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How Egyptian Planning Helped Breed Revolution

Egyptian architects and planners cite the number of large public spaces as a factor in the success of protests in that country leading to the ousting of Hosni Mubarak.

Writer Elham Khatami speaks with Tali Hatuka, head of Tel Aviv University's Laboratory of Contemporary Urban Design:

"Civic squares are formal places designed to project the regime's power and monumentality," she said. "Because of the vast scale of these places, protests in these spaces contribute to transforming the individual into an integral part of a unified imagined community who in its presence challenges the hierarchal relationship between the citizen and the authority."

Full Story: Can urban planning affect protests?

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