The Funambulist Nº11

Designed Destructions

MAY-JUNE 2017

The eleventh issue of The Funambulist can be read as the third installment of a trilogy about the territorialities and architectures of colonialism and postcolonialism. It is dedicated to the precise and strategic political order behind the apparent disorder of debris and ruin in various geographical and historical contexts. The current situations of systematic destruction historically and currently experienced by Syrian and Palestinian populations provides a core to this issue to which are added accounts of the Uyghur, Tamil, and Black American struggles respectively in Xinjiang, Eelam, and the United States, as well as historical descriptions of survival bodies in Sarajevo and monument desecration in West Africa and the Carribeans.

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

Contributors: Tarek Lakhrissi, Tentative Collective, Helene Kazan, Bhakti Shringarpure, Lynda Zein, P. Reyhan, Edith Roux, Alicia Olushola Ajayi, Armina Pilav, Eyal Weizman, Sinthujan Varatharajah, Eva Schreiner.
Contributing copyeditor: Maxwell Donnewald
Cover photo: Edith Roux

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CONTENTS ///

The Funambulist Magazine 11 Designed Destructions

2 | BLOG: THE VANGUARD OF FRANCE’S DECOLONIZATION IS IN THE OVERSEAS TERRITORIES
Léopold Lambert

4 | GUEST COLUMNS: POLITICS OF MELANCHOLIA  
Tarek Lakhrissi

6 | POLITICAL WALKS: KARACHI
Tentative Collective

— MAIN /// DESIGNED DESTRUCTIONS
12 | INTRODUCTION

Léopold Lambert

16 | 1941 ALLIED INVASION OF LEBANON & SYRIA: AN ASSEMBLAGE OF ACCIDENT AND DESIGN IN AERIAL BOMBARDMENT
Helene Kazan

22 | SWARM, DEMOLISH, DESTROY: RAGE AGAINST THE MONUMENTS FROM MALI TO MARTINIQUE
Bhakti Shringarpure

26 | SYRIA: A REAL-ESTATE-LED DEMOGRAPHIC DESTRUCTION IN DAMASCUS AND HOMS
Lynda Zein

32 | KASHGAR: CHINA’S ERASURE OF UYGHUR PRESENCE
P. Reyhan (text) & Edith Roux (photos)

36 | PUBLIC HOUSING IN THE US: ST. LOUIS AND THE HISTORIC DESTRUCTION OF POOR BLACK HOMES
Alicia Olushola Ajayi

40 | SARAJEVO: MATERIAL MEDIATION AND SURVIVAL BODIES
Armina Pilav

44 | PODCAST TRANSCRIPTS: FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS OF DESIGNED DESTRUCTIONS IN RAFAH, GAZA
Eyal Weizman

52 | CONTESTED MEMORIES: HOW SRI LANKA DOMINATES TAMIL RUINS
Sinthujan Varatharajah

58 | STUDENTS: CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORTOLD? DESTRUCTION OF ALEPPO’S “INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS”
Eva Schreiner