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Author Monla, Mirna , Canada
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Work title: Turn the lights on when you leave (0000801649)

The cities of the Mediterranean basin are moulded by the geopolitical movements of their citizens. This is especially relevant today given the political unrest in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. Border crossings between North and South, such as Spain and the south of Italy, serve to highlight the magnitude of population movement in the region. These urban areas can no longer be read as independent city-states anchored within static national borders. Instead, they must be understood as temporal entities continuously changing as they adapt to their citizens’ movements. These fluxes must become our design tools: let’s begin by understanding these cities as if they were populated by the citizens that have already left. Turn the lights on when you leave, so that we may remember where you came from.