Challenges of a Territorialized City: The Case of Baghdad

Challenges of a Territorialized City: The Case of Baghdad

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41

The effects of the concrete walls such as divisions and the urban territory control on everyday life are forms of the territorialisation strategy in Baghdad.
For almost 30 years, the face of Baghdad has been littered with military control, and thus, it has affected the city intensely. Constant wars left behind blank, concrete walls (T-Walls), surrounding communities and isolating neighbourhoods. The T-Walls were implemented by the US-led Multi-National Forces (MNF) in 2007 to prevent sectarian violence between the Shia and the Sunni communities. However, the T-Walls have contributed to counterproductive effects; they managed to create fragmented areas where various isolated communities are segregated, leading to territory control within the city (Dorier-Aprill, 2007).

This research investigates the reasons for implementing the T-Walls. It explores the daily impact of the T-Walls in the city of Baghdad that resulted from applying the concrete walls. The research will present various events as part of the territorialisation strategy throughout the history of the city and, then understand what made Baghdad the way it is today.

Keywords: Baghdad, Walls, T-Walls, Sectarian Division, Territorialization, Territory Control.

Corresponding Author

Hanan Al-Qaraghuli

Technical University of Berlin

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Hanan Al-Qaraghuli

Technical University of Berlin

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Preferred Track

7. Urban competitiveness and social challenges

Second Preferred Track

6. Urban policies

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