The Funambulist Nº23

Insurgent Architectures

MAY – JUNE 2019

When we decide to approach architecture as “the discipline that organizes bodies in space,” countless texts can be commissioned and written about how architecture materializes various forms of political violence. Yet, it is much harder to articulate a tactical ‘positive’ discourse about political architectures as we propose to do throughout this issue, as part of our 2019 series dedicated to various dimensions of political struggles. Insurgent Architectures are architectures that fundamentally challenge the dominant order, materializing a resistance against imperialism (Feda Wardak), border enforcement (Merve Bedir, Noora Aljabi), capitalism (Niloufar Tajeri, Santiago Cirugeda), and/or patriarchy (Feminist Architecture CollaborativeAlina da Porciuncula Paias). Student projects are designed by Mohamad Nahleh, Ida Razak, and Terrence Mkhwanazi.

As for the News from the Fronts section, it includes a poetic historical account of colonial Brazil (Mariana de Matos), the violence of gentrification in Oakland (Kerby Lynch), and two articles on diasporas from the point of view of language between Eritrea and Sweden (Makda Embaie) and of revolution between Algeria and France (Kenza Talmat).

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Editorial assistant: Nadia El Hakim
Head of Strategic Outreach: Margarida Nzuzi Waco
Copy Editor: Carol Que
Contributing Translator: Sarina Vega

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COVER | PEOPLE’S PARLIAMENT OF ROJAVA
New World Summit

— NEWS FROM THE FRONTS ///
2 | BRAZIL: WHAT PATH LEAD TO THIS RUIN?
Mariana de Matos

4 | MOURNING IN TWO ACTS: LIVE FROM OAKLAND
Kerby Lynch

7 | LANGUAGE AS DIASPORIC HERITAGE: EXCAVATING WORDS AND HISTORIES FROM SWEDEN TO ERITREA
Makda Embaie

10 | GREEN SUNDAYS IN PARIS: ALGERIAN DIASPORA’S COMMITMENT TO “THE REVOLUTION OF THE SMILE”
Kenza Talmat

— MAIN /// INSURGENT ARCHITECTURES
14 | INTRODUCTION

Léopold Lambert

16 | ARCHITECTURE AND CRAFTS AGAINST THE SOVIET AND U.S. INVASIONS OF AFGHANISTAN
Feda Wardak

22 | INSURGENT ARCHITECTURES OF MOBILITY IN GAZIANTEP, MELBOURNE, AND BISHAN
Merve Bedir

28 | THE GECEKONDU PROTEST HUT OF KOTTI & CO: A SPACE FOR HOUSING RIGHTS IN BERLI
Niloufar Tajeri

34 | SEXY MODELS AND HOMELY STUFF: ARCHITECTURAL BODIES FOR ARCHITECTURE WITHOUT FEMINISM
Feminist Architecture Collaborative

40 | LEGAL GREY ZONES AND JOYFUL CONSTRUCTION: RECETAS URBANAS’ ARCHITECTURE
Santiago Cirugeda

46 | U.S. SANCTUARY: ARCHITECTURE & (IN)JUSTICE
Noora Aljabi

50 | THE HOME OF THE WITCH
Alina da Porciuncula Paias

54 | MINISTRY OF UNOFFICIAL LANGUAGES IN REUNION ISLAND
Terrence Mkhwanazi

56 | VOICE OF DETROIT
Ida Razak

58 | EN-COUNTERS IN KARM EL-ZEITOUN IN BEIRUT
Mohamad Nahleh


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