Dreamt Capital Cities
Dreamt Capital Cities is a project on utopian ventures of modern independent nations who intentionally built capital cities ex-nihilo. This research and story-telling project aims to describe reasons why these cities were built, what kind of values and dreams these cities had to materialize and finally, whether they succeeded in embodying these values. These undertakings differ in their aesthetics, narratives and historical contexts from nation to nation, but nevertheless, all of them represent an attempt of transforming values and political ideas into physical and spatial facts and of creating new political and national symbols. The project focuses on 8 capital cities that were built ex-nihilo - i.e. Washington, DC (USA), Canberra (Australia), Brasilia (Brazil), Islamabad (Pakistan), Naypyitaw (Myanmar), Abuja (Nigeria), Palikir (FS of Micronesia) and Ngerulmud (Palau).
It is Time for New Holidays
Today, throughout the United States celebrates the 4th of July – Independence Day. In 1776, the Continental Congress declared that it did not recognise King George of England as its ruler and announced the unification of the 13 colonies into a free and independent state. It was the beginning of the modern United States and …
The Golden Cage of the Myanmar Army
Since its foundation, a decade and a half ago (2005), the capital of Myanmar – Naypyidaw – has been a great mystery. Located in the center of the country, among dense tropical forests and rice fields, this city is shrouded in a veil of secrecy and illogicality. Until now, when the military coup carried out …
African Americans on the American Pantheon
Right on Public Remembrance Who has the right to public remembrance? Which group has the right to legalize its existence in public space? The appropriation of public space, as well as the rights of who can and who cannot be represented in it, are increasingly the topic of political debates, and even open conflicts. …