Divided Cities: The Politics of Mapping and Design

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This course investigates the urban fabric of cities experiencing extreme levels of conflict in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It explores the urban transformation of ‘divided cities’, and the experience –as well as the response of – the urban communities under conflict. While urban conflicts may reformulate, destroy and interrupt urban lives, investigating divided cities could offer a lens through which we can understand the wider socio-political conditions as well as the role of architecture and urban environment in urban conflicts. Such investigation does not undermine the unique characteristics, histories and different urban contexts of divided cities. In fact, it sheds new light on the nature of conflict and how it relates to cities, architecture and urban form. The course thus introduces spatial research approaches to cities facing extreme levels of conflict. It raises the question of mapping as a political tool, as well as the question of design and architectural interventions in such highly charged citi 

Image caption:  Jerusalem –  a view from the Israeli  Pizgat Ze'ev onto Palestinian Hizma (Pullan, 2011)es like Jerusalem, Belfast, Berlin, Beirut, Sana’a, Aleppo, Nicosia and others.