arch-peace editorials

25 February 2019

Walled City of Lahore

Figure 1. New construction of Chowk Purani Kotwali - formerly a police kiosk in Mughal times. Street hawkers circle the avenue with their food stalls.
Image credit: IKAN Engineering Services

With a history reaching back more than 2000 years, Lahore has evolved gradually but continuously from a nonentity into a metropolitan city. Lahore is the second most populous city of Pakistan and the provincial capital of Punjab. It lies on the north-eastern part of Punjab and is close to the border of India [Figure 2]. It has almost always been the center of attention of the finest Mughals, as well as the British; so much so that in 1670 John Milton could not help but write: “Agra and Lahore, the Seat of the Great Mughal”.

20 June 2018

A Place to Live

 © Camille Gharbi

These pictures were taken over spring 2016, in what was called the Calais Jungle.
They display some of the constructions that were built by refugees and association workers in the slum, which sheltered several thousands of people since 2014 and was dismantled in October 2016 on government order.

The constructions shown here are decontextualized.
They are isolated from the original environment which has polarized media attention for so many years and about which so much as been said, shown, written on, and which was finally destroyed as no better option was found. Perhaps so that it can’t be seen anymore.

25 March 2018

ARTICLE | Patterns of Footscray

Understanding Melbourne’s multicultural melting pot

A Vietnamese grocer on Paisley Street extends its shop onto the footpath Image: Jimi Connor.

Underneath the perceived boundaries and divisions of Melbourne’s suburbs exists a fluid and constantly evolving network of multicultural communities. Arguably, these overlooked populations have played a pivotal role in the development of the social and cultural fabric of Melbourne; helping to define now sought-after suburbs like Carlton, Brunswick and Collingwood. The suburb of Footscray, located five kilometres west of the city of Melbourne, is a major point of confluence for some of Melbourne’s largest multicultural communities. From its infamous notoriety as a haven for drug users, to its current status as an entry point for immigrants, the urban environment of Footscray has successfully adapted to accommodate to the needs of a constantly developing city. It has achieved this by enacting an alternative model of urban development: whereby different waves of immigrant communities have been able to alter and adapt the urban environment—to suit their own particular practices and identities. The result is an urban fabric that is wholly unique: a complex hybrid of contrasting cultural practices, which overlap and intertwine with one another.

12 December 2017

EDITORIAL | Precarious Shifts in Homelessness Policy

Hard-line civic law changes, damaging to the rights of homeless persons, appear destined for defeat. But compliance officers may yet wield greater powers, and a crackdown on Melbourne’s most vulnerable is still on the cards.

Tsiboho, photographed sleeping rough at the corner of Swanston and Collins streets - 03/12/17.

Homelessness is on the rise in Melbourne. The increased presence on the streets, especially in the inner city, can hardly go unnoticed. Rough sleepers are seen bedding down on footpaths throughout the CBD, an uncomfortable truth that might have been inconceivable 5 or 10 years ago. It's a concern matched by data. In 2015 council’s StreetCount survey observed 83 people sleeping rough, the next year the figure had ballooned out to 247. Of those surveyed in 2016, 68% had been entrenched in homelessness for over a year. Coupled with an acute shortage of supportive housing, and with welfare services already stretched, Melbourne’s dire trend looks set to continue.