France and the ‘Banlieue’

France’s ‘banlieue’ is a term often associated with the impoverished suburbs on the outskirts of cities such as Paris, known for mass public housing, crime and deprivation. They came to the attention of the media and the international public during the early 2000s, when civil unrest led to widespread rioting and arson. These ghettos becameContinue reading “France and the ‘Banlieue’”

Tehran’s Architecture

Tehran is not a city one typically thinks of when considering architecture. The city has been known for its somewhat chaotic and piecemeal skyline, housing some 10 million people. Following the Islamic Revolution, the assumption is that there would not be room for modernisation amongst its skyline aside from religious monuments, but this is notContinue reading “Tehran’s Architecture”