The Funambulist

Map created for the purpose of this article / Download it here in high resolution (9.1 MB) (license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 4.0) The map presented above was made in the continuity of the four previous...

“The Political” Interview for C-O-L-O-N (Columbia University GSAPP) Volume III alongside Bernard Tschumi, Peggy Deamer & Paul Segal, Eyal Weizman, Ai Weiwei, Mary Mc Leod & Rheinhold Martin, and Cristina Goberna....

Manama (Bahrain) Pearl roundabout demolished after the 2011 revolution attempt After spatial thinkers like Keller Easterling, Beatriz Colomina or Chantal Mouffe, the Critical Spatial Practice series edited by Nikolaus Hirsch and...

Reversible Destiny Lofts Mitaka in memory of Helen Keller by Arakawa and Madeline Gins / Photograph by Léopold Lambert (2014) “Amrit’s Picks” are a series curated by Amrit Trewn of transcripts of...

Map created by Léopold Lambert for The Funambulist (May 2015) / Download a high-quality version of them here (8.1MB) (license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 4.0) The Israeli settlement of Gilo (26,929 inhabitants),...

Objects of Cairo: Excavating the City’s Narratives ///  Originally written for Mohamed el-Shahed and published on Cairobserver  How difficult it is to write about a city you barely know but that had a...

Le Corbusier’s Modulor / Fondation Le Corbusier (1957) 2015 is the year of the 50th anniversary of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret aka Le Corbusier‘s death. As usual, this kind of dates triggers a series of cultural...

“Collapse” / Photograph by Léopold Lambert in Aulnay-sous-Bois during the 2005 revolt THE BANLIEUES /// In last January, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls described the situation of the French banlieues (suburbs) as “a...

Masterplan for a new Egyptian Capital by Skidmore Owings, & Merrill (2015) About a month ago, the General el-Sisi’s administration announced that the Egyptian government will be soon building a new capital...

Carcel de San Pedro in La Paz / Photographs by Martin Konerding & Erik Fantasia As many of you know, the topic of the prison is a particularly important one on The...

Still from The Knick by Steven Soderbergh (2014) The Hospital as a Laboratory: The Production of Medical Knowledge Through the Bodies, originally written for L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui 405 Therapeutic Architecture (March 2015) In one of the lectures...

Mahalaxmi Dhobighat (open-air laundry district) in Mumbai / Photo by Léopold Lambert (2009) Text originally written in French for my monthly “carte blanche” in Tracés Magazine (Switzerland) November 21, 2014 Architectures without architects...

“The Two Faces of Ramallah” / Download the map in high resolution (7.8 MB) (license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 4.0) I stayed in Ramallah a few weeks ago and was thus able to observe the amount...

Map of the Israeli settlements cluster between Bethlehem and Hebron / Download it here in high resolution (8.4 MB) (license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 4.0) I came back yesterday from three weeks spent in...

Inside the Mediterranean boat “Blue Sky M” (December 2014) / Source: Mediapart As we currently receive the most tragic news from off shore Lampedusa, with the probable death of over 300 migrants...

Les Halles de Baltard et le Paris perdu. Jour by François Schuiten, 2012 © Schuiten / Casterman A PALIMPSEST CALLED PARIS: FRANCOIS SCHUITEN AND BENOIT PEETERS’S URBAN FICTIONS Written for DAMN Magazine 48...

“You did not understand me Monsieur Nicolas…since yesterday the cartographic center is under the army’s tutelage, something that should have never stopped in the past.” All illustrations from François Schuiten & Benoit...

Maps created for the purpose of this article / Download them here in high resolution (11 MB) (license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 4.0) In the wake of the recent attacks against journalists and people shopping...

Canyon Cities (Detroit, Oakland, Paris) by Léopold Lambert (2015) / Download them here in high resolution (license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 4.0) In a recent article entitled “Power Is Logistic: Let’s Shut Down Everything“, I...

Still of Only the Bad Sleep Well by Akira Kurosawa (1960) HOMAGE TO GRAVITY: Architecture and the Body /// An exhibition proposal for the 2013 Young Curator Program at the Canadian...