Conditions

The Global South is not a region. It is an archipelago that has survived empire, colonialism, and capitalist extraction. Each island embodies a struggle to sustain alternative ways of being in the world—a rebellion against extinction that has been going on for centuries. The inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial, titled Rights of Future Generations, is an attempt to look for some of these conditions, or sites of resistance to dominant modes of living. Which ecologies support the current state of things, and which ecologies can resist it? Which conditions produce non-exploitative relationships between humans and other beings, and between those who are here, those who have gone, and those yet to come? Architecture has a fundamental role in imagining other, less extractive forms of coexistence in the face of the climate crisis. The possibility to think across extended lineages and complex networks of kinship is at the heart of this challenge.

Editors
Sharjah Architecture Triennial
e-flux Architecture

Conditions is a collaboration between the Sharjah Architecture Triennial and Africa Is a Country, Ajam Media Collective, ArtReview, e-flux architecture, Jadaliyya, and Mada Masr, within the context of its inaugural edition, Rights of Future Generations.

To view the essays from all of the collaborating platforms, click here.

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Mohamed Elshahed and Farida Makar
New Schools, New Egyptians
Sumayya Vally
Golden Plateaus
Pier Vittorio Aureli and Martino Tattara
Platforms: Architecture and the Use of the Ground
Adam Jasper
An Island Is Thinking
Sharjah Architecture Triennial and e-flux Architecture
Editorial
Contributors
Mohamed Elshahed

Mohamed Elshahed curated the Modern Egypt Project at the British Museum, where he helped acquired a new collection of material culture from the past century in Egypt. He also curated the exhibition Modernist Indignation at the 2018 London Design Biennale. His book Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide, is forthcoming.

Informal Collective

Informal Collective is a heterogeneous and fluid constellation of researchers and practitioners established in 1998 interested in the relationship between image and conflict in processes of decolonization.

Adam Jasper

Adam Jasper is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture at ETH Zurich, where he is also the editor of gta Files. He contributes regularly to Cabinet and Artforum.

Farida Makar

Farida Makar is pursuing a PhD in history at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the history of progressive pedagogy in Egypt between 1900 and 1952. She has previously taught in the History Department at the American University in Cairo.

Vyjayanthi V. Rao

Vyjayanthi V. Rao is an anthropologist and writer studying architecture, infrastructure, and social life in large cities. She is the managing editor of the journal Public Culture and a member of its senior editorial board. She is the Co-Director of Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research and teaches Urban Studies at the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York.

Martino Tattara

Martino Tattara co-founded DOGMA in 2002 and is an assistant professor at KU Leuven, Faculty of Architecture.

Sumayya Vally

Sumayya Vally is a co-founder and director at Counterspace, an all-women architecture and research firm in Johannesburg. She currently a unit leader at the University of Johannesburg's Graduate School of Architecture.

Pier Vittorio Aureli

Pier Vittorio Aureli co-founded DOGMA in 2002. He teaches at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and is a visiting professor at Yale University.

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