About

--> Karl reMarks is a Middle East political and cultural blog with occasional forays into satire. It is written by Karl Sharro.

Karl reMarks has been featured in The GuardianThe Economist, The Wall Street Journal, the BBCPublic Radio International, Al-JazeeraThe Daily Star, and Al Monitor.

Karl is an architect, satirist and commentator on the Middle East. He is a Director at PLP Architecture in London and co-author of Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism in Architecture which was included in 100 Artists’ Manifestos: from the Futurists to the Stuckists, a survey of 100 influential art manifestos from the last 100 years. He has practised architecture in London and Beirut, and taught for five years at the American University of Beirut.

Karl has written for a number of international publications and organisations, such as The Independent, The Sunday Times,  Foreign Policy, The AtlanticOpen Democracy, The Globe and Mail, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Creative Time ReportsNew HumanistViceThe NationalAl-Akhbar English, NowJadaliyya, Syria DeeplyDaily News EgyptWorld Architecture News, Index on Censorship, Die Presse, Springerin, Mark Magazine, NovoUrban Design, GlassBlueprintAn-nahar Cultural Supplement, and Culture Wars.

He wrote a chapter on Density vs Sprawl in the The Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated. He also wrote a chapter entitled 'The Visionary City' in  The Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs.
 
He has spoken on a range of issues such as art, architecture, urbanism and politics. He appears regularly on the BBC and other media outlets. He presented his argument for open borders in a TedX talk in London in 2011 and an argument for removing planning constraints and allowing people to build whatever they want in BBC Radio 4 'Four Thought' broadcast. He has also taken part in BBC Radio 3 programmes reviewing the Islamic Art gallery at the Louvre Museum in Paris and The Shard in London.