Deposed Presidents and Architectural Design

Weird title, I know, but that’s what been occupying my mind for the past couple of days.

So, the airport has finally been handed in! Possibly the most comforting thought after that ordeal is that knowledge that the next design projects cannot get bigger than a friggen airport.

The new batch of MEPIs are being to settle down to life in the States! While it’s kinda heartbreaking to see them posing in pictures at all our old haunts, I’m happy that they’ll get to experience the same amazing adventure we did.

Libya is still going through our oh-so-wonderful transition. Nothing major has happened recently (and by that I mean no major shoot-outs or killing) and I guess we gotta count our blessings.

However, Libya is being overshadowed by the political upheaval going on in Egypt. Unless you live under a very sturdy rock, you’ll probably have heard the latest news.

The coup-that-is-not-a-coup has overthrown elected president Mohammed Morsi. See how many inconsistencies are in that sentence?

What’s shocking is not so much the action of the military, but the way the anti-Morsi supporters have

1. Forgotten the murderous behaviour of SCAF as they sing their praises of them

2. Are willing to overlook the fact that Morsi and his supporters are being stripped of the same freedoms that the protesters want for Egypt

Take all the headlines from the past couple of days and remove every instance of pro-Morsi, and you’ll get the same headlines that were coming out the days of the anti-Mubarak protests. But when it comes to people who are ‘Islamists’ or ‘Muslim Brotherhood’, people don’t mind making allowance on their human rights beliefs.

Now, let’s get something straight; Morsi is an utter idiot. The guy is not presidential material. And the Muslim Brotherhood is playing a dangerous game of let’s-hold-a-monopoly-on-Middle-East-politics.

During the Libyan elections, the MB got the lowest number of votes, because Libyans are wary of this group. They are not native to our country and their objectives and goals are shady at best.

But the Egyptian people voted them in. This is the ugly truth that anti-Morsi protesters, while large in number and vocal in their demands, will not admit. If you want a stable, inclusive, democratic country, you cannot disenfranchise such a large portion of the population.

Another ugly truth is that ‘Islamists’ ( a word I hate btw because these idiots have nothing to do with Islam) tend to react violently. Put all these factors in a big metling pot and you got yourself a recipe for disaster.

You could call this Egypt’s own brand of transition, but I personally feel that it’s not going on the right path. Then again, I should probably look at my own country before judging, eh?

Our next project before the semester blessedly ends is a neighbourhood unit, which is NOT architectural design but Urban Planning. I’m sure I’ve already ranted once about the injustice of studying a major you never wanted in addition to the one you signed up for.

However, as I stand in a semester that is closer to the end than to the beginning, I’m beginning to see how architecture works within the social fabric of humanity. Namely, that architecture is just as much affected by people as it affects them. I think it’s not stressed enough the responsibility that architects have towards their communities, and it’s essential that we don’t lose sight of that in favour of money or fame

I’m not feeling to expressive or wordy right now, still kinda rusty from not posting in a while. Architect out.

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