Some days ago, Italian news website il Post selected and published the photographs of a number of still-standing or just-erected physical barriers between countries, regions, ethnies, religious groups or conflicting cultures.
For the sake of archival and diffusion, here’s a translated version of the article:
Photo: January 16, 2013 (AP Photo / Channi Anand)
The so-called “Line of Control”, a military demarcation stretching for 3300 km, divides Kashmir in two areas: one controlled by India and another by Pakistan, which would like the independence from the government of New Delhi. Between 1990 and 2004 India built another separation barrier within his side, consisting of electric fences, motion sensor and thermal cameras.
Pakistan has advanced strong diplomatic protests against the construction of the barrier.
Thailand – Malaysia
Photo: June 2, 1996 (AP Photo / Mike Fiala)
The wall between Thailand and Malaysia was strongly supported by the Thai Prime Minister Surayaud Chulanont, who came to power in a coup in 2006, to counter the arrival of weapons for the Muslim separatist insurgency in the south of the territory, and to curb the influence of Malaysians fundamentalist on Thai Muslim in a largely Buddhist country: it was built on the accessible part of the Thai border and is 27 km long
Photo: July 17, 2007 (Giuseppe Cacace / Getty Images)
The “Muro di via Anelli” in Padua was very challenged when it was built towards the end of 2006, although it is not a real wall but a fence 80 meters long and 3 meters high, built for reasons of public order in a neighborhood that, in the end of the nineties, began to accommodate an ever increasing number of foreigners, and that the difficulties of control by the police, soon became a zone of activities related to drug trade and prostitution. The buildings within the fenced area were fully evacuated over time.
The fascinating work of Robert Strati: a combination of engineering schematics and abstract art, in diagrammatic representations of topics like astrophysics, musical notations, architectural schematics and mappings.
“I was in Ohio listening to an experimental band called Queen Mae and the Bells, and their minimalistic music made me start imagining a new way to represent sound. From there, I started composing the visual elements used in diagramming (points, lines, and curves, etc.). I quickly started to envision schematics for buildings, ships, astronomical maps, cross-section representation, and ran with it. This process has the quality of simultaneously being both highly analytical and steeped in abstraction. I believe these elements have deep implications concerning how we perceive and process our visual reality.”
These diagrams are collected in a tumblr entitled “Creating Civilizations“, where a small text is associated with each drawings: “A story about creating on the greatest of scales.”.
Laba (Laboratory Basel), a satellite studio of the Institut d’architecture et de la ville (IA) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) based in Basel, has just released a precious book entitled “Barents Lessons”. Here’s the cover poster (click for hi-def pdf)
Barents Lessons presents the one-year investigation carried out by master students on the Barents Sea region, under the leadership of Professor Harry Gugger. The remote but geographically crucial region has been analyzed starting with the thesis that the ocean is an urbanised territory.
Ranging from the territorial to the architectural scale, the laboratory has been organized as a three-part structure, reflecting the applied methodology. Part one: an analysis of the region in five research themes (the “Territorial Constitutions”); Part two: the documentation of a field trip of ten days in February 2012; Part Three: 13 architectural projects.
“The task was to analyse the region from a distance, aligning the critical issues in the Barents Sea with a global picture, and to carry out in-depth local field-work. As a synthesis of the knowledge and experience gained, concrete architectural projects for different kinds of infrastructure (residential, educational, ecological, transport, cultural) were designed. Barents Lessons presents the entire project in three parts, reflecting the methodology applied. The book is illustrated throughout with numerous graphics and maps especially developed for the publication, with colour photographs and plans.”
Created in close collaboration with graphic design studio Ludovic Balland Typography Cabinet in Basel, the gorgeous book has received the Most Beautiful Swiss Books in 2012 award with 18 other participants.
Here some photographs of the printed book. Source: the graphic L.Balland Typography Cabinet)