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"Dans les Rues de la Casbah" : A Virtual Visit to the Casbah of Algiers

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salam,

Here is something you will certainly like, “Dans les Rues de la Casbah” a webdoc made by France 24, a virtual visit through the battlements of la Casbah; an interesting dive into the architecture of the city and the customs of its inhabitants…into what symbolizes an important part of the Algerian identity and spirit.

Dans les murs de la Casbah est le web documentaire réalisé par la Rennaise Céline Dréan en lien avec des chercheurs de l’université Rennes 2 et d’Alger, produit par Vivement lundi ! et le Crea (université Rennes 2). Ce document qui comporte vidéos, photos, pastilles sonores invite à une flânerie à travers les rues de la Casbah d’Alger, quartier populaire chargé d’histoire, symbole de l’identité algérienne. Le web doc propose une exploration interactive de ce quartier aujourd’hui en lutte pour sa survie.


A special dedication for "zmagra elli twa7chou lebled". Here is the link : http://casbah.france24.com/
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Nice .. thanks for sharing

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If only they come up with a project to renovate la Casbah... Aya who's in? ;)

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Algerian authorities think that they have to free the Casbah first of its inhabitants before being able to restore it, and so they started years ago plans of transferring some inhabitants to new residences, but then they realized that each time a house is free, it gets occupied back either by new people who would take advantage of the empty houses and would "squat" them or by its own old inhabitants who would come back after renting or selling their new houses "offered" by authorities.
And now I think that their plan is to abandon la Casbah and let it deteriorate until it becomes a place where it's impossible to live in, aspiring that people will leave it by their own and thus give the chance to authorities to restore it, but apparently they are not conscious here that given the housing crisis in Algiers and the economic situation there will always be people living there no matter how bad the situation of la Casbah becomes.

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Thanks for the Casbah tour bro, it's amazing mashallah lots of history. Like you said the restoration project will be very hard to accomplish knowing the dire housing situation in Algeria, which is very sad because it might end up costing us of one of our greatest historic monuments :(

rabi yuster... hopefully it will somehow last until it is somehow forced to be restored and preserved by the UN as a historic site.

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My genius cousin had this brilliant idea (he lived a few years in Tunisia and thinks its paradise compared to Algeria) .. anyways, his genius idea was to completely destroy the Casbah and build skyscrapers .. |:

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Have you guys seen that part of the doc where they show small kids in their classroom with that kid talking and throwing the word "si" (or "sti" which is, for those who didn't have part of their education in Algeria, a contraction of أنستي) ; So funny and cute, reminds me of my childhood :rolleyes:
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