About

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

He wrote a chapter on Density vs Sprawl in the The Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated and a chapter entitled 'The Visionary City' in The Lure of the City: From Slums to Suburbs. He is also the author of Style: In defence of Islamic Architecture

Karl has written for a number of international publications and organisations, such as The IndependentThe Sunday Times,  Foreign PolicyThe AtlanticOpen DemocracyThe Globe and MailThe Los Angeles Review of BooksCreative Time ReportsNew HumanistViceThe NationalAl-Akhbar EnglishNowJadaliyyaSyria DeeplyDaily News EgyptWorld Architecture NewsIndex on CensorshipDie PresseSpringerinThe Architectural ReviewMark MagazineNovoUrban DesignGlassBlueprintAn-nahar Cultural Supplement, and Culture Wars.

He has spoken on a range of issues such as art, architecture, urbanism and politics, at MoMA, the Barbican, Internazionale Ferrara and many others. 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.