This research studies the employment of architecture, urban design and urban governance into the neutralization of space. Neutralisation is the process of enforcing a certain architectural or urban order and reinforcing it against possible threats of disruption. It is a general process with various manifestations from which I am focusing on urban residential spaces in the context of expanding state control in Egypt. I found my analysis on the theoretical literature of the nature of government and the definition of the political. Neutralisation counteracts the political - which I define departing from the theories of Jacques Ranciére while extending them. If difference, non-standard cultural practices and pursuing individual interests pose a threat to the single ideal model of the hegemonic power -or police order- they are thus eligible to be neutralised using spatial and non-spatial interventions, even coercively.  

Various technologies and imaginaries may be involved in this process. The research takes certain cases to study how do particular interventions were designed to neutralise space, and how far can they help in maintaining the spatial script, or ‘order’. For the purpose of this research, I will look from the perspective of urban geography paying more attention to theories around bio-power, socio-urban control, citizenship and the camp. 



Mohamad Abotera (researcher)

Els De Vos (promotor)

Stijn Oosterlynck (copromotor)