Pulse Diagram

In ‘Pulse Diagram’, architect Chacha Atallah in collaboration with artist Haythem Zakaria, reflected on the fragile foundations of so-called utopias.

It is composed of 54 pylons, which refer to the 54 cities in More's Utopia, linked to each other by charred beams, created using an ancient Japanese technique that scorches the wood to extend its lifespan. In the early 1960s, the architect Yona Friedman proposed a 'mobile city', a series of moveable and floating megastructures, suspended on a grid of stilts so that they left a minimal footprint. With its burned wood supports, the Tunisian installation both celebrated Friedman's 'feasible utopia', and pointed to its fragile foundations.


Administering Body:

SLOW Maison d'edition

Design Team:

Chacha Atallah

Haythem Zakaria


Bertrand Sigwalt

Supporting Bodies:

SLOW Maison d'edition

British Council Tunisia

2016 Exhibitors