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More on Egypt

March 7, 2011

I wanted to share some excellent posts on social movements and public space I’ve read since writing my own thoughts some weeks back:

Architect and Middle Eastern scholar Mohamed Elshahed’s vivid account of the social and political at Tahrir Square, on Places.

Real estate and development professor, previously Director of the Manhattan Office of the New York City Department of City Planning, Vishaan Chakrabarti discusses public squares as spaces of collective gathering in the city and “expression of a world ever in need of change,” on Urban Omnibus.

Alex Goldmark, at GOOD, posts a story written by Mosa’ab Elshamy, Egyptian pharmacy student and photographer, of an informal “pop-up” kindergarten at Tahrir Square. Elshamy’s Twitter page.

Nam Henderson, blogger and frequent contributor to Archinect, on the performative aspect of urban spaces like Tahrir Square.

Vishaan Chakrabarti
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