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The Funambulist Nº1

Militarized Cities

SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 2015

The first issue is dedicated to militarized cities, arguing that the case studies presented here (Beirut, Lahore, Cairo, Oakland, Jerusalem, and Boston) are only extreme incarnations of the collaboration between military and urban planning logics: each city carries in itself a certain degree of militarization. It was conceived a few weeks after a state of emergency had been declared on the city of Baltimore, targeting in particular the Black neighborhoods of the city. Such states of emergency, whether in the United States or elsewhere, are manifest of how a city, through its architecture, which organizes (and thus controls) bodies in space, already contained most of the physical components for its urban space to be militarized.

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Contributors: Mona Fawaz, Mona Harb & Ahmad Gharbieh, Sadia Shirazi, Mohamed Elshahed, Demilit (Javier Arbona, Bryan Finoki & Nick Sowers), Nora Akawi, Philippe Theophanidis, James Martin, Zulaikha Ayub, Maeve Elder & Ylan Vo.

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CONTENTS ///

2 | INTRODUCTION: MILITARIZED CITIES
Léopold Lambert

8 | BEIRUT: MAPPING SECURITY
Mona Fawaz, Mona Harb & Ahmad Gharbieh

14 | LAHORE: ARCHITECTURE OF IN/SECURITY
Sadia Shirazi

20 | CAIRO: A MILITARIZED LANDSCAPE
Mohamed Elshahed

26 | OKLDCAAN: CAPITAL BUILDING OF THE OAKLAND SECURITY CLOUD
Demilit (Javier Arbona, Bryan Finoki & Nick Sowers)

32 | JERUSALEM: DISMANTLING PHANTASMAGORIAS, CONSTRUCTING IMAGINARIES
Nora Akawi

38 | PODCAST TRANSCRIPTS: BOSTON AS A STATE OF EXCEPTION CITY
Philippe Theophanidis

38 | PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION: THE CITY AND THE WALL

46 | STUDENTS: REVISING HISTORIES [building truth]
James Martin

48 | STUDENTS: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT
Zulaikha Ayub

50 | STUDENTS: EXPANSION OF MILITARY LANDSCAPES
Maeve Elder & Ylan Vo

52 | FRENCH TRANSLATION OF THE ARTICLES


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