TMR Issue 36 – 17 articles – 199 pages

From urban explosions and masterplanning to megaprojects and nation-branding, this issue explores architecture, design and urbanism, with an emphasis on the countries represented on the SWANA map. Whether reinventing national traditions in order to brand regional and national identities, or attempting to build the biggest, tallest, most striking structure or shopping mall, the essays here ask why do cities look the way they do? How energy efficient and structurally safe are they? What are the trends and the exceptions, and how do cities and regions come back after disasters such as the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Morocco, or the cataclysmic flooding in Libya? 




Domicide—War on the City – The Markaz Review- Ammar Azzouz

Atom Bombs and Earthquakes: Changing Arabian Culture Via Architecture – T.H. Shalaby

Stitching Baluchestan: Embroidery as Topography – Bibi Manavi

Interview: Oorvi Sharma, Architectural Researcher and Designer – Rabi Georges

Mounia Kansoussi: Time, Movement, Space – Mounia Kansoussi

Experimental Saharanism: Exploiting Desert Environments – Brahim El Guabli

“Before the Earthquake”—a short story by Salah Badis – Salah Badis

The Bridge to Nowhere – The Markaz Review – Youssef H. Alshammari

Suad Aldarra’s I Don’t Want to Talk About Home – Ammar Azzouz





The Floods of Derna: Historical Parallels to Libya’s Crisis – Lama Elsharif

“The Hauntology of Varosha” or “Room Number 137 of the Argo Hotel” – Salamis Aysegul Sentug Tugyan

Mohamed Al Mufti, Architect and Painter of Our Time – Nicole Hamouche

Ammar Khammash’s Sustainable Architecture – The Markaz Review – Mischa Geracoulis

Sustainability: Rethinking the City in the United Arab Emirates – Rana Asfour

Waking Up To My Distorted City—an Interview with Hisham Bustani & Linda Al Khoury – TMR

An Improvised Attempt to Understand Social Transformations in Amman: “urbane” behavior in a city that is not a city – Hisham Bustani

Rebuilding After the Quake: a Walk Down Memory Lane in Southeast Anatolia – Sevinç Ünal