The Syrian capital—built as a social network of streets and souks—was torn apart by the civil war. Yet slowly, the city is opening up once again.
The capital of West Bengal is a young city that appears unable to escape the memory of a more prosperous past. Yet slowly but surely, Kolkata is changing.
There is one thing I owe to the pandemic. The refreshing thought that the city is not indispensable. I bid farewell to the thought of it as an exclusive synonym for the future.
Witold Szwedkowski, poet and Urban Guerrilla Gardening activist, talks about backyard policy, the spade as a tool of rebellion, and the subversive potential of the pumpkin.
Director Burhan Qurbani talks about his latest film “Berlin Alexanderplatz” and the mirror it holds to contemporary German society.
Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is ranked among the top three cleanest cities worldwide. On the surface, this is certainly true. But is this a good thing? And what happens when we peek underneath its shiny veneer?
In the fourth instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Anna Rembowska, a childhood resident of the Assistant Professors’ Hostel high rise in Łódż, remembers growing up as if in a Kusturica film.
In the third instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Damjan Dobrila, a life-long resident of Belgrade, remembers the community spirit of a childhood spent in the Serbian capital’s brutalist housing estates.
In the second instalment of our ‘Eastern Blocks’ series, Tetiana Shataieva, a Ukrainian journalist who grew up on a housing estate in Dnipro, remembers how her neighbours always looked out for each other.
When was the last time that you were truly surrounded by silence? City life is inevitably always accompanied by noise, and it’s a growing problem for our health.