“…As we travel on, heading down the stepped paths, towards the sea, we pass a number of ruins; buildings left as they are from the many years of war, and neglect. New voids have opened up, disrupting the density pattern of the labyrinth like citadel. Most remain as anti-spaces, collecting rubbish, perfect outlines of plans scar the urban carpet, a reminder that homes once stood here.”
Is this state of dereliction to be the consequence of the Casbah? Listed as a World Heritage Site in 1992, the view towards this historic neighbourhood of Algiers is still associated with danger and neglect, resulting in a negative gaze. It has become the ‘backstage’ of the city. The project unfolds across three scales of mappings and analysis, investigating the relationship between the city of Algiers, the Casbah and the Voids.
The aim of this thesis project is to examine what are the relevant and necessary strategies to take with the voids, and in turn how may this strategy challenge the current gaze towards the Casbah, and Algiers respectively?