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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...

In 1966, Michelangelo Antonioni released his first English-language film, Blow Up, in which he introduces a photographer played by David Hemmings, who realizes in his dark room that he may have captured...

Latrun Monastery and the Green Line / Excerpt of Atlas of No-Man’s Land by Orit Theuer (2013) A few days ago, Orit Theuer, a recent graduate from the Vienna Academy of Fine...

“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...

NYPD’s Domain Awareness System / Photograph by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters In a recent article (May 15, 2015), the investigative news platform Mediapart, reported the use of a crime predicting algorithm by the French Ministry of Interior...

Maps created by Léopold Lambert for The Funambulist (June 2015) / Access a high-quality version here (12MB) (license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 4.0) Two recent events involving the policed/militarized evacuation of a swimming...

Map created by Léopold Lambert for The Funambulist (2015) / Access a high-quality version here (12MB) (license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 4.0) This is the second article accounting to my current research about...

The cast of The Expandables 3 at the 2014 Cannes Festival, momentarily contributing to the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign (May 18, 2014): a surely explicit symbol of the problem. Amrit’s Picks is a new series...

Israeli army Caterpillar D9 bulldozer (2002) / This photograph by Khalil Harra is however not from Jenin but from Rafah (Gaza) This article consists in a way for me to articulate...

Map created by Léopold Lambert for The Funambulist (2015) / Access a high-quality version here (6MB) (license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 4.0) I made this map in complement of last week’s article that introduced...

Chinese anti-riot police exercising in a drill before the 25th anniversary of the 1989 student revolt (AFP/May 2014) I recently encountered a video showing a 2011 South Korean anti-riot police drill (watch...

Local parliament in Cizîre, Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) / Photograph by Jonas Staal (2015) Last Tuesday, I attended a lecture of Dutch artist Jonas Staal at the Centre for Research Architecture in...

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),...

Photograph from the “Breaking the Silence” report The Israeli organization Breaking the Silence has just released a 237-page report of soldier’s testimonies following the dreadful siege on Gaza in July and August 2014,...

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...

Maps created by Léopold Lambert for The Funambulist (April 2015) / Download a high-quality version of them here (5.5MB) (license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 4.0) The following article is not an analysis of the...