A mixture of extravagant frescoes, megalomaniac delusions, political engagement, appropriation and aesthetic refinement, these four areas offer an oversized playground. It is a chessboard with a changing configuration that must be traversed.
Above all, Prague is a whole collection of urban mythologies, in which resonates a certain European spirit. From the idea of Mitteleuropa to political and literary dissent, Prague is a symbol that has become a magnet for tourists.
Between the monumental nature of its palaces and historical sites, and the need to reinvent itself and project itself forward into the future, Vienna is multifaceted. If order dominates, it invents disorder. If history is necessary, it creates lines of disruption. If tradition is too strong, it counters with a wind of freedom, amongst…
The 210-metre tower (688 feet) was the first of its kind to be inaugurated in 1956 and became a standard model throughout the world from Toronto to Tashkent or Riga.
Locals and tourists, like knights riding horses, contribute to the unique image of Amsterdam. For a neophyte, it is a special experience to feel the rush of adrenaline. And from there it is only a short step to think that Amsterdam can only be visited by bike…
Gleaming 17th century facades follow each other along circular canals. Bunches of cyclists chase each other relentlessly. Tourists dressed in their Sunday best stroll around, amazed but confused. Canal highways busy with all sorts of boats and prestigious museums decorated with long waiting lines. Large avenues with major brands, quirky side streets, fragments of ultra-modern urban planning, houseboats as a way of life, peripheral areas being redeveloped, pieces of street art scattered through the city.
Rotterdam is surrounded by large arterial roads that cross the city from one side to the other and wide canals that constantly greet the eye, and it opens onto an immense port that handles millions of containers from all over the world. However, Rotterdam also offers some very distinctive, unusual urban gems. If the port represents one end of the scale, the other is the mixture of an inspired, elegant skyline and redeveloped, renovated industrial buildings.
Bourj Hammoud is a kind of coruscation, a quixotic conflation that superimposes strata of reality and emotions. It is a finite place that has no end, because its identity is composite, volatile and sometimes illusory.
Beyrouth possède une musique particulière et sensible. Tout à la fois ouverte, sectaire, cosmopolite, standardisée, partisane, dévote et bling-bling, la ville est en devenir et son futur peut se réinventer au-delà des frontières qui la cadenassent. La ville est aussi un entre-deux temporel ou autrement dit à un tournant de son histoire.
It is a hodgepodge jumble of dilapidated facades, buildings juxtaposed pell-mell, staggered without order or organization. Considered in detail, both their architecture and urban planning are questionable.