: A CALL TO DISRUPT WHITE-DOMINATED ARCHITECTURAL AND PUBLIC POLICY IMAGINARIESS
Kelsen Caldwell

4 | GUEST COLUMNS: AFROFUTURIST POLITICS: LESS POWER, MORE COMMITMENT 
Mawena Yehouessi

6 | GUEST COLUMNS: HERE THERE BE DRAGONS: BROADCASTING IDENTITY AND SECURITY IN THE PARISIAN REGION 
Jess Myers

— MAIN /// ARCHITECTURE & COLONIALISM
10 | INTRODUCTION

Léopold Lambert

14 | AURÈS, ALGERIA: REGROUPEMENT CAMPS DURING THE ALGERIAN WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE
Fabien Sacriste

18 | TRIPOLI, LIBYA: SCALE AND (IM)MOBILITY IN THE CONTROL OF COLONIAL TERRITORY
Mia Fuller

22 | HELIOPOLIS, EGYPT: POLITICS OF SPACE IN OCCUPIED CAIRO
Mahy Mourad

26 | AMMAN, JORDAN: THE CASE OF OPEN SPACE
Jawad Dukhgan

28 | DADAAB, KENYA: ARCHITECTING THE BORDER: THE HUT AND THE FRONTIER AT WORK
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi

34 | ESFAHAN, IRAN: ARCHITECTURE AND THE MAKING OF A GENDERED WORKING CLASS
Samaneh Moafi

40 | PODCAST TRANSCRIPTS: THE COLONIAL ADMINISTRATION OF BODIES AND SPACE
Ann Laura Stoler

46 | THE “NO STATE SOLUTION”: DECOLONIZING PALESTINE BEYOND THE WEST BANK AND EAST JERUSALEM
Sophia Azeb (photos by Bruno Fert)

52 | STUDENTS: ARCHITECTURAL LANGUAGE, POWER AND IDENTITY
Adele Jarrar & Haneen Odetalla

54 | STUDENTS: ALGIERS’ CASBAH: RE-IMAGINING THE COUNTER SPACE
Méria Faïdi

56 | STUDENTS: MILITARY URBANISM: UNCONSCIOUS GEOGRAPHIES OF SEGREGATION IN CAPE TOWN
Stefan van Biljon

57 | STUDENTS: COLONIAL REMAINS IN NIGERIA
Kelechi Anabaraonye