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Ashraf Talat Ali

Taikos prospektas 34, Kaunas 50230, Kaunas, Lithuania
Ashraf Talat Ali, an architect, studied bachelors of Architecture in Kingdom of Bahrain at University of Bahrain. Currently doing his Masters in Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania. Being Egyptian but born in Kuwait, allowed him to find home in his footing. Two months after moving to Europe, his essay work "Solace through the Sculpture of the City" was chosen for publishing by Architektūros Fondas, making it the only foreigner's entry to be selected in the competition.

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The Unreal City


Building an Imaginary Layer on Cities

The Unreal City


Building an Imaginary Layer on Cities
Building an imagined layer, through fictional narration that’s anchored by physical elements
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Cities and architecture have mostly been narrated and built by political powers and economic conditions. One of the main problems modern heritage buildings will have to endure is the insignificance of its objective features, due to globalization, making the subjectification of cities and buildings more important and relevant than ever.
Creating an imaginary layer would be the method to cope with post-truth era, in where the narrative of cities and buildings will be shifted and handed to the people, creating a democratic and personal city narrative, fictional yet supported by physical elements of the city, such as statues monuments and buildings.
Enforcing a relational strength to the intangible aspects of city landscape that shapes and creates its identity through both layers of the reality and the imaginary.


The Unreal City


Building an Imaginary Layer on Cities

The Unreal City


Building an Imaginary Layer on Cities
Building an imagined layer, through fictional narration that’s anchored by physical elements
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

Cities and architecture have mostly been narrated and built by political powers and economic conditions. One of the main problems modern heritage buildings will have to endure is the insignificance of its objective features, due to globalization, making the subjectification of cities and buildings more important and relevant than ever.
Creating an imaginary layer would be the method to cope with post-truth era, in where the narrative of cities and buildings will be shifted and handed to the people, creating a democratic and personal city narrative, fictional yet supported by physical elements of the city, such as statues monuments and buildings.
Enforcing a relational strength to the intangible aspects of city landscape that shapes and creates its identity through both layers of the reality and the imaginary.



Idea by

Ashraf Talat Ali
Taikos prospektas 34, Kaunas 50230
Kaunas
Lithuania
Ashraf Talat Ali, an architect, studied bachelors of Architecture in Kingdom of Bahrain at University of Bahrain. Currently doing his Masters in Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania. Being Egyptian but born in Kuwait, allowed him to find home in his footing. Two months after moving to Europe, his essay work "Solace through the Sculpture of the City" was chosen for publishing by Architektūros Fondas, making it the only foreigner's entry to be selected in the competition.