Mouna Abdelkadous is an architect, currently based in Stockholm. She is doing her research on “the Hybrid city”, using Algiers as a case study, investigating colonial power infrastructures and the informal and invisible form of culture in African cities.


Published Orientalism as an Architectural Practice funded by the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm.
This research focuses on how the French colonial authorities used Orientalist tactics on the vernacular architecture of the Casbah. In the end, we will see that despite colonial beliefs underestimating the vernacular architecture of the Algiers’ Casbah, recent technical studies have pointed out that architects have a lot to learn from the Casbah in creating sustainable and environmentally-friendly cities.

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