Rethinking physical, ideational and symbolic borders, particularly in the context of countries and cities in conflict. How does the demarcation of space influence issues of surveillance, identity, gender, power and migration? By using case studies from around the world and contemporary theories and practises, this course should be relevant to urban geographers, architects, city planners but also anyone who is interested in spatial theories or attuned with geopolitical concerns
In response to this initial proposal, Nadine Kashlan will lead a series of seminars on specific case studies based on this expanded proposal:
In an ever shifting terrain of post-war and developing cities, the urban environment is needing to locate new ways in which we politically,economically, and socially engage new built forms. In this course I seek to hold a series of lectures and case studies from current theorists, designers, and politicians that cover these three foci.
At the end of this seminar, the aim is to have exposed some of the intrinsic qualities of geopolitically charged terrains. From inhabited spaces such as the refugee camps of Shatilla to the Stari-Most Bridge, the social pressures and needs threaded through our cities by politics coupled with the devastation of land demarcated by war and altering geographical boundaries, we have an opportunity as designers, geographers, politicians, and citizens to create reconstructed spaces that are economically and socially conscience to all. In efforts to show the relationship of the geopolitical, the terrain, and the built we will explore several cities which have undergone reconstructive surgery to mend its torn fabric together. Analysis will always focus on 3 scales, the urban context, the immediate built form and its relationship to the ground plane ’the social implications’.
It is important to point out that these sessions are of open dialogue, the exchange of information and the format of a forum holds true to all of these. The case studies are to raise specific themes within regional relationships. To this point we will then be presented with methods of understanding the “borderscapes” scenario through, texts, film, photography, and built projects.
In rethinking the physical, ideal, and symbolic borders, particularly in the context of countries and cities in conflict think of these points:
- How does the demarcation of space influence issues of surveillance, identity, gender, power and migration?
- How has the use of public space acted as catalyst in environments of extreme destruction?
- What is the role, active or inactive, that government plays in reconstruction? Should government play a role?
- Architecture at the scale of infrastructure acts as the connector for the urban fabric, what are the other scales that architecture can function at?
- Can there truly be a method that joins the built environment, political trajectories, and economic constraints in order to create a cohesive rebuilding of a community, social structure, or even a nation?
This course will take on a series of 3-4 sessions that cover these issues within 3 major regions, East Europe, Middle East, + USA. Within each region particular themes will be covered from economic, to infrastructure, to surveillance.
The first session will be held on Saturday, April 24th at 4pm and will provide a general introduction to the topic. We encourage anyone who is interested in this topic to attend this session to participate in discussion and help devolop the curriculum for the following sessions.
Atrocities. Or, Curtain Walls as Mass Medium by Reinhold Martin
The Third Window: An Interview with Paul Virilio