Kreuzberg — “Little Istanbul”

Kreuzberg, an enclave of Berlin that has become known as ‘Little Istanbul’ offers a slice of vibrant Middle Eastern life in the centre of the German capital

Vladimir Tamari

Tamari was a celebrated artist of the Palestinian diaspora who lived out the later half of his life in Tokyo with his wife Kyoko and two daughters

Oddisee

Rapper and producer Oddisee talks to Brownbook on diaspora identity and how his music is shaped by everything from field hymns to Khartoum wedding music

Oscar Niemeyer — Tripoli

Within the one million square meter grounds, the Oscar Niemeyer-designed structures rise above the low buildings surrounding the complex – a sweeping arch, overlooking an outdoor theater, a massive dome, designed to be a convention center, an elevated concrete water tank, which was meant to have a panoramic restaurant situated on the top, there are 20,000 meter square of enclosed space and an additional 20,000 of open space adjacent to it. A total of 15 buildings make up the Fair, and all of them today remain empty, some still incomplete.

40 Knots House

The 40 Knots House is a building in a middle-class neighbourhood of Tehran designed by Alireza Mashhadi Mirza and Habiba Madjabi. The facade of the building features an intricate and uniform brick surface, which has been layered and knotted similarly to wool

Tina Gharavi

The Iranian-British-American film director, screenwriter and university professor Tina Gharavi is currently making a gangster film about Iranian women in 1980s Paris. She speaks to Brownbook on collective amnesia, the lack of empathetic storytelling, and why she relocated to Newcastle, UK.

Mornag Farm

Tunisian water engineer Amine Draoui left the city behind for a life in sync with nature. Now, Draoui’s life is perfectly synchronised with nature’s rhythm. ‘I start my day with the sun,’ he says. ‘I’m bound by it and can’t sleep longer because when it rises all the animals demand their breakfast.’