Urban Revolution: Yasser Arafat's Unlikely First Job Urban Revolution: Yasser Arafat's Unlikely First Job
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Urban Revolution: Yasser Arafat's Unlikely First Job

by Adriana Valdez Young

August 19, 2013

Back entrance to mosque at the Dasma roundabout

Fat aside, urban legend traces the spatial stigma back to Arafat—why else would Dasma be so bizarrely distinct from all the other cookie-cutter 'hoods if it were not for the off-the-grid thinker preoccupied with political causes? Or perhaps this was Arafat’s intention: to use urbanism as a medium for rebellion. Like Palestine, Kuwait was also a British protectorate. Was Arafat screwing with the perfect town plan to stick it to the Brits? If he couldn’t stop the division of Palestine, then he could mess with the royal radial city?

Kuwait City neighborhood plans from 1952 

Recently renovated cooperative supermarket at the center of the Dasma roundabout

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Urban Revolution: Yasser Arafat's Unlikely First Job