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CITIES OF WAR: BEIRUT, CAIRO, NYC, Ramallah, ‘Iraq’ Lecture 3


Space is a fundamental category for any form of power. - Anselm Franke (2003) ‘Territories’ in Territories: Islands, Camps and Other States of Utopia


‘Crisis Cadence’ Hot Flash - earthquake Slow Burn - pollution Glacial - cultural difference - Chris Blow, Meedan & Ushahidi


‘That story is not one merely about Egypt. It is a story of how transnational networks bred the interconnectivity that helped spark and sustain the revolution across the region.’ - Jillian York ‘Arab Swell’


‘[As] the Internet spreads, information “cascades” – not just because there is information to be had but also because “people assess an opening and a reasonable chance of success.” - Zeynep Tufekci, sociologist from North Carolina-Chapel Hill


Case Study #2 - Beirut

Case Study #3 - TOR


Case Study #4 - Maale Edumim & ‘5 Broken Cameras’


‘Everything that happened, happened here first, in rehearsal.’

Case Study #5 - Chicago


Case Study #6 - Ramallah


Case Study #7 - Virtual Iraq


1. RESISTANCE - Arab Swell - How does information travel and get shared? - What skills and conditions are needed to trigger information ‘cascades’?

2. CONSUMPTION - Running in Ramallah - Where is the author running? What are his limits? What information does he consume? - What is the significance of the street names and naming places in general?

3. NETWORK - The Evil Architects Do - How would international law function as the ultimate architectural critique? - What is the nature of architectural crime? How do architects execute crimes?


Case Study #1


Case Study #3 - Union Square (2010)


Union Square - 1913


Part 1 - Map 1. RESISTANCE 2. CONSUMPTION 3. NETWORK

Part 2 - Design Plan a demonstration of 100K people for 10 days. 3-5 minute presentation next week.

FIELD EXERCISE Mapping Union Square


FIELD EXERCISE #2 Consumption

Class 3 - Lecture  

Cities of War

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