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This is my personal space for thinking, tinkering, reading, commenting and learning about behavior, space, place and structure.

From urbanism to architecture, design and art, my diverse interests lie at the core of engaging with ideas, process and operational mechanisms. Follow me @fadishayya.

August 17, 2014 at 5:05pm

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April 29, 2014 at 5:30pm

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Israeli architect defends RIBA’s motion - Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine →

"Israeli architect and professor at Goldsmiths University Eyal Weizman has defended the RIBA’s decision to call on the International Architects Union to suspend the Israeli professional body."

See original article on Architect’s Journal by Richard Waite

April 16, 2014 at 1:43am

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Ayssar Arida on the Rise of the Urbatect at TEDxLAUSalon

April 5, 2014 at 11:05pm

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To (un)know poverty is to make a shift from asking how we can help the poor, to asking how poverty is produced, to asking how wealth, power and privilege are maintained.
To (un)know poverty is to make a shift from tinkering with the charity that can do good, to transform the policies that enable wealth but impoverish poverty.
To (un)know poverty is to find the impossible space of poverty action. It is an impossible space between two extremes: on the one hand, the hubris of benevolence…and on the other hand, the paralysis of cynicism.

— Ananya Roy (TEDxBerkeley 2013)


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"(Un)Knowing Poverty" by the charismatic Ananya Roy.

This is one of the most wise, smart and courageous discussions I have heard on poverty and our relation to it. Roy deconstructs the “relational” aspect we construct or inherit as part of how we know the world. While this is addressed to “millennials” of the West, I believe this applies to all millennials within a Western public sphere including all of us getting Western-style education back in the East.

This reminds me of my own questions when I walk the streets of Beirut and encounter people begging for money or assistance. While a few people offer so little money to help, the dominant discourse is “why don’t you go get a job!” People tend to dismiss how the same system that privileges them discriminates against their fellow “citizens.” Eventually, it is not the self-enacted joblessness that exacerbates poverty and need but the system that rewards the rich and impoverishes the poor.

March 9, 2014 at 5:30pm

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Acrophobes, Beware! These Paintings Will Give You Vertigo

Acrophobes, Beware! These Paintings Will Give You Vertigo

March 8, 2014 at 5:30pm

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Decolonising the Humanities →

March 7, 2014 at 5:30pm

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Why I Left Google →

March 6, 2014 at 5:30pm

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Top 100 Urban Thinkers →

Of course, they are all either Americans or Europeans!

March 5, 2014 at 5:31pm

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The Orderly Pleasures (and Displeasures) of Oil Urbanism →

March 4, 2014 at 5:30pm

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Against the Smart City →

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