Book presentation
Architecture of Counterrevolution

Organizer: gta Verlag
Date: Monday, 18 December 2017
Time: 18.30
Location: ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, Baublibliothek HIL E 2

Contributions by
Veronika Darius, Director gta Verlag,
Philip Ursprung, Professor at the Institute gta, ETH Zurich,
and Samia Henni

The book examines the intersection of French colonial policies and military counterinsurgency operations in architecture in Algeria during the Algerian Revolution (1954–1962). In the course of this bloody and protracted armed conflict, the French civil and military authorities profoundly reorganized the country’s vast urban and rural territory, drastically transformed its built environments, rapidly implanted new infrastructures, and strategically constructed new settlements in order to keep Algeria under French rule. The colonial regime planned and undertook not only tactical demolition programs but also developed new structures in order to facilitate the strict control of the Algerian population and the protection of the European communities of Algeria.