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Welcome to Kabul:Reconstructions. You can follow the information below, which has been gathered from a
number of sources by a number of participants (click on the names at left for bios), to reconstruct your
own picture of events in Kabul since this site was launched on March 8th, 2003 and, in a sense, since the
reconstruction of Afghanistan began somewhere in the winter of 2001-02.
Some of this information has been provided in response to specific questions submitted by visitors like you. Please note that this section of the project is now maintained as an archive and has not been updated since 2005. Click here to ASK A QUESTION.
Arian Mouj Sharifi
The recent land grab scandal has drawn attention to the acute housing crisis in Kabul, which has been precipitated by the current flood of returnees. One of the solutions now being proposed to this crisis is the construction of new housing projects, bloc-style apartment buildings of the type familiar to students of post-war architecture all over the world. One massive housing project of this type, the Macro Rayana, was actually built -- although never completed -- during the period of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. The cranes you see in these video stills do not mark an active construction site; rather, they've been propped up against the buildings (which are occupied to capacity despite some apartments' lack of basic facilities) for upwards of 11 years. As of the most recent reports, the interim government had no plans to finish the Macro Rayana project before embarking on the construction of new housing developments. Of course such a renovation would be made difficult by the fact that the Macro Rayana apartments are now so prized -- renting in the current market for as much as $1000/month, rumours go -- that it would be difficult to persuade residents to give them up even temporarily.
Posted By: mariam   September 29th 2003, 2003 11:41 PM
Kabul: Partial Reconstructions is an installation
and public dialogue project that explores the multiple meanings and resonances of
the idea of reconstruction -- as both process and metaphor -- in the context of present-day Kabul.
www.kabul-reconstructions.net is an online discussion forum, information resource, and medium for the communication of questions and answers about the reconstruction between people inside and outside the city of Kabul itself.