9/11 as a matter of architectural criticism / by A B

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ATTA is exceptional, because 9/11 is described as a matter of architectural criticism (and not solely as religious terrorism). It is a fictional biography of the crazy mind Mohamed ATTA, who in 1999 defended a master’s thesis in urban planning that critiqued the introduction of Western-style skyscrapers in Aleppo and called for the return of the “Islamic-Oriental city.” Written in an experimental way, this book is a refreshing demonstration for the need of alternative ways to understand global terrorism. Especially memorable is the part where the author Jarett KOBEK deconstructs the movie “Das Dschungelbuch” as seen through Atta’s eyes.