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by Yiannis Papadakis

Abstract

This paper explores various spatial dimensions of Nicosia, the capital city of Cyprus that eventually came to be divided in 1974. Capitals are generally regarded as the spaces exemplifying nationalist ideologies, and in Nicosia these processes acquired added urgency due to the ethnic conflict that took place in Cyprus, leading to almost obsessive efforts to inscribe the national Self on the landscape and erase the Other.

by Martí Peran

Barcelona appeared on the global map at the end of the 80s and sealed its official presentation with the Olympic Games in 1992. The city’s capital most applauded at that time, was its town-planning renovation supervised by the so called “Model Barcelona”.

by Abdalla Daif

A Prologue
He said to me “Simply, I must tell her that I love her as long as she will entertain me for lunch in MacDonald’s”

Introduction
All coming statements express only my own point of view.
So, please, from the beginning don’t account it as a whole vision or general reading of the reality.
I can tell you simply that there is not such things.

1- “Oslo – Asafra” highway

by Sharon Rotbard

0)

A city is built exactly as history is, always by the victors, and always
according to the victors‚ history. Those who control the physical space
always control the cultural space, and they are never those who have lost
the battle over the history.

Sometimes, in order to change a city one has to change the story of the
city.

1)

In Tel Aviv, maybe the only city in the world that was named after a book,
(1) the story of the city since long time is called
“White City”.

Since its first appearance in a 1915 forgotten novel, “The Riddle of the

by Tony Chakar

“Given the right circumstances, the appropriate standpoint (preferably with one’s back against the sea) and the correct angle of vision (preferably looking obliquely), one would have the distinct feeling that all the buildings in Beirut are packed-up and ready to leave; most of them stand on slender columns that would aid them in their journey; their antennas and dish receptors look like fancy hats that one would wear on such a voyage; their balconies are empty suitcases and boxes waiting to be filled by the small histories that unfold in every apartment: long hours of anguish and fleeting mom

by Bilal Khbeiz

In invoking the memory of the cars that exploded during the Lebanese Civil War, this article does not seek to condemn or condone the war, nor lay responsibility on any of the participants. This article simply claims that the war has left traces that are indelible by the years of peace or reconstruction, and so must the Lebanese learn to live in its wake.

Some notes on "Péra" in Istanbul by Vasif Kortun

Most of Istanbul's institutions dealing with art and culture have been located on and around the Avenue between Taksim and Tünel. The Avenue's original name was Grande Rue de Péra, and changed to "Avenue of Independence" after the establishment of the Republic of Turkey. The nostalgia for Pera of the late 19th Century held its way for decades with pretty much the same nuances.

by Claudia Zanfi

“Simultaneously Hamitic, Semitic, even Arian, Pagan, Jewish, Christian and Muslim; both African, Asiatic, and European; a continent which has no relationship with our own usual measurements of space and time, for Africa starts from the Pyrenees and the Middle Ages survive there alongside the most daring contemporary offerings; simultaneously Roman and Carthaginian, Alexandrine and Hebraic, Hellenic and Catalan; the stage of contrasts par excellence, fertile homeland of myths and mirages.”

“History is roaring by... turning into geography”, Susan Sontag

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